I don't wanna learn how to play gay ass nirvana, I wanna be able to play stuff like tool/opeth/meshuggah/melvins/ministry/kyuss. What are some easy songs/solos in this genre?
some tool is quite easy. if you go and get the 10000 days album tab and print it out, thats actually how I started. Also if you want easy songs the misfits are quite good. That gives you and alternative to the new pop crap.
Windowpane by opeth has some great solos, start there.