Yeah, I really want to go to Wacken. If I had known about it earlier, I might have tried to get there this year...maybe next year.
I've been meaning to go to Japan for a while now, so I could marry the loud concert with a trip to the orient.
Melodic Death Metal as well as some more extreme progressive metal were the gateways to some technical death metal. There are some astounding classics like Death - Symbolic, Atheist - Unquestionable Presence, and Edge of Sanity - Crimson oh and Cynic. Lately I've come upon some good modern Technical Death Metal bands like Beyond Creation, Gorod, Allegaeon, and Ouroboros which I've mentioned in this thread before.