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Resources for extreme metal musicians such as transcriptions and tabs for guitar, bass and drums, links to tabulature books, instructional DVDs, and online video tutorials.

Can Songsterr Fix Internet Guitar Tabulature?

July 30th, 2013 in Resources For Musicians0 Comments

Songsterr is a cool online resource that basically does what GuitarPro and PowerTab do, except it’s free and the content is user-generated and moderated. Definitely worth checking out.

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Aeon and Orphaned Land Song Demo Videos

June 25th, 2013 in Resources For Musicians0 Comments

Check out these official song play-through videos from Aeon and Orphaned Land.

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Sick Drummer Camp

July 23rd, 2011 in Resources For Musicians0 Comments

You know that stupid ad where the guy goes to rock school and learns to play rock guitar? Turns out something like that sort of does exist, thanks to Sick Drummer magazine. The folks at Sick Drummer are putting together a 5-day drummer camp that features George Kollias (Nile), Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal), Sean Reinert (Death/Cynic), Danny Walker (Uphill Battle/Intronaut) and Navene Koperweis (Animals As Leaders), plus guest appearances by several other professionals.

From the press release:

The event is open to those 18 and older and will be held the first week of October in Northern California, about an hour north of San Fransisco on a 5 acre private retreat. This retreat is amazing and offers seclusion, various class/performance spaces, lounge areas, hot tubs, an inground pool, billiards, hiking trails and much more. We will be close to nearby stores, shopping, restaurants, wineries, a casino and many other attractions.

This is not only a chance for you to learn from some of the best drummers available, but a chance to hang out with them for a week! You will be eating with the instructors, racing go-karts and doing other fun activities with them, and pretty much getting to know them over the course of the event. You will not only walk away with what you have learned, but with some new friends in the drumming world and what is bound to be one of the best experiences of your life. Not to mention, all of this will be filmed for a DVD!

Kind of makes me wish I was good enough at drums to go to this. It’s not cheap obviously, but how many times are you gonna get to do something like this?

Check out the press release page for details on how to sign up:

» Sick Drummer Camp

7 Horns 7 Eyes Vocal Tips

April 26th, 2010 in Recommended Music, Resources For Musicians0 Comments

Of all the main metal instruments – guitar, bass, drums, vocals – the vocal aspect is easily the one I’m the worst at and the most mystified by. I can’t get myself to make anywhere near a menacing metal growl without fucking my throat up, which means I’m clearly doing it wrong.

So I was happy to run across this post by Seattle’s 7 Horns 7 Eyes vocalist Kyle Wood, describing some of the mistakes novice vocalists make, as well as describing the basics of metal vocals. He doesn’t go into too much detail, but he does make it clear what the right approach is. Wood also gives lots of credit to Melissa Cross’s The Zen of Screaming DVDs. Having just seen his band perform, I can definitely vouch for him being at least a pretty competent and fairly versatile vocalist.

Also, if you’re into sludge and/or Meshuggah-type polyrhythmic bands, you should definitely give these guys a listen. They clearly borrow a lot from Meshuggah, doing a lot of ultra-heavy off-time rhythmic stuff coupled with doomy, sludgey riffing. Their rhythm section pulled it off surprisingly well, so their upcoming debut full-length should be an interesting one. Supposedly it will be coming out later this year.

» 7 Horns 7 Eyes on MySpace

Two Official Mithras Guitar Tabs Available

February 13th, 2010 in Resources For Musicians0 Comments

Mithras guitarist Leon Macey has transcribed official guitar tabulatures for two of the band’s songs, ‘Under The Three Spheres’ from 2007’s Behind The Shadows Lie Madness and ‘Wrath Of God’ from the 2002 debut Forever Advancing…… Legions.

» Wrath of God
» Under The Three Spheres

In order to play the songs, you’ll need to either have a 7-string guitar or tune your 6-string down to A#. You’ll also need some major chops to play along with Macey’s compositions.

Check out this post on Mithras’s MySpace for more info as well as links to discussions about the tabs on the band’s official forum.

