Admittedly my experience is primarily Acoustic Guitars, BUT:
PRS tends to be the holy grail of metal guitars from what I've been told. Gibsons and Fenders are really good all round guitars for any style, though I would recommend starting with either an Epiphone or a Squier, simply because the price point is better. The guitars might be a little heavier than their higher end counterparts BUT some people (myself included) actually like the added heft.
If I had to give a recommendation outside of those, I'd look at Ibanez. They've gotten a bad rap in the past but their quality in recent years is stellar, tone is great, and my Ibanez SG Bass has been my best guitar for years. Might be an unpopular opinion but while I've had no issues with Ibanez, I know plenty of people who have either regular or semi-regular issues with their "high end" guitars.