Argentinian Folk Metal

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    This lesson is very special for me because I decided to cover a style that mixes Heavy and Thrash Metal with Argentinian folk music. We had many bands that combined folk with rock and metal, but the most popular metal band here is called Almafuerte. This band, led by Ricardo Iorio, an Argentinian metal legend (who also founded the other two biggest bands in Argentinian Metal history; V8 and Hermética), is also formed by a killer guitarist: Claudio Marciello. Together they are responsible for many beautiful Argentinian Metal songs that are also usually defined as Metal Argento.I hope that you'll enjoy this lesson.

    Music Style:
    The style is mostly based on Thrash, Speed, Heavy and Hard rock, influenced by the classic bands like Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Metallica and many others. But what makes them unique is the fusion created in many songs with Argentinian tango and folk music. Everything is obviously connected with powerful lyrics based on our country’s good and bad things, our customs, our miseries as well as our good people and wonderful places. If you like this tune, I recommend you to check songs like “Se Vos” and “Convide Rutero”, as well as the album “Peso Argento” by Ricardo Iorio and Flavio Cianciarullo. As you can see in the main video, I combined nylon strings acoustic guitar with electric guitars, in order to get the fusion sound.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    Most of their songs are in minor tonalities, same as with other metal masters. They love minor Aeolian, and Phrygian as most of the Thrash Metal bands. This tune is in E minor and all the melodies and arrangements have been composed using this scale and the Minor Pentatonic.

    This lesson includes acoustic rhythms, electric guitar rhythms as well as some melodic arrangements and a metal solo very in the style of Claudio Marciello, who says his main influences are Paco de Lucía, Steve Howe, Al Di Meola, Gary Moore, Eddie Van Halen and Luis Salinas.

    Tuning: Standard 440 tuning

    Tempo: 180 BPM

    I used LePou plugins to create the electric guitar tone. The cabinet used for this guitar tone is Poulin HyBrit.

    These are the settings used:

    Guitar Rhythm:

    Guitar Solo:

    Click HERE to learn more about the used plugins.
    Click HERE to download the patch used.

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