Personally I'm more of a European power or American progressive metal guy. Blind Guardian, Fates Warning, Tad Morose, Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, Nightwish, Queensryche, Demons & Wizards. Early Hammerfall was fun. MANOWAR, MANOWAR, LIVIN ON THE ROOOAD!
NEVERMORE is the best 90s/00s thrash band. Dreaming Neon Black. I only now realize the effect that band had on me. "We are the useless product of soulless flesh". Accurate.
Oh man, that could almost be a list of my metal history. Though it's been quite some time since I was really into power metal. Nevermore is metal in it's most glorious form to me though. Still is. I always find time to listen to most of those albums again. So good. Godless Endeavor especially.