@the face: ha, I only meant they might not want to claim me ;)
as far as metal goes, I think the first step is to listen to as much as I can in order to figure out what does it for me, and what does not. I mean, I knew I liked Metallica, but they are pretty easy on the ears. Prior to now I've always lost interest at the 1st sign of a growl, but now I'm discovering there are actually bands out there with the *music* to pull it off (as opposed to sheer technical skill). but that's a topic for another forum, methinks, and I won't have time to write what I'd like to write until this afternoon. But thanks for asking!
@soda: I have a bass lesson this afternoon, so I won't be able to make that show. But that is pretty much the sort of shit I'm here to figure out.