Diabolic Black Metal

by Lian Gerbino

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  • Hey GMC'ers! This time I've been working on a lesson in the Diabolic side of Black Metal. Since the very first songs, "Venom" and "Mayhem", a lot of bands has been working a lot in this style.

    There are many ways to play this style, many line up combinations, but just one goal: do it extreme, dark, black, and loud. I will show you how to combine some violent riffs, with deep and atonal melodies. The main focus is fast licks and tightness.

    Theory Tips:
    How to compose this? How to make a song sound Evil? There are many options, some easy, some require a lot of study and practice. Here are some basic concepts you can try: combine minor chords from a different scale. I combined C#m followed by Gm. I developed a melody during one chord (C#m) and when I fall to the other (Gm), I force the melody to a note of the scale of the new chord.

    Techniques:
    * Alternate Picking
    * Legato
    * Octaves
    * Palm Muting

    Tempo:
    160 bpm

    Scales:
    * F Minor
    * E Minor

    Tuning:
    * Down 1/2 Step
    * Eb - Ab - Db - Gb - Bb - Eb
    (From thick to thin string)

    Equipment:
    POD xt: (to record) - my presets are on my board ;)

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    Stay close!/ Lian

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