I'm into mostly punk and hardcore but like a lot of crossover, thrash, and death metal. Some of my favorite metal bands have to be Testament, Carnivore, Type O Negative (class of their own), Arch Enemy, Deceased, and Death but I also happen to adore Satyricon and Blind Guardian (from when they were a speed metal band in the 80's, though I do like their ballad-y stuff.)
I've always considered Leeway and DRI to be the bands that bridge the gap for the music scenes I live in.
Have you played Metal Dead? It didn't have the death metal in-jokes I was hoping for, but I got a few chuckles out of it.