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Thank you! I always struggled with timing but started playing alongside a metronome which helps so much - It's shockingly difficult to stay in time with blastbeats otherwise! I also record in Reaper and chunk it into 4-8 bars, using the "repeat" function. This lets me just keep playing until I'm happy with it and select the take that I want. (quick edit: I record while the metronome plays over the drums, just to be clear).

I use EZDrummer 3 for the drums, deathmetal plugin and some EQ adjustments. Nothing too fancy. It's all based off MIDI tracks so I can edit the beats in realtime, export from Guitar Pro, or base them off the included libraries.

Also I didn't want to spam but here's my first original song, I'm really happy with it! Even managed a small solo (not good enough for anything too flashy, but it felt like it needed it so I tried to include something).

Would love to add a bass track and some vocals but 1) Can't afford a bass, and 2) I'm too shy to practice singing hahaha

Whoa that's great! I could easily see that being a part of a death metal song. You're kind of inspiring me here to put more time into my own recording instead of just playing along in Rocksmith all the time. With some good vacation and holiday time off coming up it'll be a great chance.

It's the same for me with the blast beats and faster tempos. I can keep in time pretty well if it's slow, but as soon as I start playing 16th or 32nd notes it gets really tough. I checked out EZDrummer, and it certainly looks like it's easier to put down some sweet beats with that than Hydrogen. Christmas present for myself?

Bandcamp put out their best metal albums of 2022 list and I think they did a pretty good job. All great albums and worth a listen. The Ashenspire album right at the top was a huge standout for me too, Nansarunai is always fantastic if you like old-style black metal, and what the article says about the Ripped to Shreds guitar work is spot on.

I need to get back to listening to recent releases. I've been back-filling my '90s death and sludge catalogues.

Since today is my last working day of the year and I'm not getting anything done anyway, I figured I'd waste some time by posting for you fine folks in the metal thread! Instead of the usual top 10 list or whatever, how about just some of the more interesting and especially different releases I came across in 2022? Maybe you'll enjoy them and maybe you won't, but I hope you'll at least say, "whoa I've never heard anything like that before!" I have really enjoyed all of these this year.

Crestfallen Dusk - Crestfallen Dusk. This one answers the question that I'm sure you've asked, "what if black metal but also hillbilly blues?" This is possibly the most unusual one in the list here. There are ample guitar bends and sections that are completely bluegrass, and I'm all in for it.

Papangu - Holoceno. This one actually came out in 2021 but I only heard it for the first time this year, and it's quite a debut from this Brazilian band. I can't describe it much better than the blurb on their Bandcamp page: "Blending influences from sludge and zeuhl, Papangu's fluid sound is sieved through an unique mesh of prog, stoner rock, post rock and the rhythms of Northeastern Brazil, sounding as if Mastodon and mid-70s King Crimson had teamed up to concoct a Magma-like soundtrack to an anti-Bolsonaro play by Ariano Suassuna." I don't know who Ariano Suassuna is, but now I really want to watch one of their plays.

Vampiroteuthis Infernalis - Vampiroteuthis Infernalis. This band's name is the scientific name for the vampire squid, and they really went all in on that theme for their debut album. The sound is like a black metal band ventured to the bottom of the ocean and the microphones were on the outside of the submarine. An album that begs to be heard in a similar situation: in darkness and alone.

Lune - Hymns to the Lunar Realm. This one answers the question, "what if black metal, but performed by a cathedral choir?" If anything can be described as "epic" it would be this album. Another one with an apt band name. It's like traveling through space on your way to the moon, with the sun at your back and the stars in full view through the windows.

Ashenspire - Hostile Architecture. I mentioned this one a couple posts up, but it bears repeating. This Scottish band really put something special together here, full of emotion and struggle. The album's description says it well: "...a sonic exploration of the ways that subjects under late capitalism are constrained and set in motion via the various structures that uphold stratification and oppression in urban contexts." I don't know exactly how you turn that into music, but Ashenspire has somehow done it.

Chest Rockwell - Mentis Oculi. This is a one-man band that has somehow combined progressive music with a black metal tinge that really works. One of the few albums this year where after I listened to it I just went back to the beginning and played it again, multiple times. There are tons of layers and interesting sounds, so much so that you hear something new every time you listen.

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Thank you! I always struggled with timing but started playing alongside a metronome which helps so much - It's shockingly difficult to stay in time with blastbeats otherwise! I also record in Reaper and chunk it into 4-8 bars, using the "repeat" function. This lets me just keep playing until I'm happy with it and select the take that I want. (quick edit: I record while the metronome plays over the drums, just to be clear).

I use EZDrummer 3 for the drums, deathmetal plugin and some EQ adjustments. Nothing too fancy. It's all based off MIDI tracks so I can edit the beats in realtime, export from Guitar Pro, or base them off the included libraries.

