Like a lot of writers I use music to get into the mood of my scenes. When I find a piece that works I play it over and over, sometimes for days at a time if I need to stay in the place where my characters are. I use several groups, some of which are--Within Temptation, Muse, Nightwish, Evanescence
I have to make special mention here of Lori Cunningham who has taken her own spot in the music I listen to. Not only is she beautiful, but she is a wonderful talent. And a woman of courage who stands up for the ideals we all should espouse. I expect her to do great things with her music and become a real success. I feel privileged to be able to use her music in my work. See her sites here and here
My most recent find, one that I'm excited about is Manic Bloom. Not only do they have great music, but their lyrics totally reflect what I am writing. It's as if they looked inside my head. I hope to hear more from them. See them here and here.
As the kids say, "They totally rock."