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Hernan's Blog of Hate!

[ Monday, February 03, 2003 ]


"Music. What is it good for?"

This is the long answer (not as long as it could get - a whole year of explanations?) to the question "what are your musical influences?", organized by the most influencial album from a most influencial band, in chronological order of appearance in my life. I havent forgotten nothing! So this is the final review, in my own way, of my top 25:

I. Bogotá School: (1991-1993)
1. Rust In Peace, Megadeth (1990) - Thrash Metal
Learned: rock guitar playing and soloing. That simple. Ah no? palm muting, power chords, lots of pinky finger exercises. Also pentatonic, arabian and chromatic scales. Beats all thrash albums.
2. Testimony of the Ancients, Pestilence (1989) - Death/Thrash Metal
Learned: my base guitar riffs and keyboard ambients. Rhythms based on the bass note-plus-the-octave, and based on minor 3rds, that is, the bass note plus its third, and the fifth plus its 3rd. Easy huh?
3. Reign in Blood, Slayer (1986) - Thrash Metal
Learned: fast guitar playing (16th notes) without breaking wrists, and dark (satanic) musical colors. What's that? open 6th string of the guitar, with ocasional power chords inserted in between.
4. Beneath the Remains, Sepultura (1989) - Thrash Metal
Learned: To play faster (in triads of 16th) and faster pentatonic (and palm muted) figures. The band Death with "Spiritual Healing" (1988) falls into this category as well.
5. Psalm 69, Ministry (1992) - Industrial Metal
Learned: to open my head to guitar and voice samples. First thoughts about using different types of distortion.

II. Cali School: (1993-1995)
6. Alice in Hell, Annihilator (1989) - Speed Metal
Learned: more fast tricks (like being playing and suddenly skip 12 frets), power-chord artificial harmonics, and new uses for scales.
7. Shepherd Moons, Enya (1991) - New Age
Learned: to give soul to melodies, minimalistic keyboard technics, and freestyle tempo (ala nocturne or barroque music).
8. Killers, Iron Maiden (1981) - Heavy Metal
Learned: to play loosely in tempo (began losing thrash metal dexterity, but what the heck), and the famous Iron Maiden figure (melodies using major and minor 3rds), double guitars, and fast trills.
9. Necroticism, Carcass (1992) - Grindcore/Death Metal
Learned: intrincate structures and guitar rhythmics 3 full tones below normal. Original uses for the augmented and diminished scales.
10. Awake, Dream Theater (1993) - Progressive Metal
Learned: (whew...) to combine different metrics in one song, to dare to try unison melodies, more tricks in solo playing and planning, and the need to make conceptual albums. This band helped expand my musical spectrum. Too much to list.
11. Domination, Morbid Angel (1995) - Death Metal
Learned: insanity and darkness through music, plus dark chords and many innovative rhythm technics. The most honest band of this list, so I guess honesty and respect to one's style.
12. Icon, Paradise Lost (1993) - Gothic Metal
Learned: sadness through music, and simplicity. The band Tiamat, with "Clouds" (1992) falls here too.

III. University: (1996-2001)
13. Animals, Pink Floyd (1977) - Progressive Rock
Learned: to create ambients and colors through musical experimentation. The other band that bends the musical spectrum forever. Too much to list (2).
14. October Rust, Type O Negative (1996) - Gothic Metal
Learned: seductive darkness through music, and to play really slooow. The impact of a real frontman, something I'll never be.
15. Astro-Creep 2000, White Zombie (1995) - Industrial Metal
Learned: that great sound (noise) comes from layers of the same. Nine Inch Nails' "The downward Spiral" (1994) fits here too, where electronic production is God.
16. Whoracle, In Flames (1997) - "Death" Metal
Learned: to balance changes from heavy riffs to acoustic bridges. This is not pure Death metal. Known in its time as Scandinavian... err... uhm... something.
17. Time Machine, Joe Satriani (1993) - Instrumental Rock
Learned: soloing, scales, and much skipped musical basics. Rock music that actually can make you feel happy. This guy introduces anyone to blues, funk, boogie, rock ballad, even thrash.
18. My Arms, your Hearse, Opeth (1998) - Gothic Metal
Learned: to put a different chord on top of another. This band was doing what I was trying to do at the same time. Some (some!) of my music sounded like them without even having heard them.

IV. Post University: (2001-2002)
19. Nothingface, Voivod (1989) - Progressive Metal
Learned: the richness of 6th note-based chords, and disonance in general.
20. Surrender, Chemical Brothers (1999) - Big Beat
Learned: to combine the too old with the too new, and more colors. Basics of nowadays eletronic music. How to mix, when to mix, what to mix, and how to get to the next song.
21. Discovery, Daft Punk (2001) - Disco
Learned: music in layers, and the production taken to the detail. The science behind vocoders, and where to get the perfect sample to mix.
22. ComputerWorld, Kraftwerk (1981) - Electronic
Learned: that perfect timing and FM sounds can sound great too. The godfathers of techno pop.
23. Windowlicker EP, Aphex Twin (1999) - Ambient
Learned: to take perfection to the micro-detail. I also learned what I wont be able to do in terms of production. And detail. Too meticulously difficult!
24. Moon Safari, Air (1998) - Retro
Learned: that old sounds generate great ambiance. This makes you wanna learn the history of synths (moog and stuff like that), just to get the right instrument for each melody.
25. Tempovision, Etienne de Crecy (2001) - Chillout
Learned: the lounge sound and feeling, and more electronica tricks.

I like: The Doors, Obituary, Underworld, Black Sabbath, Old Metallica, Cradle of Filth, ArchEnemy, Steve Vai, Cassius, Virgil Donati, Soda Stereo, Pantera, Rush, Testament, Eric Clapton, Modjo, Jamiroquai, Anthrax, Napalm Death, 60's-70's Raphael, D.R.I., Deicide, Jimi Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen, Fantastic Plastic Machine, Depeche Mode, etc.

...but never got into my head the way the other artists did.

That's all. Hopefully this blog will beat azul's in terms of the MOST PAINFUL BLOG TO DOWNLOAD! :) Hate ya in a few days.

PD. Demoness still rules.

Hernán [11:04 PM] -

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