Originally Posted by gregmon79
Oh man you ain't lyin Charlie! I'm an absolute fan if the music/riffs that Ben writes. He's a great songwriter and is a perfect match for Cornell. I knew he used Mesa but wasn't sure on some other things. Thanks for the info.
For real, King Animal blew my mind. I wasn't expecting it to be so heavy, but tonally it's night and day compared to the other albums. No more wavey sounding mixes- especially in the drums on some of the older albums. It's awesome. The way Ben and Matt Cameron write around eachother is very unique. It's like they mash together 3 different songs and make it sound amazing.
I imagine his tone comes a great deal from equipment that they had left over from Hiro Yamamoto. It seems like he and Kim both use ampegs and boogie cabs. Here's another thread about his recent cab use... Nothing new, but interesting no less.. Ben Shepherd - holy crap