I'm a big Dream Theatre fan. Live the music is clearly metal, but the levels of their recorded music make it sound more arena rock. I've found that group like that are good "gateway" metal bands for the uninitiated.
I'd arguably call them Prog. Rock more than Metal.
Also - while I manage to enjoy their music, I don't find it as sophisticated or musically diverse as other bands in their general genre such as Porcupine Tree and Haken.
Will you guys be my new friends?
DT, P-tree, and Haken!
Yeah, DT is more prog than metal. Unreal talent though.
I've been more of a prog guy than metal guy for the last 10 years or so.
I do still rock Anthrax - Sound of White Noise from time to time at work, and recently relistened to Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses. Those guys crack me up!