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  • Heavier Than Hell

    MEGADETH

    Megadeth is one of the few successful heavy metal bands of the previous decade to survive the grunge epidemic and make the transition into the '90s, becoming more popular then ever. Their uncompromising style has produced a number of gems, but perhaps their heaviest offering is "Symphony of Destruction", the title track from the
    band's 1993 release.

    The riff is masterful in its simplicity. A wall-of-sound guitar tone is counterbalanced with effective use of space and silence. Make sure you stop all the strings appropriately in the rests. Note the characteristic half-step melodic pull exerted by the F5 to E5, suggesting an E Phrygian tonality. Economy fingering is the most efficient method here. Use your first and third fingers to play the F5 chords, then use your second finger to play the fretted portion of the E5 chords. The tuning is down 1/2 step.

    Symphony of Destruction
    Tune Down 1/2 Step:
    1 = Eb 4 = Db
    2 = Bb 5 = Ab
    3 = Gb 6 = Eb
    Intro/Verse
    Moderately Fast q = 142 - Symphony_of_destruction.mid



    Key signature denotes E Phrygian


    SLAYER

    One of the progenitors of '80s thrash and death metal, Slayer offers several ultra heavy moments interspersed sporatically between high-speed, double-time thrash grooves. Witness the intro riff of "Postmortem".

    Here, sliding power chords punch against a palm-muted open E string in a moderately fast triplet-based rhythm. While the first indication seems to again suggest E Phrygian (with F5-E5), the riff progresses into an ever-more twisted tonality, spinning out a half-whole diminished scale in measures two and three (harmonized in fifths), and ultimately delivers a complete diatonic meltdown in measure four with the sick and unnatural presence of D#5. Clearly a joy to behold. The tuning is down 1/2 step.

    Postmortem
    Tune Down 1/2 Step:
    1 = Eb 4 = Db
    2 = Bb 5 = Ab
    3 = Gb 6 = Eb
    Intro
    Moderately Fast q . = 140 - Postmortem.mid



    SEPULTURA

    Sepultura takes the diminished approach of Slayer one step further in "Dusted", from the band's 1996 release, Roots, by dropping the tuning all the way down a full 2 1/2 steps (a perfect fourth) for all strings across the board. This turns the sixth string into a super low B.

    As with all "across the board" tunings, however, we continue to refer to the notes using the original names assigned in standard tuning--we simply add the caveat that the strings are tuned lower. In this extreme tuning, the strings rattle so deeply that the pitches are somewhat hard to discern until you grow accustomed to it. (If you're going to play a lot in this tuning, it's a good idea to put on a heavier-gauge set of strings.)

    For the riff, Sepultura utilizes the first four notes of the half-whole diminished scale starting on E (E-F-G-Ab) and harmonized as power chords--as in "Postmortem"-- but without a pedal tone and in an entirely new rhythmic context.

    It appears written in eighth notes with a tempo marking of 216 bpm, but the half-time feel of the drums makes those eighth notes sound like sixteenth notes with a perceived pulse of 108 bpm (a moderate tempo).

    Dusted
    Tune Down 21/2 Step:
    1 = B 4 = A
    2 = F# 5 = E
    3 = D 6 = B
    Intro
    Half - Time Feel q = 216 - Dusted.mid


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