Will do~ Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to sit down and listen to anything these past few days (>_<) but I'll let you know when I do! Strings are always a nice sound to me, so I'm sure hearing them in metal will be really interesting. :~)
Aha, well, I'm mostly in to alternative music and such. Alternative is somewhat of an odd genre as a lot of the songs are often seen as pop-ish or get grouped with those songs, but are usually a bit different. I enjoy it for the more unique sound of the bands, and I find that the vocals are always great and can hit some good notes. In terms of groups, I'd say Imagine Dragons is my favorite. I don;t tend to like groups as I often find that I only like one or two songs from a band, but with them, there's only one or two that I don't like. A lot of people seem to know them for their two biggest hits, Demons and Radioactive, but those are just okay, in my opinion. They have better to offer, I'd say. My personal favorites from them are Fallen and one of their more recent songs, Polaroid. Would check them out if you get the time.
In terms of songs in general, there's this one called Kathleen by Catfish and the Bottlemen that I really like. It has a faster pace but with vocals that you might associate with slower songs, and it sounds pretty cool. Another one I like is called Don't Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes. It's a slower one, but I like it a lot. There's also a song called Hollow Moon by AWOLNATION, which is pretty good and is perhaps a bit metalish. (probably not but hey ) As you can probably tell, I don't talk about music much so apologies if my descriptions of songs aren't very good. ^^ You'll have to listen to them yourself to get the true message, I suppose.