So here's something that happens to a lot of metal bands: They put out some cool metal records, then they start getting bored of that or start loathing themselves, so they decide to make a big change in their sound. Some people cry 'sellout!', others don't give much of a crap, and others really like the new direction. Here's one band whose different eras I enjoy more or less: Paradise Lost. I like their early death/doom stuff, and I really like their middle period album Icon. It's quite a change in direction (or maybe a radical softening up of their original direction, whatever), but I think it's great music in its own right. I don't even mind whatever synth/goth rock Depeche Mode worship stuff they're doing nowadays that much. What are some bands whose various changes in direction you enjoy? edit: also, Bathory!!!