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Lord_Of_Diamonds
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Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:23 pm
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:44 pm 
 

I’ve tried time and time again to dig up something that might help me figure out this whole “metal riff” thing, but the answers I usually find are ambiguous or not even answers at all. So I ask you: what defines a metal riff? Must it have a certain amount of notes in it? How many chugs can there be before it’s considered percussion and not metal?

I’m asking because there are bands that aren’t here because they’ve never been metal musically, even though they might be metal sonically (5FDP). Likewise, there are bands that barely qualify as metal sonically or musically, yet show no signs of leaving (Helmet). I’m wondering how exactly this site finds metal in guitar parts - whether it’s an arbitrary decision, or if there’s some musical characteristics to be considered. If it’s the latter, I feel that it should be clearer about what musical characteristics need to be present for guitar parts to be metal.

Thanks in advance.
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Derigin
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:47 pm 
 

It's rather difficult for us to quantify it. You know it when you hear it.

It's not arbitrary, but it's also not science for us, either.
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