2009 marked the year where most of my top bands had massive lineup changes and/or sound direction. The result has been I have hardly listened to metal as of late. I am really looking for hard-hitting melodic metal bands thats vocals swing towards that favor of clean. most of the shit I listen to is: Dream Theater - not liking their 6 song albums of 10+ minute jam band songs Evergrey - one of the few I am still liking Trivium - another good one (can't wait for the new album) Mercenary - went to shit after their lineup change Lacuna Coil - great stuff but the latest album is lacking Norther - really liked those dudes until they got their new singer Dimmu Borgir - can go fuck themselves (Vortex and Mustis kicked ass) Nightwish - where the fuck is their new CD? Children of Bodom - still bringin' it Soilwork - where they fuck are those guys lol Devin Townsend - legendary stuff, but can't listen to it all the time Dark Tranquility - kicks ass, but not feeling the death only vocals Into Eternity - Roth has had very little musical inspiration since he had a kid (the verse for every song on the latests album is the same fucking thing) Slipknot - still kickin' ass imo What else is out there in that vein? Really not a huge fan of In Flames, I like nightrage, but again, the death vocals only is hard to get into. Can't stand the female fronted bands (or most of them, most are very undynamic monotonous singers). I rather loath Death Metal and Black Metal, I think the only non clean vocalist band I can listen to is behemoth, which I like a lot. To summarize, I like more traditional music, I like to stay away from the novelty acts. Seems that since most of the bands I listen to have taken a turn for the worse, I really need new material, listening to older albums over and over is getting old. Any recommendations on the more melodic clean vocal metal out there?