First off, I know that there are a lot of threads on getting great metal tone on bass, but I'm not finding what I'm looking for. I've been on a quest to get a bass tone similar to A Storm of Light on their most recent album with no success. I am currently using an Ibanez Soundgear bass with active pups, an MXR M80 and a Fender Bronco 40. I can't get that growl with the same type of clarity. I've tried various things, including recording techniques to get a processed tone if not a live tone. I've decided to start from scratch. I am going to have to come in under $1500 total if at all possible. I need a suggestion on a new bass, I want to try passive this time, an amp (going for enough wattage for small gigs, head and cab preferable), and any necessary pedals. If I have to push my budget up, I'm willing to go up to $2000 if it is absolutely necessary. Please help!