Also, I know Alter Bridge is in the list, but I do not like their Rise Today song.
I bought their new CD a week or two ago and I must say I really like it. Rise Today is an OK song, but it'* def. not my favorite. Come to Life is an awesome song, as is the first track, Ties that Bind. Blackbird, the song, really deserves a listen to as well. That said, I really despised their first cd. Way too soft for me, and way too Creed to me.
Come to think of it, I had no idea Relient K was actually a "cool" band. There was a music video clip of them in front of a group of people, and the lead singer looked like a polyurethane dummy because of how stiff he appeared.
I forgot to add Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Audioslave to the list of recently heard bands.