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Pellinore
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:13 am 
 

Looking to hear what y'all would consider to be essential or must hear albums for Metal Bassists. I'd personally say that the first 4 Black Sabbath albums, Metallica's first 3, and just Iron Maiden in general, though especially Number of The Beast, all belong.

And if Rush is metal add Moving Pictures too.
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ReignInBloodyGore
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Joined: Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:53 pm
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Location: China
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:46 am 
 

No surprise for me to post about Overkill, as many of my posts have been about them.
Their bassist D. D. Verni is just outstanding. He has some especially great bits on their second full-length, Taking Over, as well as on other early releases. He still sounds great today, but I think the earlier material showed off his nice lines the best.

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RichardDeBenthall
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Joined: Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:46 am
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Location: United Kingdom
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:30 am 
 

For me it'd be:

Black Sabbath - Self Titled (pretty much everything else too)
Iron Maiden - Self Titled (but pretty much everything else too)
Cream - Disraeli Gears (not metal but Jack Bruce is what you want to be doing)
Deep Purple - Machine Head
Motorhead - Ace of Spaces/Overkill
Megadeth - Peace Sells

Going for the slightlymore extreme/avant garde I'd go for:

Morbid Angel - Covenant
Death - Human
Tool - Lateralus (fuck off it's a metal album)
Yes - Fragile (Chris Squire is massively important to metal bass playing)
Rush - Farewell to Kings

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dontrushurshot
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Joined: Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:52 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:08 pm 
 

Atheist - Unquestionable Presence

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OFFICIAL_AWOKENINLIMBO
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Joined: Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:16 am
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Location: Australia
PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 6:36 am 
 

if you want technical bass playing Origin is a good choice.

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arnvidr
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Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:51 pm
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 6:09 am 
 

None.

Depending on what kind of bassist in what kind of genre you want to be, nothing mentioned in this thread is remotely relevant.

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InnesI
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Joined: Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:19 pm
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 11:58 am 
 

I'd like to contribute by not only listing the most obvious choices and/or the technical bass styles.

Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal

There is nothing flashy or hard about the bass playing here but I list it as an example of how to make use of the bass at the forefront and being the driving force and not the rhythm guitar. The sound is massive and it connects the drumming and the lead guitars really well.

Youtube: show


Mastodon - Crack the Skye

I list this as an inspirational album in two ways; (1) the utilization of different effect pedals and (2) the way it is used not to mimic the rhythm guitar nor the drums. The bass exists here as its own thing but at the same time connecting everything to a whole.

Youtube: show


Burzum - Belus

The way Varg uses the bass as a way of carrying a (slow) melody or rhythm and not following the guitar and drums that both play faster. So simple, yet so effective.

Youtube: show


Obscura - Cosmogenesis

My only contribution which is of the technical kind. Fretless bass, technical death metal, insane speeds but also intricate melodic passages. Jeroen Paul Thesseling plays here and while the bands other bass players are also technically great I think he is the only one that makes it sounds fluid with the music and not the kind of play-something-flashy-right-here feel others have had.

Youtube: show

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