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...
I'm trying to keep track of any songs that I can fully play.
Metallica: Hit The Lights The Four Horsemen Motorbreath No Remorse Seek & Destroy Ride The Lightning For Whom The Bell Tolls Trapped Under Ice Escape 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: Prowler Running Free Phantom of The Opera(for the most part) Wrathchild Killers 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
Megadeth: Symphony of Destruction Peace Sells In My Darkest Hour Angry Again
Dread and the Fugitive Mind
Black Sabbath: The Wizard Paranoid Children of The Grave Iron Man
Judas Priest: Breaking The Law Hell Bent For Leather
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?
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)
Hallowed Be Thy name(cool bridge)
My Friend of Misery(extended solo)
Orion(The "Cliff riff")
Seek & Destroy (custom ending)
Here's a list of songs I've been playing lately or have been working on:
Running Free-Iron Maiden
Trapped Under Ice-Metallica
Ride The Lightning(Working On)-Metallica
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