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Metal band with no Low End

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by powmetalbassist, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

    So a friend of mine has rejoined the band that I had left earlier in 2012. No big deal I could care less, we are all still on good terms.

    Anyway I was talking to him and he says the band is going forward without a bassist and now has 3 guitarists.....wait for it....breath......ok

    Now that the shock has passed through your veins lets look at this. 3 guitarists in a metal band...not unheard of, but fairly rare, on top of that it has no bassist (they don't seem to want to find one). Ok....sure. Just wondering what the community thinks of this. Personally I think it'll sound mediocre at best, they are all good guitarists and know their stuff. I just can't see them doing the covers they were mentioning. Can't remember the exact songs but some covers include: Behemoth, Iron Maiden and Dragonforce.

    I just can't imagine it sounding very good without the low end keeping those three egotistical bast...I mean guitarists :) in line and maintaining a balance as it were.

    Now I know alot of you smart asses are going to pop into this thread. I'm just wondering what you guys think and if my friend is walking into a train wreck waiting to happen.
  2. tink9975


    Aug 10, 2006
    MoCo, MD
    Maiden with no Bass? FAIL
  3. Im in a..........'metal' band with three guitarists, luckily they seem to let me do what I want. ive listened to them without me during writing and its a w9nk fest :smug:
  4. Your friend joined a metal band with no low end, huh?

    I didn't know Metallica needed another guitarist...
  5. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    If they down tune into the bass region it could work. I've seen a few bands pull it off but it would usually be original music designed around not having a bass.
  6. Legault


    Jan 22, 2013
    It's possible one of the guitar plays could be tuned down to a bass, meshuggah tuning
  7. ZBirdV8


    Feb 26, 2012
    Detroit Michigan
    I wouldn't do it, but Motorhead, although they have Lemmy, the way he plays is more of a rhythm bass than a deep bass. I think it could work, but dragonforce... LMAO.
  8. +1 Epic Fail

    Original music written without bass in mind is one thing. Covering bass heavy music without it, is ...........something else.
  9. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    Uh crap.
  10. Just my opinion, and not unlike someone elses, so why not clarify your own, rather than just throwing a one liner?
  11. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    I think he was saying that crap should go where the something else is.
  12. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    just to play devil's advocate, i played a gig with these guys a few years back and they sounded great. not exactly metal, but very heavy, and not at all lacking in low end. they had 3 guitarists and a drummer... i think they tuned to drop C.

    at least one guitarist had a big fuzzy bottom end :ninja:

    Let Our Enemies Beware:

  13. Ah, if so, my bad. Sorry.
    Didn't intend to take anything the wrong way.

    I guess brevity is sometimes easy to misread.
  14. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    3 guitarist and no bassist = someone is gonna be stuck in bass duty and it's usually the worst of the three lol.

    Can already see where that's going including the possible drama of hurt egos.
  15. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    Here's some metal without a bassist:

  16. gard0300


    Jan 10, 2011
    Vandalia, Ohio
    Not sure if its a duplicate. But Metallica on the Justice album.
  17. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    The funny thing is, most major metal concerts I have attended have had almost no bass in the mix (which was audible.) It was all bass drum, guitars and cymbals.

    Very disappointing.
  18. LeoSash


    Feb 13, 2012
    I find that most metal i've heard now a days doesn't really need a bass because its so distorted and heavy already the bass wouldn't add much, especially with 3 guitarists.

    That being said, the only problem i see here is trying to play iron maiden without a bass which is like trying to play any judas priest song without the halford like voice. It just doesn't work. It may sound good or it may sound really bad but we won't know until we hear it.
  19. alec


    Feb 13, 2000
    Perth, Australia
    Animals As Leaders manage OK without a bassist by downtuning 7 string guitars.
  20. Also 8 string. Bunch of kids in my area are now all onto 8's as the "new thing". Meh, at that point they should just play bass with super light gauge strings. Oh wait, then they wouldn't be cool anymore. Damn.
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