Teutonic Thrash Metal III - Sodom Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to the third 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 third lesson I will cover the last of the 3 kings of Teutonic Thrash Metal.
    I’m talking about the band Sodom, which is also credited, with Destruction and Kreator, as pioneers of Death Metal genre.

    Music Style:
    Sodom’s music not only influenced many Death Metal bands, they have been also a great influence for Black Metal bands from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. They started the band based on influences by Motorhead, Venom and Accept but they really evolved into a unique Thrash Metal band that has been one of the most popular in their country. In this lesson I tried to recreate their music based mostly on their masterpiece “Agent Orange”.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    As happens with the other Teutonic Thrash Metal bands, their songs are full of minor tonalities and the most used modes are Aeolian and Phrygian. This lesson is in D minor and you will find riffs composed with Aeolian more and some others with the help of Phrygian.

    Techniques:
    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.

    Sound:
    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.

    Tuning:
    Dropped D

    Tempo:
    145 BPM

    Ok guys – it’s time for METAL!



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