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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pep Rallys!?!

Looks like my latest musical endevors see me playing at school pep rallys with the top musicians in my high school. Luckily, including myself, 3 out of the 5 people are in Vulturus. We played Thunderstruck and it was a hit (although I hate AC/DC) It was a blast, and we've been asked to play at every pep rally this year. Hopefully we have more freedom for song choice, cuz Thunderstruck was pretty much forced on us. I assure you this, the bell will toll...
4:08 pm - 3 comments - 4 Kudos
Sunday, August 16, 2009

Songs I Know

I'm trying to keep track of any songs that I can fully play.
Hit The Lights
The Four Horsemen
No Remorse
Seek & Destroy
Ride The Lightning
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Trapped Under Ice
Creeping Death
Master of Puppets(for the most part)
The Thing That Should Not Be
Enter Sandman
The God That Failed
My Friend of Misery
The Struggle Within
Iron Maiden:
Running Free
Phantom of The Opera(for the most part)
The Prisoner
Run To The Hills
The Number of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Die With Your Boots On
The Trooper
Aces High
Fear of The Dark
Lightning Strikes Twice
The Wickerman
Brave New World
Dream of Mirrors
The Fallen Angel
The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
Symphony of Destruction
Peace Sells
In My Darkest Hour
Angry Again
Sweating Bullets
Dread and the Fugitive Mind
Black Sabbath:
The Wizard
Children of The Grave
Iron Man
Judas Priest:
Breaking The Law
Hell Bent For Leather

6:14 pm - 6 comments - 4 Kudos
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Bass Blog

Current mood: satisfied

Here are some of my thoughts on the bass guitar in metal and some other opinions about the instrument,
1. I play with a pick. So what? Any finger-picking elitest out there who doesn't like that, fuck off. Whatever you like best, just use that technique. Don't let any kind of conformity or elitism keep you from doing what you want.
2.As far as bass playing in metal is concerned, I think it's fine to play along with the guitar. What makes bass in metal interesting is the intros, interludes, and fills. It's about serving the song and if you try to come up with something crazy to serve your ego, it may end up sounding absurd when it comes to the style of metal. Most of the greatest bassists of metal (Geezer Butler, Steve Harris, Cliff Burton) play along with the guitar,but also utilize great fills and other techniques. Some bassists say that guitarists are the egomaniacs and don't want to support that by playing along with the guitar. I call it playing along with the SONG. Isn't the guitar playing along  with the bass as well?
8:03 pm - 4 comments - 6 Kudos
Friday, May 01, 2009

The Slightly Bent Tour

   My school is going to have some kind of talent show to raise money and canned goods and it is called the Slightly Bent Tour. I decided to sign up for it and play a medley of songs assorted into a bass solo. It should be a lot of fun seeing some other bands and showing off my stuff,too.
Here are the songs (in order) that make up the solo:
Pulling Teeth(most of the first part/intro)
The Trooper(intro)
Peace Sells(intro)
NIB(main riff)
Hallowed Be Thy name(cool bridge)
My Friend of Misery(extended solo)
Orion(The "Cliff riff")
Seek & Destroy (custom ending)
1:19 am - 1 comments - 0 Kudos
Friday, March 20, 2009

My Current Setlist

Here's a list of songs I've been playing lately or have been working on:
Running Free-Iron Maiden
Trapped Under Ice-Metallica
Creeping Death-Metallica
Ride The Lightning(Working On)-Metallica
Killers-Iron Maiden
Hallowed Be Thy Name-Iron Maiden
The Wicker Man-Iron Maiden
Seek & Destroy-Metallica
Phantom of The Opera(Working On)-Iron Maiden
Prison Song-System of a Down
2:19 am - 3 comments - 2 Kudos
Friday, March 06, 2009


This is the bass that I'm going to purchase soon.Check it out and if anyone has any experience with it, please let me know.

4:38 am - 1 comments - 0 Kudos