I'm a part-time metalhead! You are not alone I liked metal since the early 80s and listen to it almost every day. Always something to discover. It took me a long time to dare listen to Mayhem and also actually Metallica back in 85 or so. So extreme (for me at the time)...I was used to Ozzy, Maiden, Def Leppard and Motörhead in the beginning, then slowly went more extreme. Favorite bands are Napalm Death and Satyricon, favorite guitar hero is Randy Rhoads, Dimebag and maybe Rune Eriksen ("Blasphemer" from Mayhem). I found out that Dimebag Darrell copied Randy Rhoads and Rhoads copied Brian May of Queen. Early Queen is kind of metal and my first love in rock music after being strictly classical as a boy. Queen is also kind of classical too!