Also I didn't want to spam but here's my first original song, I'm really happy with it! Even managed a small solo (not good enough for anything too flashy, but it felt like it needed it so I tried to include something).

Would love to add a bass track and some vocals but 1) Can't afford a bass, and 2) I'm too shy to practice singing hahaha

That sounds awesome, man. Well done!!

For bass parts, check out ujam’s bass plugin. Basically lets you program midi notes for bass. I really like the Rowdy version for my metal recordings. https://www.ujam.com/bassist/rowdy/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIh46Owc-N_AIVDwWtBh0qJw09EAAYASABEgLWIPD_BwE

Just listening to a bunch of highly-rated stuff I missed in 2022 from across a bunch of genres, and stumbled upon Backxwash today.

Ahem. Whoa.

I'm not even close to a metalhead, and that was awesome.

We'll see how far I get into this Artificial Brain album tomorrow.

Backxwash is awesome! The perfect intersection of metal, hip-hop and industrial

Moving this back from the Android thread - d4m0, I have listened to some Temple of Void before. For me, Perilaxe Occlusion is kind of unique in my experience, although I do see them fitting in with some of the "weird death metal" that I enjoy like Tomb Mold and Blood Incantation. Perilaxe is so fast, and so precise and technical, that I almost equate them to analog electronic music, in a weird way - realizing that it's all guitars, bass, and drums. Dunno, that's just how I think about it.

Yeah, I have to agree, it's hard to compare them to too much else out there. I really hope they can get out and tour someday because I bet it would be a hell of a show. They're in Ontario so hopefully Boston wouldn't be too much of a stretch!

I'm heading out to Boston tomorrow to see Rotting Christ, Carach Angren, Uada, and Gaerea in what is sure to be a good time. I forgot to mention the last time I was out there, a couple months ago to see Liturgy, it also happened to be the first-ever live show for Umbra Vitae, a sort of death metal supergroup. They kicked ass. None other than Stephen Brodsky was in the audience, and I got to meet him! Had a fun and awkward conversation about playing guitar.

In weird death metal, the debut album from Theophonos from a few weeks ago is fantastic. I really love his guitar tone.

Theophonos is the guy who was previously releasing albums as Serpent Column.

He said in this interview last year that the Serpent Column project is no more, and he'll now be releasing as Theophonos, which thanks to this post, I see he now has. Can't wait to listen to it. I LOVED Serpent Column.

So I guess Metallica released a new album, and it's another 77 minute, "why won't they cut anything" affair.

Is that new Metallica album worth taking 77 minutes to listen to? I actually liked Death Magnetic quite a bit, but that's now I think a few albums ago. They've been off my radar for quite a while I guess.

I just wanted to stop by mostly to let Fedaykin know that Perilaxe Occlusion surprised with a new release today, sort of. It's a compilation with everything they've put out so far plus two new songs. I picked up the vinyl and can't wait to toss it on the ol' turntable!

Edit: apparently this is Perilaxe Occlusion's final release! Sad news. Hopefully they go on to other bands and keep making awesome music in some form or another.

Aw, that's crushing news, even on Tears of the Kingdom day! I really wanted them to fill out their ranks and go on tour.

I've gone to a couple shows recently. I saw Municipal Waste but was too late (daughter had a guitar performance) to catch Texas' own Creeping Death - still haven't managed to see them. Municipal Waste was an absolute blast.

Then last week I saw Phobophilic, who I absolutely adore. Had a nice chat with their guitar player who was working the merch table. They fit right in with the weird DM bands like Tomb Mold and Blood Incantation. Fuming Mouth was interesting, but not quite my thing. Frozen Soul was good, so I have finally seen one TXDM band. Both they and Creeping Death have new music out. It was a weeknight and I've seen Tbdm before (RIP Trevor), so I called it a night early and went home.

Khanate surprise released a new album, 14 years after their post-breakup "final" album release. And their back catalog has been re-added to streaming services.

I come bearing riffs. Bit too heavy for the GWJ who play instruments thread

I got a bunch of new amp sims and pedal plugins so I was able to fairly closely match Conan's tone. Simple, heavy riffs. Double tracked and slight EQ adjustments, I threw in a midi track for bass and let EZbass play along with me but otherwise a pretty raw take.

Sounds awesome, Unicycle! I think you hit the tone pretty nicely there. That's gotta be quite the low tuning. I've checked out some of Conan's tabs in the past and they are way down at B standard or something insane like that I think. Too low for my guitar to handle!

Thanks! It's in A standard! Really low, I was actually surprised it was playable with 10-52 gauge strings. I probably wouldn't attempt anything that required tighter playing, because the strings were pretty wobbly!