Obscura Tabulature Book Out Soon

November 27th, 2009 in Resources For Musicians0 Comments

Relapse Records is releasing a guitar tabulature book for Obscura‘s Cosmogenesis album on January 5th of next year. It sounds like a pretty sweet deal – aside from the rhythm and lead guitar transcriptions for each song, the book also includes a digital download of the album, as well as isolated guitar tracks to play along to. The guitar track sound files in particular are something I haven’t really seen offered for any other metal tabulature books, and it seems like that would be a really useful learning tool for guitarists trying to play Obscura’s material. Judging by how insanely technical this album is, you’ll need all the help you can get!

» Order the Cosmogenesis tabulature book from Relapse

Mithras Guitar Instructional Video

November 6th, 2009 in Resources For Musicians0 Comments

Guitarist Leon Macey from UK death metal band Mithras has posted an instructional guitar video on YouTube that breaks down the solo from ‘The Caller And The Listener.’ In the video, Leon plays the insane solo a few times and then breaks down the various pieces more slowly, although honestly even with Leon’s help you have to be a pretty damn good guitar player to play it. At the end of the video the backing track is looped a few times so you can practice the solo. It’s very well done video and all you extreme metal guitarists out there should definitely check it out.

Apparently Leon also handles the studio drums in addition to the guitars for the band, which is just plain ridiculous. I mean, one dude having that amount of musical talent? That’s just not fair to the rest of us.

‘The Caller And The Listener’ comes from 2003’s Worlds Beyond the Veil. You can stream the track, as well as the rest of the Worlds Beyond the Veil album from MySpace here.

Mithras are currently working on material for their fourth album.

» Check out the video
» Mithras on MySpace

Roadrunner Records Tabs of Metal Contest

August 16th, 2009 in Resources For Musicians0 Comments

Roadrunner Records and are teaming up with an ongoing Tab of Metal Contest that fans of Roadrunner might find interesting. Every two weeks, a new fan-made guitar tab of a Roadrunner artist will be featured, and Roadrunner is inviting fans to upload videos of themselves playing the featured tabs onto YouTube. The winner gets some Roadrunner CDs, including the ones featured in the contest.

So far they’ve posted tabs from Killswitch Engage, CKY, and Dream Theater. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll bust out some Cynic or some old Gorguts or Suffocation next!

» Check Out Roadrunner’s Tab of Metal Contest

Augury Offering Clinics and Lessons on Upcoming Tour

August 12th, 2009 in Live Warfare, Resources For Musicians0 Comments

Canadian progressive death metal band Augury will be making themselves available for musical clinics and private lessons during their upcoming North American tour. For details about how to reserve a spot, check this post on Augury’s MySpace page.

Augury will be embarking on an extensive tour in support of their new album, “Fragmentary Evidence.” They’ll be joined on tour by God Dethroned, Woe of Tyrants and Abigail Williams.

Sick Drummer Magazine Interactive Cymbal Ad Features 4 of Metal’s Best Drummers

March 15th, 2009 in Resources For Musicians0 Comments

Metal drummers might find this interesting – the latest issue of Sick Drummer magazine contains a cool interactive ad for Sabian Cymbals which lets you see and try out the cymbal configurations of Meshuggah‘s Tomas Haake, Cryptopsy‘s Flo Mounier, Cynic‘s Sean Reinert and Dethklok / Death / Strapping Young Lad / etc.’s Gene Hoglan.

Head over to and check out Issue 5. It’s pretty cool to be able to compare the different selection of cymbals that each drummer uses and hear how it might affect their sound.

Sick Drummer Magazine is actually pretty sweet. It’s a free online magazine, which allows it to include videos, audio and other multimedia and dynamic content in the magazine. I was surprised at how well they did the web interface, it’s refreshingly easy to browse through the magazine and use all the different features in it. They routinely have interviews, lessons and other stuff featuring metal’s best drummers. I wish they had more transcriptions and lessons and stuff like that, but since there aren’t too many similar resources out there I really shouldn’t complain.