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Favorite Prog Rock/Metal Bassist(s)?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Justin Urry, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. Justin Urry

    Justin Urry

    Jan 11, 2015
    Who are your favorite Prog Rock/metal bassists? Mine are Mark Michell from Scale the Summit and Ramos Williams from TesseracT. Their compositions are just mesmerizing and rhythmical.
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  2. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Billy Sheehan - hands down
    John Myung - amazing
    Tony Levin - 'nuf sed
    Dave LaRue - amazing fingerstyle and slap
    Geddy Lee - put more of a rock edge with fast fingerstyle to what Squire was already doing
    Chris Squire - the GOV'NOR
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  3. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    This guy right here
  4. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    Pete Trewavas, especially with Transatlantic.
  5. dabaumtravis


    Jun 24, 2013
    Everyone mentioned previously, plus Justin Chancellor of Tool and Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree.
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  6. Seconding most of the people who have been mentioned. Adding Sean Malone.
  7. billgoodwin


    Mar 28, 2011
    Jean-Yves "Blacky" Theriault of Voivod.
  8. dabaumtravis


    Jun 24, 2013
    Also, not sure if they're prog enough for this thread, but Opeth's bassist Martin Mendez has some tasty grooves.
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  9. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear

    Aug 14, 2000
    I'll add Jonas Reingold and Dave Meros to an already great list.
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  10. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    My favorites would be Geddy Lee, Tony Levin, Justin Chancellor, Billy Sheehan, Jon Stockman, teve Harris, Dave Ellefson, Rex Brown, and a whole bunch of others that I'm forgetting right now.

    Did you know that Mark is on the forum?

    Show your video! --You on Youtube Part 3 | Page 73 | TalkBass.com
  11. Tony Levin, Chris Squire, and (one who doesn't get enough recognition) Mike Rutherford.
  12. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Squire is the God of Prog bass.
    John Wetton doesn't get mentioned enough so I give a shout out to him as well.
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  13. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    'Easy Money' is one of the most difficult songs for me to play and sing at the same time. It's nutz. I love it!
  14. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life.

    Aug 31, 2010
    Columbia, Mo
    Having used the word prog is gonna get you a list of the "same old, same old".
  15. Funkmabassup


    Jul 16, 2013
    most of the mentioned names + Michael Lepond - Symphony X
  16. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Huh. That would never occur to me that that song would be hard to play and sing. But I haven't done it.
  17. AMp'D.2play

    AMp'D.2play Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    My "Big 2" are Tony Levin & Colin Edwin. And after having been exposed to Porcupine Tree several years ago, I've obviously wandered into Steven Wilson's solo work. So, for a new name, I'll add Nick Beggs.
  18. Oneirogenic


    Nov 10, 2009
    Joe Lester of Intronaut. Juan Alderate.
  19. the_hook


    Apr 9, 2008
    The usual suspects:

    Geddy Lee
    Chris Squire
    Billy Sheehan
    Tony Levin
    Nick Beggs

    And some newer (or less known) names:

    Joe Lester - Intronaut (fretless 5 string)
    Lars K. Norberg - Sprial Architect
    Robin Zielhorst - Exivious (fretless 5 string)
    Dominic 'Forest' Lapointe - Beyond Creation (fretless 6/7 string)
  20. Ramleg85


    Apr 21, 2013
    Hartford, CT
    As far as 70's prog goes, love Wetton, Squire, Lake, Rutheford, all the big names ect.

    but gotta plug Ray Shulman.

    Easily the most underrated prog bass player ever.

    Sure enough people know about him but still not enough people know about him.

    Im not even factoring in his level of playing on the guitar, trumet or violin.
    Strictly on electric bass the man is brilliant.

    When I listen to other bass players in prog rock they always bend the rules if they are especially good players. When I listen to Shulman's playing on albums like Octopus, Free hand and Interview it dosen't even seem like hes playing the same instrument as these others.

    I don't really know how to articulate it. Hes great
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