Really impressive collection for a 19-year old.
Yup, I have the body of a 19-year old, the mind of a 40+, the heart of a child and I feel 65+...
However, I would say that you're definitely missing some great American music. As you don't seem to be so much into superheavy stuff like Zero Hour, I'll stick to less heavy, more melodious stuff: Redemption, Fates Warning, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell, SyX, Rush, Psychotic Waltz, Steve Vai. These are all faves with me.
I've tried Redemption. But I guess I haven't tried hard enough. They have "it", you know. But today I'm much more in a soft mood, add a headache to it and you'll know that I can't listen to (the song on ProgArchives of) Redemption for more than a minute... I'll try later on though and I will check their website.
Fates Warning... Well I like the guitarwork of Jim Matheos on OSI. But Fates Warning's discography is very variated. You pick one album and it's heavy as an elephant, while the other is as progressive as... ehmmm... anyway... I need the time to dive into it. Maybe the albums with Kevin Moore first.
Stone Temple Pilots... NEVER heard of them.
Checking them now on Myspace, but to be honest I'm not really that impressed. But who knows...
Pearl Jam? Hmm... no.
Chris Cornell. Don't know him. But Myspace gives me some sort of singer-songwriter guy, with a nasal way of singing. Again, I'm not really impressed...
SyX? You mean Symphony X? Or Styx? I really like Symphony X! V: The Mythology Suite is amazing! I still need to find it somewhere, it's a worthy addition to my collection. Is V their best effort? I've heard their new one, and it's ok too, but Russell Allen sounds so different on that one... Symphony X is an interesting band that I absolutely like.
The first thing I heard of Rush was Snakes & Arrows. I instantly liked it! So this band is on my "to do" list. My dad knows some good albums too and he will guide me through it.
Of course I need to hear the obvious albums like Moving Pictures and Hemispheres or something...
Psychotic Waltz, isn't that with Buddy Lackey a.k.a. Devon Graves? I like his work with Ayreon so much that I tried Psychotic Waltz, but the ugly cover paintings reminded me so much of the Heavy Metal in its truest form that I hestitated. I'm not sure about this band. What is their main vision? What do they want to express? Can you recommend me an album?
Steve Vai is a Petruccian guitar player eh? Hmm... Recommend me an album and I'll check it out.
And how about focussing on some German groups? They're up to it too.
Sylvan? Yeah... I don't know, I listened to some of it, and it certainly isn't bad. But still I just know that if I'd buy an album of Sylvan it would gather dust in my collection 'cause there's so much better things out there...
I like RPWL's World Through My Eyes and it's German! I've listened to Eloy and I liked it a bit. Everon is quite good too. Neuschwanstein is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! And I've heard some of Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream. And they all had the good and the bad songs.