Blackbraid's new album came out last Friday and it is a killer. It'll be on quite a few end of year lists I reckon.

Here's a taste, do yourself a favor and listen all the way through:

Not even a minute in and I can tell this is VERY much my thing. Thanks for sharing!

It's been just over 6 months since I've been diagnosed with a mystery nerve/ligament issue and I've struggled to play much guitar due to it. The second pair of scans came back clear despite the problem persisting, but I'm managing some more slow chunky riffs to keep the rust away. Doc thinks its super flexy ligaments, and rest won't help those so...Riffs. More riffs.

Recorded two guitars in Reaper using Neural DSP plugins, EZdrums and Loki Bass for the gear I don't have.

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It's been just over 6 months since I've been diagnosed with a mystery nerve/ligament issue and I've struggled to play much guitar due to it. The second pair of scans came back clear despite the problem persisting, but I'm managing some more slow chunky riffs to keep the rust away. Doc thinks its super flexy ligaments, and rest won't help those so...Riffs. More riffs.

Recorded two guitars in Reaper using Neural DSP plugins, EZdrums and Loki Bass for the gear I don't have.

Catchy riff! I wish I could play guitar, I would drive my wife crazy and most likely never stop playing cool stuff like that

Unicycle that sounds fantastic! You're starting to inspire me to stop playing so much Rocksmith and actually try to record something of my own. I even picked up EZDrummer a while ago so I could get some good drums, well, easily. Armored Core VI coming out next week isn't going to help...

Bolt Thrower!!!! The standard by which all of what I'll call straightforward death metal bands are judged. Sounds great, Unicycle!

I tend to lump DM bands I like into two categories: 1) Straightforward, which includes bands like Death and their devotees, Bolt Thrower and their devotees, etc. 2) Weird, like Demilich and all of their descendants, such as Tomb Mold, Blood Incantation, and personal faves Phobophilic.

It's not scientific, but that's how it is in my head.

Indeed it is the MIGHTY BOLT THROWER. Very few bands can come up with such straight forward but heavy chuggy riffs! I've not thought of death metal in terms of straightforward and weird, but I totally understand your division!

Speaking of Death, I might have linked them before, but I'm really fond of Gruesome. On one hand, they are a few notes away from "ripping off" Death, but they're also the only band I've found that comes close to matching Death's sound...So I'll gladly lap it all up! They do their inspiration justice.

Unicycle that sounds fantastic! You're starting to inspire me to stop playing so much Rocksmith and actually try to record something of my own. I even picked up EZDrummer a while ago so I could get some good drums, well, easily. Armored Core VI coming out next week isn't going to help..

Thank you, and you totally should! Recording has opened up so many more possibilities for my playing. There's a learning curve, but even just double-tracking yourself makes everything so much heavier and more satisfying Let me know if I can help!

I have to try double-tracking sometime, I've never even thought about doing that before! I have done a tiny amount of recording, so far just me on guitar and some programmed drums I put together. Nothing good enough to put online yet, but it's been fun. It's just... time. I wish I could quit my job and devote my life to making music and playing video games.

Fedaykin, I'm with you on the two categories of death! How about another one for the "weird" category? The new album from the amazing Thantifaxath came out back in June, after years away, and it does not disappoint.
One of those records you can listen to 20 times and hear something new every time.

Sorry about the double post but on the topic of death metal, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the new Horrendous album, Ontological Mysterium, out today. Their first in five years, and it's damn good. I actually saw these guys live probably about five years ago, at a really small show that also included Tomb Mold. I bought a sweatshirt from the bassist, who was running the merch table!

Unicycle, I dig Gruesome! I got to see Exhumed on tour with Revocation several years ago for the Death Revenge album, which was great! I like a good deal of Exhumed's stuff, but some of it is pretty simplistic grindcore, where Death Revenge was a departure into a more interesting direction for me.

The connection here, for those not knowing, is that Matt Harvey is the singer and principle songwriter for Gruesome and Exhumed. I had a cool convo with him after the aforementioned show where he seemed surprised to meet a new fan who was about his same age. I also saw him on the Left to Die tour, where they played Death material, including Leprosy in full.

On other tangents, I haven't recorded myself in (gulp) 20+ years, but when I did, I could just lose 10 hours working on something. I want to get back to recording one of these days.

d4m0, I'll try to check out Thantifaxath - you steered me soooooo right with the Perilaxe Occlusion recco a couple years ago!

Well hey! Tomb Mold put out a surprise new album last Friday after four years away with no big releases. And it's really quite fantastic. The first song is true to form and then they go into some new territory that, to me, is a great expansion for them. It never ceases to amaze me that the drummer is the vocalist in this band.

A favorite so far this year has been "PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation." King Gizzard does prog thrash.

Full album: