Who is the Steve Harris of Thrash Metal?
I've recently started listening to a lot of heavier metal and thrash including Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, along with newer stuff like Killswitch Engage, Trivium, FFDP and Skeleton Witch etc.
Although I like the growly pick tone that a lot of the bass players have in these bands I was wondering if you could recommend any particular players who really stand out and drive the band. The reason I have asked about the "Steve Harris of Thrash Metal" is that I am interested in bass players who are really at the heart of the band and define the whole sound by the way their bass comes through.
I've already started listening to some Alex Webster clips but who else would you suggest I check out?
PS: Although I love the music I'm too old to get the squabbles about what is metal core/post-metal core/screamo/djent/black metal/death metal etc.
I might not be able to define thrash but I know it when I hear it!
First that comes to my mind is clearly Cliff Burton. The bassist of the band that defined "thrash metal". He did some outstanding things and as far as I am into this genre (I might be a bit too young) he defined how a bass should sound in Thrash Metal
Next one would be Ellefson for me - Although he did not write all the riffs himself, he played the bass in the first line and very audible with riffs that were just as catchy as the guitar parts. Very cutting sound
I like a lot of Dan Lilker's stuff (early Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, Brutal Truth, and others)... he is definitely a strong presence but i don't know if he really has an identifiable sound.
Digiorgio by a country mile. No one comes close imo
Cynic (Sean Malone)
New stuff is good too
Atheist (Tony Choy)
Tony Choy on this album
this album is insane
Might not all be thrash... but whatever, the bass playing is what you want to hear.
Jean-Yves "Blacky" Theriault - VOIVOD....no other like him and his signature blower bass.
Check out a band called SOEN. The music sounds very Tool-derivative, but that rhythm section is out of this world: Steve diGiorgio and Martin Lopez.
Frank Bello and Cliff Burton come to mind
Rex Brown in pantera, that guy rocks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ8rg3S3vpI
I have to go with Cliff Burton, too. Metallica might have ended up being Cliff's band, just like Harris is to Maiden. Several things make me feel this way:
1. The three guys in Metallica moved upstate just to play with Cliff. There had to have been some deals/ultimatums involved, or maybe they just did as he suggested. He was THAT good..and had more "big time" experience from his earlier established band Trauma. Also something to think about; Cliff was the only real virtuoso of the band when he joined Metallica. They grew around Cliff's influence..and attitude.
2. Having a full 5 minute bass solo(Pulling Teeth) is a big deal, considering Cliff wasn't even around during the writing process of what became the first album. "We'll give you carte blanch if you stick around, Cliff!"
3. 'Master of Puppets' would have been a completely different album, without Cliff. Who else would get a whole 8 minute song based almost entirely on the bass guitar(which included guitar-like bass solos, along with 8 or so tracks of backing bass)? You don't "let" a musician contribute THAT much. With 'Master of Puppets' being their most successful and best album to date, I bet the management, record label, and band would've stuck to the "Cliff formula".
Can you tell I like Cliff?
Has to be Cliff Burton for me. The 3 albums he made with Metallica have some amazing bass playing!
Cliff, of course!
But also Greg Christian is pretty beastly.
Timi Hansen of Mercyful Fate really does it for me, his tone is just always there and works really well in the band situation.
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