#1
In technical death metal, where the music is rather complex.
I was wondering what was the most common types of time signatures?
What other attributes should I know about this genre?
It's more of a research kind of thing for me, thanks UG
Yes I studied "Death and Cannibal corpse.
I've also noticed that, a lot of harmonizing is usually up 3 half steps regardless of key.
It really gives off that evil vibe.
#2
Honestly, you'll see more polyrhythms in death metal than you will see wacky time sigs.
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#3
i just think about it in riff patterns. like one section of twiddle-twiddle-twiddle plus two repetitions of bum-ba-bum-ba again and again, or something.
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#4
Not so much wacky time sigs, although you can have riffs that might do a few measures of say 3/4 then a measure of 5/4 or whatever, This Mortal Coil by Carcass for example.
Its mostly 4/4, 3/4, 5/4, 9/8, 12/8 kinda stuff
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#5
4/4 and 6/8 are still the most common, just like in other styles of metal. Sometimes there'll be odd grouping off measure, like, a riff being 7 measure of 6/8 or something. Often the riffs will be in 4/4, and the second time through there'll be an extra 5/4 measure on the end doing some fiddly-diddly shit, or something like that.
#6
Necrophagist do a lot of wacky stuff. Stabwound alternates between 4/4, 3/4, 5/8, 2/4 with a bit of 7/8, but it's mostly the phrasing and speed that makes it sound complex.
Also Gorguts are ridiculous in every way. Listen to the title track of Obscura and get a good tab.
#7
Unless you're listening to a genre that is specifically meant to be experimental with rhythms (djent, or anything with 'prog' or 'technical' in front of it) the answer to this will always be 4/4, and 3/4 (or 6/8).
#8
^ prog and technical have nothing to do with each other. and djent is almost always in 4/4

gorguts and necrophagist are the place you want to look
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^ prog and technical have nothing to do with each other. and djent is almost always in 4/4

gorguts and necrophagist are the place you want to look


You misunderstand me. I'm not implying that prog and technical (or djent) are related. I am only stating that they all often more adventurous with their time signatures than most other genres.

And djent is indeed usually in 4/4, but it is still more adventurous with it's meters than most genres. Not to mention a lot of polymeter. It's like when people on here ask about Meshuggah's time signatures, and somebody replies and points out that they are usually in 4/4, but they're only half right because they use polymeters.
#10
Quote by Hail
^ prog and technical have nothing to do with each other. and djent is almost always in 4/4

gorguts and necrophagist are the place you want to look


I'm not great with figuring out time signatures, but isn't Unholy Cult by Immolation filled with time sig changes?
#11
necrophagist

go listen to some of their stuff and figure out the time signatures, since the best way to do a "research thing" generally isn't to ask everyone else to simply give you the answer
#13
I've played in a few bands in this style in the past, and yes the most common time signature is still 4/4, like most other genres. The difference here being that syncopation and polyrhythms are very common, which throws off the 4/4 timefeel quite a bit.

You're quite right about the minor thirds harmony thing, happens a lot. Try experimenting with the diminished scale too for some pretty genre safe sounds.

Good luck!

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In technical death metal, where the music is rather complex.
I was wondering what was the most common types of time signatures?
What other attributes should I know about this genre?
It's more of a research kind of thing for me, thanks UG
Yes I studied "Death and Cannibal corpse.
I've also noticed that, a lot of harmonizing is usually up 3 half steps regardless of key.
It really gives off that evil vibe.