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#1
I'm looking for evil, sinister sounding riffs. It doesn't have to be long or complicated, just something that creates tension in the air. Can you recommend anything? Or is there perhaps any scale/mode that could do the job?
#3
anything by slayer....


seriously tho,

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Is there some reason you can't make your own?
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#6
Might I suggest something along the lines of the following:
|-0-----1------3--0-|
|-1-----1------0--1-|
|-0-----2------0--0-|
|-2-----3------0--2-|
|-3-----3------2--3-|
|-------1------3-----|

p.s. To make it sound S00per Br00tal, play it on an accoustic
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Might I suggest something along the lines of the following:
|-0-----1------3--0-|
|-1-----1------0--1-|
|-0-----2------0--0-|
|-2-----3------0--2-|
|-3-----3------2--3-|
|-------1------3-----|

p.s. To make it sound S00per Br00tal, play it on an accoustic



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#12
The very beginning of The Ripper by Judas Priest.

Check out In the Presence of Enemies Part 1 and 2 by Dream Theater. I don't know for sure, but it's some kind of weird phrasing on a normal scale, but it has loads of tension. The whole music has.
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#13
Just use lots of Dimished Fifth intervals - That's and Natural Minor is basically the whole 'Evil Sound'. Oh, and chromatics
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Just use lots of Dimished Fifth intervals - That's and Natural Minor is basically the whole 'Evil Sound'. Oh, and chromatics


i suppose you meant harmonic minor?

natural minor doesnt sound evil at all, at least to my ears
#15
half-whole Diminished scale

For good examples of it listen to

Quo Vadis - As i feed the flames of hate (after acoustic iintro)

Nevermore - Next in line


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Come up with some chord progressions using Em and Dm shaped barre chords and tremelo pick them at 220bpm, using heavy distortion. That's what I do.
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#18
If you're not really into figuring out theory just listen to and learn metal songs that sound exceptionally evil and tense to you. You'll start to build a good idea of what notes sound evil together.

Guess like the other dude mentioned, start with Black Sabbaths title song. It uses the tritone and is pretty damn easy. Loads of other metal uses it as well.

Now for riffs, that's up to your creativity. But if you already know loads of other evil sounding songs you'll have a good idea of how to jam out a riff and make it sound evil.
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nin's pilgrimage and metallica's for whom the bells toll IMO
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#22
Really anything by Cradle of Filth. Or if you leave a CD next to a Cradle of Filth CD too long, then listen to it, it will be decidedly more evil sounding. I admit this will not work on Justin Beiber music but rather his overwhelming lameness will actually make the CoF music light and fluffy as a kitten over time.
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#24
forgot the mention, anything korn
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I all honesty TS, I would say that the skill of the player contributes just as much if not more to the ability for music to sound "evil"...A skilled player could make C major sound more evil that a crappy player using a Phyrg/dom or Locrian scale
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I all honesty TS, I would say that the skill of the player contributes just as much if not more to the ability for music to sound "evil"...A skilled player could make C major sound more evil that a crappy player using a Phyrg/dom or Locrian scale


yeah, no...

major scale will NEVER sound as dark and moody as diminished, even if youre world class virtuoso. It would be same thing as saying that Skilled player can make major chords sound sadder than not so skilled minor.
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phrygian dominant nat7 is the darkest scale ive ever played

That would be the 5th mode of Hungarian Minor. Definitely a scale I enjoy.


But really a lot of evil riffs are based around the b5 and the b2, maybe the natural 7 with a minor 6.
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phrygian dominant #7 is the darkest scale ive ever played


If it has a #7, it wouldn't be dominant, would it?

No scales or licks are inherently 'evil.' It's not that easy, TS, you actually have to put work into creating emotion through art.
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yeah, no...

major scale will NEVER sound as dark and moody as diminished, even if youre world class virtuoso. It would be same thing as saying that Skilled player can make major chords sound sadder than not so skilled minor.



Excuse me but.... No. To pretty much this entire post.
#34
I'd have to go with harmonic minor for sure(I like Ab harmonic minor a lot), and the diminished scales. I'm quite surprised nobody's mentioned Candlemass, they've got some great evil-sounding stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLAnA47tGcw

And the guy who said De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas might have something going too, Freezing Moon's pretty ominous(I'm not too familiar with Mayhem, I can't stand that Maniac guy on vocals and as such only listened to the 4 or 5 tracks they did with Dead). Oh, and tremolo picking and tapping all work nicely for evil, and turn your treble up. Regardless, best of luck to you!
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Excuse me but.... No. To pretty much this entire post.



So let me guess, you make major scale sound evil on a daily basis?
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phrygian dominant #7 is the darkest scale ive ever played

Does not compute.
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Can someone explain 'tritones'? I have an idea what they are, and probably play them all the time, but I was just needing some clarification.
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Can someone explain 'tritones'? I have an idea what they are, and probably play them all the time, but I was just needing some clarification.



Tritone is note 6 semitones away from the root

E.g. A - D#

or 0 - 6/5-11 etc. in tabs
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So let me guess, you make major scale sound evil on a daily basis?


Yes. Any any connotations of a certain 'feel' are created through phrasing and note choice.
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Yes. Any any connotations of a certain 'feel' are created through phrasing and note choice.


And you choose major scale (not relative minor or shifting into locrian) to expres said emotions?

Do show, since it sounds quite bizarre, impossible actually, because major scale in its nature is light and upbeat
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