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mugen_infinity
06-29-2008, 02:22 PM
hi, im a violinist and a guitarist and my 'band' has requested that i play violin for them. so ive been doing a bit of research to find bands with violinists in them for inspiration.

right now, ive found mainly folk/viking metal bands (such as Elvenking and Korpiklaani ) and Yellowcard.

ive hit a standstill and cant find anymore. can anyone assist by telling me some rock/metal bands with permanent violinists? or some good rock songs with violin parts?
thanks a lot.

johnny butt
06-29-2008, 02:29 PM
blue october
flogging molly
nickel creek (not exactly rock but w/e)
gogol bordello
dusty rhodes and the river band

pablo_arg
06-29-2008, 02:30 PM
Hurt, pretty awesome band.
Flobots, not metal or anything, they're rap, but their badass and they use a violin.

.6.bullets.
06-29-2008, 02:30 PM
I AM Ghost used to have a phenomenal violinist, but I do believe she left the band :(
Emilie Autmn plays violin too, she's a good artist.

CT32
06-29-2008, 02:32 PM
I hope this isn't useless as it's not just strictly violin, but there's always Nightwish. Of course, there's much more than just violin, but the violins play a strong part in their music and it could at least lend to some ideas.

Also, check out some country rock. Some of those bands aren't too twangy or stereotypical country, but use some great violin/guitar work.

firebreath07
06-29-2008, 02:33 PM
Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Can't believe nobody's mentioned them yet

pablo_arg
06-29-2008, 02:36 PM
Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Can't believe nobody's mentioned them yet

Ah, damn I knew I forgot to mention someone.

aaciseric
06-29-2008, 02:37 PM
Bon Jovi used alot of violins on their latest record Lost Highway and when they played it live they had a woman who stood at the back of the stage and played it for alot of their songs and on the more upbeat ones without violin she just sung backup vocals ... hope that story helped.

bobogeneration
06-29-2008, 02:38 PM
a perfect circle used a lot of violin on mer de noms and their bassist paz played the violin parts live

best song to demonstrate it is 3 libras

sketchmaster
06-29-2008, 02:47 PM
The band that springs to my mind is Apocolyptica, and since they do covers of rock bands currently out it may help with theory. Their cover of 'Nothing Else Matters' was insane, but I haven't heard their new stuff with a vocalist and guitar..

dabonehead182
06-29-2008, 02:59 PM
i was just about to say apocalyptica. they do really sick covers of metallica.

Alucard II
06-29-2008, 03:17 PM
Apocalyptica use cellos, not violins. tho from the sounds of what sketchmaster said, they may have added one... if thats so, i'm not aware of it

apart from whats been mentioned already, there is UneXpecT, an avant garde Canadian metal band, and you could check out some of the string quartet tribute albums to bands such as Tool, NIN, A Perfect Circle, and Radiohead.

mugen_infinity
06-29-2008, 03:38 PM
thanks for the help so far, i'll give them all a listen in a bit.

Also, i was wondering, do you feel that it is overkill to have a rhythm and lead guitarist and a violinist because i feel that the lead guitar has the melody covered and the rhythm has the backup and a violin (which has a part throughout the song) will just be adding too much

psychodelia
06-29-2008, 04:19 PM
You could look at King Crimson stuff from their period with Wetton on bass, Bruford on drums, and David Cross on violin. Those albums are Lark's Tongues in Aspic (probably the best one to check out), Starless and Bible Black, and Red.

You could also look at Mahavishnu Orchestra, although those guitar and violin lines are tricky!

edit: whoops, Cross was only on one track, "Providence" on the album Red. It's a great track, though.

walkinbazooka
06-29-2008, 04:36 PM
Since you mentioned folk metal and violins...Lumsk!

They're awesome.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lumsk_Troll.jpg/597px-Lumsk_Troll.jpg

Troll FTW.

smb
06-29-2008, 04:41 PM
There's a great local band I've seen a few times called Kumiss who have a violin player - they're very like Pelican or Explosions in the Sky... www.myspace.com/kumiss

Alucard II
06-29-2008, 06:11 PM
thanks for the help so far, i'll give them all a listen in a bit.

Also, i was wondering, do you feel that it is overkill to have a rhythm and lead guitarist and a violinist because i feel that the lead guitar has the melody covered and the rhythm has the backup and a violin (which has a part throughout the song) will just be adding too muchnot if you use it right. the violin could add some really nice harmonies to the lead melody. obviously you'll have to judge yourself when you hear it, but try it out - could work really well

Harmonius
06-29-2008, 07:19 PM
Look for Country bands fronted by a single person usually.

Alucard II
06-30-2008, 05:40 AM
no one mentioned Kansas!

korinaflyingv
06-30-2008, 07:09 AM
Fairport Convention, Seth Lakeman, Yndi Halda, Steeleye Span

eXperiment63
06-30-2008, 09:43 AM
They have already been mentioned, but HURT is friggin awesome. It's their singer who plays the violin.

Danse Russe is the song they do live where he has a violin for most of it(including a violin solo).

IcePh0enix
06-30-2008, 11:06 AM
I think Iwouldsetmyselfonfireforyou has a viola player.

Love_Buzz
06-30-2008, 12:08 PM
Arcade Fire & Broken Social Scene. I've seen the Raconteurs use a violin for at least one song.

Slaytanic1993
06-30-2008, 12:26 PM
Ne Obliviscaris.

I personally don't like them, but a lot of people do.

Cold Flame44
06-30-2008, 06:42 PM
doesn't dave matthews band have a violin player?

Broadsword
06-30-2008, 07:36 PM
hi, im a violinist and a guitarist and my 'band' has requested that i play violin for them. so ive been doing a bit of research to find bands with violinists in them for inspiration.

right now, ive found mainly folk/viking metal bands (such as Elvenking and Korpiklaani ) and Yellowcard.

ive hit a standstill and cant find anymore. can anyone assist by telling me some rock/metal bands with permanent violinists? or some good rock songs with violin parts?
thanks a lot.

You need not look any further than Ne Obliviscaris. Best damn violin usage in metal. Period.

greenday2003
06-30-2008, 08:31 PM
the holloways-there guitarist plays it aswell

Tim Charles
06-30-2008, 10:13 PM
There's a big list of metal bands that feature violinists here:

http://neobliviscaris.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=112&page=1#Item_27

Judgement Day, Sleepytime gorillamuseum, Ne Obliviscaris, Nevetherym, Unexpect etc... Check the link for more bands and details about each. :)

Slaytanic1993
06-30-2008, 10:21 PM
A little bit of self-advertisement never hurt, eh?

:p:

srvflood
06-30-2008, 10:48 PM
Mahavishnu Orchestra used a violin very prominently.

the spiker
06-30-2008, 11:58 PM
Violins as an integral part of a band's music, or anything that has a violin? I'd take a look at Therion and some of the new Kamelot stuff.

BringMeTheCalm
07-01-2008, 12:00 AM
Ne Obliviscaris
Subterranean Masquerade
Unexpect

Tim Charles
07-01-2008, 12:42 AM
A little bit of self-advertisement never hurt, eh?

:p:

Yeah, I actually left NeO out initially, and then thought maybe I should throw it in amongst the mix seeing realistically there aren't many bands with violin as prominent as NeO. (It's not for me to say whether we're any good though, that's for everyone else to argue about..lol) At least I didn't put NeO first, or ONLY put NeO... that would have been a bit tragic...lol

Knowing this forum though, I probably should know by now that no self promotion is ever necessary, as our fans more than have it covered. :p:

Donaldguitar
07-01-2008, 06:27 AM
Arcade Fire
Broken Social Scene
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Ghost Mice

Magero
07-01-2008, 06:54 AM
NEEEEEEEEEE
OBLIIIIIVIIIISCAAAAARIIIIIS!
^_^
-even more promotion-

GEETEEKAY
07-17-2008, 09:10 PM
the adicts have a violin in some of their songs

neidnarb11890
07-17-2008, 09:43 PM
Ghost Mice
Defiance, Ohio

therussian
07-17-2008, 11:12 PM
Mahavishnu Orchestra used a violin very prominently.
Yeah, but they'd have to all be virtuosos to pull it off well.

RedDeath9
07-18-2008, 12:33 AM
Wait for it...

...





NE OBLIVISCARIS!

Uber-rocker
07-18-2008, 12:02 PM
Operator Please?? Not rock or metal, more pop, but I'll mention them because their violin player is dead sexy. Even though I'm fairly certain she's underage.. Bloody young'uns.

Apperitiw
08-07-2008, 11:08 AM
APOCALYPTICA, and all is nown...

CaptnWar
08-08-2008, 04:32 PM
CLANN ZU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOFGQ3xQJ_I
... not for everyone, but the more upbeat groovy stuff is what got me interested.


OH CRAP... you want metal, this is not.

Metorical
08-08-2008, 04:52 PM
i'd say Kamelot. The violin in Solitaire is awesome

Wyatt Bos
08-08-2008, 06:26 PM
Try Apocalyptica. They have some kick ass metallica covers. They play one on the violin and its awsome

uhh_me?
08-08-2008, 06:28 PM
A Silver Mt Zion. try the album 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons.

dbzrkyyh
08-08-2008, 08:00 PM
Zox have violin in a lot of there songs.

psychokoala
08-08-2008, 08:03 PM
check out elvenking - the scythe
the band has a violinist they're pretty sick

Shihonage
08-08-2008, 09:38 PM
Know it's been mentioned twice now - but Hurt. Lead singer/violinist/sometimes guitarist has played violin since he was little. 'Danse Russe' is their one song where the violin is primarily featured (he sings at the same time), and includes a violin solo that's extended on the live version. They usually also have some quieter violin mixed in on other songs in the background.

Left_Hander
08-09-2008, 07:56 PM
An up-and-coming Australian band called Operator Please has a violinist in it but I don't know if that is the sound you are going for.

Slaytanic1993
08-09-2008, 08:21 PM
check out elvenking - the scythe
the band has a violinist they're pretty sick

The Scythe is definitely not the album to talk about with EK. Everything they've done before TS is soooo much better. Wyrd, for example.

led_zepaholic
08-09-2008, 08:41 PM
skyclad...

Uber-rocker
08-10-2008, 06:31 AM
An up-and-coming Australian band called Operator Please has a violinist in it but I don't know if that is the sound you are going for.

She is quite gorgeous as well :) Their music's pretty catchy, too, I've thought about getting their album but couldn't muster up the guts to do so..

slidething31
08-10-2008, 02:20 PM
don't know if its your style, but The Dave Matthews Band has a violinist. His name is Boyd Tinsley.

ZylitoL
08-10-2008, 02:39 PM
Steve Vai's Sound Theories band had 2 violinist, one of which was an epic shredder.

C_Miller
08-10-2008, 06:41 PM
Bruce Springsteen has made use of violin a lot live and in the studio for his past few albums.

FireandFlames
08-10-2008, 08:50 PM
The Cruxshadows have violin in their music.

Although they do darkwave/EBM-ish type stuff

Left_Hander
08-11-2008, 06:25 AM
She is quite gorgeous as well :) Their music's pretty catchy, too, I've thought about getting their album but couldn't muster up the guts to do so..

Their sound is different to some of the rubbish stuff going around these days. They are pretty unique (eg: Two For My Seconds). I've also thought about buying their album.

Dchild042
08-11-2008, 05:06 PM
Mahavishnu Orchestra has a electric violinist and he plays along with John Mclaughlin just as fast, if not faster.

in2thesun88
08-11-2008, 11:38 PM
Ok I have it for you, it is better than all these bands with violinists. Go buy the album The End Begins by Tantric. The just recently added a violinist that they treat as a lead guitar player. The second song is amazing, the violin riff kicks more ass than some guitar riffs.
http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m436/bg1_19ml/music/tantricend.jpg

Shihonage
08-12-2008, 04:37 AM
I've heard some of the new Tantric, and have to say - personal opinion only, mind - that Hurt's violinist is leaps and bounds ahead, if you take a listen to the extended solo in Danse Russe. Tantric's feels a bit more like alt rock with a violin tacked on, in a way? Just my opinion, however - I'll admit to not knowing Tantric too well.

Just an example ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZCFDPVJYIM&feature=related ) violin solo starts at 4:12'ish, ignore the jumpy cam, sound quality is still good.


On another note, Apocalyptica use primarily -cellos-, as someone else commented - though there's probably a violin every now and then.

MaximumOverture
08-12-2008, 10:14 AM
I also play the violin and in fact I started playing it before the guitar.
Most of the posters here already stated the great bands that have a violinists like The Arcade Fire.

CaptnWar
08-17-2008, 12:51 PM
i think i heard a song on darksoul7 metal radio... hollenthon - song was called misterium Babel.

jamesismy
09-07-2008, 03:18 PM
Dave Matthews Band has a great violinist, you should check his solos out, even if you don't like the band.

CLIFF_BURTON
09-07-2008, 03:20 PM
Korpiklaani, Burzum, My Dying Bride.

and I can name 20-30 other metal bands that use a violin effect except its on a keyboard/synth