I repeatedly listen to a few of BG(Blind Guardian): Valhalla, Mirror Mirrow, they sing a lot of songs related to medieval times(like LOTR songs, etc). They have heavy metal, rock, and solos all in one :tongue.gif:.
My two favorite bands, 'Detholz!' and 'Roletta Secohan'.
The first is a local Chicago band that performs eclectic Devo-style alternative rock while singing about creepy stalkers, satanists, and martians.
The latter is a nifty jazz/rock band from Japan that uses primarily drums, bass, saxophone and piano coupled with frequent tempo changes and abrupt rest notes along with a very energetic singing style, achieving beautiful results.