Favorite bands :
ANNIHILATOR! And all the others.. Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Iced Earth for metal. Good music can be any genre though. So some of my other favorite "bands": Pink Floyd, GnR, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (yep), The Black Mages (hell yeah), Lost Horizon, The Satch, The Offspring, Beethoven (band?!), Dr. Dre.
And too many more to mention.
Guitar is sick. I picked up my first one in 2000. Over the last year or so I've been practicing a lot more and writing material for an instrumental EP/album. I'm not trying to make money, just decent music.