By this I mean, are you able to tell what band a song is being performed by, without knowing the song? Simply by recognizing the sound of the vocalist, the style of the lyrics and riffs. Perhaps the tempo is even a common one used? That's usually how I describe music to people. If I'm telling someone about a band they've never heard of, I can usually compare it to several other bands that the person may know. Tierra Santa sounds alot like a spanish version of Iron Maiden because of the types of riff they do, but also because the vocalist basically just sounds like the Maiden singer, singing in spanish lol. When I'm listening to music at work, a lot of times a song will come up on shuffle that I don't neccesarily recognize. However, I can still usually tell who the song is by. (Except when it comes to R.E.M. and Barenaked Ladies. Those vocalists sound so similiar, it's scary.) After I've listened to a band lots, then it's not hard because I recognize the voice of the vocalist, and also I've gotten to know all the songs. However, some bands have a similiar style between all their songs. Disturbed, Tragically Hip, Matthew Good Band, Coheed and Cambria, City and Colour, to name a few. Alot of those bands, I haven't heard all the songs, but I can tell which one is which after the first few bars of the intro. Each one has a distinct style of sound, and each song that they do has that sound to it. To the point, where with City and Colour, I can't tell the difference between any of their songs haha. I like them, but it's almost like they have just one song, with different words each time lawl. So how about yourselves? How well can you recognized different bands if you hear a song by them that you may not have heard much? Do you know any bands that have a distinct common sound between songs? Any other comments on what I've said?