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I'm a diehard metalhead and musician. My main instrument is the drums, but I also play a bit of guitar and bass and can do a pretty decent job at death metal vocals.
I've been playing a kit for eight years now and have studied Jazz, Rock and Metal techniques with various private teachers over that time. My double kick chops are definitely solid. My blast beats still need some work, but I can play Gene Hoglan-style blasts competently. Like I said, I'm "classically trained" as a percussionist/drummer, so my technique in both my hands and feet has gotten a ton of attention and practice time over the years. I can read music for the drums, but don't ask me to read drum tabs, I'll learn it by ear. If you'd like a general idea of what I can play, some bands I frequently play along with are Opeth, Alice In Chains, Amon Amarth and Megadeth.
I'm a self-taught guitarist and haven't really put much time into applying my knowledge of music theory to the guitar (in terms of learning keys and scales). I cannot play leads yet, but my rhythm playing is solid. My right hand picking is surprisingly good, so playing open or palm-muted 16th notes or sextuplets and any sort of syncopation isn't a problem. But, my left hand's fingers are a bit sluggish/sloppy on the fretboard from time to time. I play metal pretty much exclusively when it comes to guitar. However, that doesn't mean I don't have a good ear for more lyrical/melodic phrasing. When I'm writing, I usually compose three or four Metal tracks and then to switch things up I'll write a melodic, clean instrumental song (think Explosions in the Sky/Isis).
I play both a six and a seven string guitar. Just to clarify, I didn't buy the 7-string because I think I've mastered six strings and need more of a challenge. I got the baritone for that extra low end that's so important these days in Metal and Death Metal especially. A good number of my favorite bands tune to B or Bb standard or even occasionally drop A (i.e. Bloodbath, Amon Amarth, Meshuggah, Electric Wizard). So covering those bands' songs is another reason why I wanted the 7-string.
I don't have much bass experience, but I do have some. When I record my own tracks I use an octave shifter to record my bass parts, as I do not own a bass. I play bass with a pick. Lame, I know, but my right hand's fingers just aren't used to playing fingered bass. That being said it should be obvious that I also have no slapping experience, so if you're looking for that color in your bass parts, I can't help ya.
I started doing Death Metal vocals about a year and a half ago. I can't really say that my voice is too similar to any vocalist that I listen to, but my favorite (those I try to imitate) "growlers" are: Mikael Akerfeldt (Bloodbath, Opeth), Chuck Schuldiner (Death), Jens Kidman (Meshuggah), Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy, Bloodbath) and Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth). I've been really trying to get as much "grit" into my vocal tone as possible as of late. I can hold a scream for a pretty long time, especially considering I smoke a pack a day :). For an example, see the chorus of my Stoner/Doom Metal track called "Evangelical Antichrist".
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- Member since:
- Sep 14 2010
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- 50 to 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 4-5 nights a week
- Most available:
Meshuggah, Fredrik Thordendal, Opeth, Bloodbath, Amon Amarth, Electric Wizard, Primus, Death, Megadeth, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Dethklok, Down, Pantera, Frank Zappa, High on Fire, Jeff Loomis, Isis, Kyuss, Les Claypool, Mastodon, Monster Magnet, Necrophagist, Tool, Sepultura, Soundgarden, White Zombie, Blood Red Throne, Bolt Thrower, Bongzilla, Hypocrisy, Morbid Angel,
- Other Percussion:
- Rhythm Guitar:
Mapex 5-piece kit, Sabian and Zildjian cymbals, Iron Cobra double kick pedal, Evans heads, Dean Vendetta 7-string guitar, Ibanez Gio 6-string guitar, Fender Mustang II amp, M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB Interface, Audix D6, Shure PG27, Shure SM57, oh and I have a djembe if you'd like to go all Sepultura on a song or two :)
Empty Time Year: 2010 Album: M.E.R.W.E.C. Genre: Metal
Undoing Year: 2010 Album: Untitled Genre: Metal
Evangelical Antichrist Year: 2010 Album: Untitled Genre: Metal
A song inspired by the documentary "Jesus Camp" reflecting my opinion that Evangelical Christians are, in fact, the spawn of the Antichrist :D