#1
So I've had my 7 string for a little under 2 years, all Ive realized all the bands I'm into, play 6 strings. So whenever I write, I try to "emulate" their sound onto the 7 string, but it's nowhere are easy as it sounds. I can never find the right tuning to play in. If I choose standard tuning, the riffs sound alright, but pretty cliche, and overall generic sounding. I tried tuning down half a step, but my riffs sound wayy to melodic, and aren't heavy sounding. I tune down another half step, so I'm in A standard(1 step down), and now everything is too muddy and sounds like crap because I'm tuned too low.

I play mainly thrash(Exodus, Testament, Kreator) with some death metal(Death, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse) so when I usually write songs, I'm using the lowest string to pedal off of. This is typically the formula I follow for writing songs when I'm on a 6 string.

I tried getting into 7 string bands like Meshuggah, but I'm not really into the odd rhythms, as they don't really seem to grab my attention. I tried getting into stuff like Fear Factory/Divine Heresy, but the constant tremolo picking really bores me. I want to write some heavy stuff, but I'm just trouble coming up with riffs that are hard and heavy. Anyone have any suggestions? I would GREATLY appreciate any help I could get.
#2
Try stuff that sounds heavy and plodding. Really let the sustain do its work. Kind of like For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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If I choose standard tuning, the riffs sound [...] generic [...]


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[...] so when I usually write songs, I'm using the lowest string to pedal off of.


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#5
Carcass. Or really, any band that plays in B Standard on a 6 string. Take the sort of style and structure they have and transfer it down a string. I think the key for you would be to use the low notes sparingly. As in, don't write every song in B Minor :p
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#7
Thanks for the suggestions.

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Guess I should have been more clear. When I write in B standard, alot of my riffs sound like Slipknot, and I am really really really not fond of that band. Sorry about not being clear.
#8
Any tuning can sound heavy. Why don't you grab some ideas from bands you like and use that to help make your own riffs/style?

btw check out In Flames (C Standard/Drop Bb), Amon Amarth (B Standard, can easily replicate that on a 7 even though they use a dropped 6), or Pitch Black Forecast (7 string standard). You might like them idk.
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Pitch Black Forecast (7 string standard)



Just checked them out.



Oh man, they fit my style PERFECTLY. With the thrashy speed, and overall groove. I am buying their first album this instant.