I think more bands should release songs like Vermillion 1 and 2. Have a heavy version and a light version. Pretty cool.
If you like lighter bands, check out Blue October as well. I like the album "Foiled" and some of their older stuff is good too.
Anyone ever do karaoke? I met my wife in a karaoke bar. Fun stuff. Just don't ever EVER sing Metallica, even if your good at it. The superfans will descend on you.