Just wanted to give some more props especially to a lot of European bands...they just do the tragic and epic sounds I love so much sooo well. Like lately I can't get enough of Swallow the Sun, My Dying Bride. In Flames, etc...etc. TON also did this so well which is why I love them so much.
Bands that were the most influential to me are Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, and Type O Negative. I remember how much of an effect Jane's Addiction had on me at the age of 16 and I still get giddy just watching their videos on YouTube. They are one band that I have yet to see live and I missed my opportunity last year. Hopefully they come back around again in the future.