In the last few columns we've been zoning in on lead-playing and shit so let's get back to doing some hard-driving rhythm work for a while-'cos well-balanced players rip on rhythm as well as leads. As far as I'm concerned, it's no good being able to wail out smokin' leads if your rhythm chops hugg! I've been into playing rhythm from day one, and a lot of that has to do with having a brother who kicks ass on drums.
This year marks 25 years since the release of one of the great thrash albums of all time, Slayer's Raining Blood. In honor of the album's 25th anniversary, Down vocalist Phil Anselmo recently shared some thoughts on the album.
Dimebag Darrell Abbott, Pantera’s high priest of six-string destruction, is feeling ornery. His eyes narrow as he slowly picks up his metallic blue Dean guitar. Cradling it like a sawed-off shotgun, the self-proclaimed “cowboy from hell” begins to frown. It’s obvious that he has something urgent on his mind.
Indie folk rock and Pantera are not two things mentioned often in the same breath, but today is one of those rare occasions. Philadelphia-based indie-folk band The Bailey Hounds recently performed an acoustic cover of Pantera's "The Great Southern Trendkill." The results? Watch the video below and decide for yourself.
Phil Anselmo recently caught up with the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner to discuss the progress on Down's upcoming album -- or series of 4 EPs -- along with the departure of Rex Brown, Pantera, and more.
What's up Dad, we're back! Last time we got into using the whammy bar to make natural harmonics scream back up to pitch. In this column we're gonna be using the bar to to pull these jewels up to notes that are higher than their regular pitch. One example is screaming the harmonic at the 4th fret (regular pitch is B) on the G string all the way up to D (Figure 1).
In honor of Dimebag Darrell's birthday (which would be on August 20), Disturbed -- along with members of All Shall Perish, Godsmach and Trivium -- paid tribute to the late guitar hero with an all-star cover of the Pantera classic. "Walk."
What's shakin', tough guy? Like I promised at the end of last month's column, this time I'm gonna light you up on how to do "harmonic squeals," like the ones at the end of "Cemetery Gates" (Cowboys From Hell.) A bunch of you have written in asking about this technique.