Okay, I thought I would describe my band for analysis from all of you. I have been playing bass guitar for 2 years now, and I recently dropped out of high school (senior year, halfway through the year) to concentrate on music and music alone. The extra time has really payed off, I have seen dramatic improvement in ALL aspects of my playing (speed is up to the 200 bpm sixteenth notes range), I'm developing a distinction between notes without directly working on playing by ear, and my technique has become knowledgeable, powerful, and authoriative. My rhythm guitarist has been playing for a year. For like the first seven months he only played guitar. Eight hours a day, every day. Seriously. He can basically play anything that he wants to. My drummer has been playing drums for seven years. He is the best drummer in the area. We don't have a singer yet (I'm going to find one in Norway when I am there for a year). My best friend has been playing guitar for awhile and is advancing as a lead guitarist. We are developing our sound to fill the gap in metal today. Metal keeps reaching new lows, but we intend to change all of that. We want Metallica heavyiness with the melodic aspects of Iron Maiden and In Flames (Swedish melodic metal, for those who don't know them), and various other elements (Megadeth, System of a Down, Black Sabbath, etc.) My drummer has the worst personality problem of all time. He is extremely huge and is very annoying. We put up with it, as long as he isn't trying to make decisions for the band. My rhythm guitarist has a new girlfriend and doesn't play as much as he used to. He used to be dedicated to this band and this band only. We work on coversongs now to develop a good foundation to build our own sound on. When we are playing, it's magical, but all sorts of problems we suffer from, too. I'm pressed for time here (got to go wash dishes). I don't exactly know why I am posting this; I guess I'd just like your analysis. I'm totally dedicated to music; this is what I want in life. I know we would be great if we could overcome the problems (lack of focus on their part, etc.). If it comes down to it, I will trim the fat (pun intended) of the band to meet the ultimate goals I have. peace.