Sunday, July 4, 2010

Riff Factory & The Art of Zhun

I will always be a Dino fan. His playing had a huge influence on me in the mid-90s. While I like this, you have to admit it's a bit comical calling it "music." Evidently this is the finished product, the kind of thing I could spend 8 hours a day practicing to perfection, thus driving everyone around me insane. It's easy to see why some people don't get it. Sometimes I don't either. Nonetheless, chaos metal is awesome. Horns up to Dino. Artificial harmonics rule!

And now for a fun-filled holocaust of burning beans drilled to perfection... By the way, it takes a lot of practice and dedication to become an awesome shredder. Metal musicians deserve more money and should be paid by the note. They've earned every one of them.

...followed by a slow, melodic soul-crusher. Enjoy...

* Notice the use of 6/8 in this song. Composers use it when they want to evoke the feeling of the sea. With a primary pulse on 1 and a secondary pulse on 4, there's a rocking-back-and-forth feel like waves. Water being the symbol of emotion, its effect is two-fold. Add a minor key to it and you have the equivalent of something sad moving in the depths. Songs like this are cool because they are like the ocean -- strong, powerful, and somehow able to speak to the soul.