Teutonic Thrash Metal II: Kreator Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to the second lesson of my series based on Teutonic Thrash Metal bands!
    "Teutonic thrash metal is a regional scene of thrash metal music that originated during the 1980s in Germany. Along with Bay Area thrash metal, East Coast thrash metal, and Brazilian thrash metal, it was one of the major scenes of thrash metal in the 1980s." - Wikipedia

    In this second lesson I will cover another one of the 3 kings of Teutonic Thrash Metal.
    I’m talking about the band Kreator, which is also credited, with Destruction and Sodom, as pioneers of Death Metal genre.

    Check my first lesson based on Destruction here.

    Music Style:
    They started by playing Speed Metal style very much influenced by Venom, which is also connected to the style of Destruction and Sodom. They also explored some other styles like Industrial and Gothic during their career but they got back to their classic sound in 2001. In this lesson I have recreated their Speed Metal / Death Metal sound based on their most popular songs like “Violent Revolution” and “Enemy of God”.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    Their music is full of minor tonalities and the most used modes are Aeolian and Phrygian. This lesson basically combines E Aeolian, E Phrygian, E Phrygian Major and B Aeolian. This lesson is full of metal riffs and power chords but you can find the chord progressions behind them on screen and also over the tabs.

    This is basically a rhythm lesson. The tempo is very fast so you will have to train your right hand to play every riff 100% tight. The techniques used are Palm Muting, Alternate Picking and Only Downstrokes.

    The sound of this tune is once again pure metal! I used my Pod HD500 to build a guitar sound that finally really impressed me. I didn’t know that my Gibson could sound as metal as this lesson. I used the ENGL Fireball emulation with a 4x12 ENGL cabinet.

    Click HERE to download the Pod HD500 Patch.

    Kreator used mostly Dropped D tuning however I used standard 440 to make this lesson suitable for everybody without changing your guitar’s tuning.

    180 BPM

    Ok guys – it’s time for REAL METAL!

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