I did think of one thing you can maybe help me with.
Friday night at Denny's we met these girls (over an argument about who sang the '80s song "Joey." One of the girls was hot AND intelligent, two things that rarely go together, so of course Hyperion was pleased. She asked if I was into speed-metal, and seemed disappointed that I wasn't. (Sort of a back-handed compliment, I guess). She even gave me all these speed-metal bands to listen to.
Now, I will listen to anything that's good, but I confess, I don't know enough about speed-metal to decipher the difference at this point. So, someone who's a fan, help Hyperion out. What should I be looking for when I listen to these songs?