I just started getting into black/death metal about six months ago. Before that I was just into Pantera, Iced Earth, old Metallica, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden, so I just called them all metal. Now I hear "melodic death metal", "black metal", "melodeath", "technical metal" etc. I even hear metal being describe by the regions the band is from, "Polish death metal", "Scandinavian death metal" Why is Kalmah "melodeath" and not "melodic death metal", or "synth black metal"? Is melodeath the same as melodic death metal? What are some examples of bands in each genre? I personally don't always enjoy being such a stuck up ass about catagorizing music, but it helps when trying to explain a unique band to someone, or when someone is trying to explain one to you. Thanks for helping me in my metal genre noobness.