What are 3 attributes, practices, techniques etc. you like and dislike in metal? Can be specific to a genre, more broad, whatever. Likes An atmospheric/hypnotic/almost mystical quality. Sustained notes, non-metal influenced melodies (Folk, Drone, Space Rock, Ambient), and unique instruments- synths, sitars, hurdy-gurdy, jaw harp, etc. can really contribute to the feeling. In more uptempo metal I rather like prominent lead guitar work that's somewhere between riffing and a solo. Brings such an energy. Iron Maiden & Shylmagoghnar are both good examples within 2 different styles. Maybe a counter-point to the above, but when drums & bass are prominent in the mix and writing. I know it's easy to write music focusing on the guitar and vocals, but it makes me happy when the bass plays more than root notes and drum fills are clearly inspired or even carry the melody in their own way. Dislikes As much as I love it: overdoing the atmospheric shtick. There comes a point when it gets so ambient or repetitive that it just doesn't feel like a song anymore. Punk/Hardcore/Deathcore style vocals in metal. I can't even explain why these get under my skin so much. Can enjoy or at least tolerate every other style. Lyrics that are overbearingly contemporary. I love metal much for it's escapism so hearing about politics, religion/anti-religion, relationship shit, etc. is just a letdown. Would much rather get some history, sci-fi, fantasy, monsters, massive bong hits, etc. What do you got?