#1
Y'know, many of the bands have very simple riffs, just a couple power chords in a moderate tempo - so the only difficulty in learning a song is to learn the solo. See much of the power metal.

But try to learn anything by Symphony X. Their riffs are really hard to learn to play precisely. It's a real challenge.

Do you know any others, whose riffs are so complex and difficult? I'm mainly interested in progressive metal.

EDIT: I can't stand the growl used in death/black metal, so bar these from the results.
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#2
Necrophagist has some of the most insane riffing I've ever heard. It's death metal so it's pretty abrasive and not really my cup of tea but the guitar playing is out of control.
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the notes sound like they are running around in circles desperately trying to locate a rope
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#9
This thread turned gay almost immediately. That's more technically impressive than the bands posted so far.
#10
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This thread turned gay almost immediately. That's more technically impressive than the bands posted so far.


I've said it before, and I'll say it again. The fast shifting, palm-muted power chord based rhythm guitar riffs you hear from death metal bands like Suffocation are by far the most technically demanding guitar parts in metal. Many times more difficult and demanding than noodly noodling. In fact I would put them up there with bluegrass rhythm guitar as the most technically difficult demanding flatpicking guitar things.
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This thread turned gay almost immediately.


The difficult part is listening to it enough to play it.
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#12
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This thread turned gay almost immediately. That's more technically impressive than the bands posted so far.

Agreed.

I've always found the 7/8 or whatever it is intro riff to Piece of Time to be a right cvnt to nail.
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#15
Most of what you posted (apart from Animals as Leaders and Sikth) is death metal. And I simply can't stand the growl
Something not-growled?
#17
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Most of what you posted (apart from Animals as Leaders and Sikth) is death metal. And I simply can't stand the growl
Something not-growled?


Hm, well of course I'd say, learn to like them because it could very well benefit your guitar playing too once you get past them...but if you're not ready to enjoy them, then here are some bands that might be up your alley:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl_231xbN9E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da8y2qbDByM

and if you like Watchtower, Ron Jarzombek ha some other work that might be up your alley (that isn't so much based in thrash):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n0L6H8xFaM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNotnzziVmg
#18
Quote by marmistrz
Y'know, many of the bands have very simple riffs, just a couple power chords in a moderate tempo - so the only difficulty in learning a song is to learn the solo. See much of the power metal.

But try to learn anything by Symphony X. Their riffs are really hard to learn to play precisely. It's a real challenge.

Do you know any others, whose riffs are so complex and difficult? I'm mainly interested in progressive metal.

EDIT: I can't stand the growl used in death/black metal, so bar these from the results.


I have to agree with you that Symphony X riffs are hard as hell to nail, and the solos are just something else completely. Michael Romeo is a beast.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da8y2qbDByM

and if you like Watchtower, Ron Jarzombek ha some other work that might be up your alley (that isn't so much based in thrash):


While I agree that things that Ron Jazombek touches tend to be good things, it was definitely Billy White on that album. Actually, while Ron recorded all of the guitar on Control and Resistance, Billy wrote half of the songs on that album as well... and honestly I like those ones better than Ron's songs on that album. Which leads me to wonder. What the hell ever happened to Billy White? He had a brief and completely forgettable stint playing with Don Dokken, but otherwise nobody seems to know.
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#22
Interesting, didn't know that, thanks. It's a semi-Kerry King situation, where King gets a lot of the credit for being the guitarist despite Hanneman being the main songwriter.

Except Jarzombek is far more talented than King.

Anyways, after doing little research, Billy White moved onto The Billy White Trio and hopefully quit music. Gladly he didn't since he plays flamenco now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWYvRcx_TYc
#23
Since you mentioned Ron Jarzombek, Spiral Architect is worth a mention. Very much Watchtower/Spastic Ink worship.

http://youtu.be/oyh9CQTdV_k
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