#1
ok, this is a very hypocritical post of mine due to the fact i don't know much theory, especially chords, but why don't metal/rock guitarists use anything but power chords? guitarists like Hetfield and Alexi Laiho I'm sure know there theory so its not just lack of theory knowledge like punk making them use powerchords.

so why?

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#3
Powerchords sound awesome with distortion and they are easy to play fast.
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#5
complex chords sound shtty with heavy distortion.

and power chords are easy
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#6
Powerchords have balls.

Also, check out Opeth if powerchords in metal bore you. High gain strumming, anyone?
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#7
You can't play most chords at Nile-like speeds, and Gods such as Laiho use more than just power chords. Plus they sound better with distortion, and are easy to move around.
#9
Ever tried playing full chords with distortion up to 10? Muddy, and indistinct. Hence POWERCHORDS!
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#10
The perfect fifth interval, which is what comprises a power chord, is the main interval that stays consonant with high amounts of distortion.
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#11
why d'ya think its even called a POWERchord?
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#12
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The perfect fifth interval, which is what comprises a power chord, is the main interval that stays consonant with high amounts of distortion.


ah, i was looking for a technical reason, thanks.

and i know Alexi Laiho does more than just power chords but when he rights rhythm sections it mainly is power chords, and just look at bodom beach terror. is there any chord other than power chords?

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#13
Distortion creates overtones that causes intervals that are less stable than 5ths and octaves to sound dissonant. Since metal guitarists use lots of distortion, it would sound like crap if they used anything else very often.

Overdrive creates more pleasant overtones, so guitarists who use overdrive instead of distortion have better results when using triads.
#14
i think its mainly because its kind of angry music. minor chords arent angry theyre sad and major chords certainly arent angry. so that driving root and fith sound is used in metal alot because it is the angriest sounding chord, especially with distortion.

just read that back, horrible answer but itl do!
#15
yeah distortion screws up anything than 4ths, 5ths, or octaves.

= powerchord
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i think its mainly because its kind of angry music. minor chords arent angry theyre sad and major chords certainly arent angry. so that driving root and fith sound is used in metal alot because it is the angriest sounding chord, especially with distortion.

just read that back, horrible answer but itl do!


Minor chords can sound pretty dark and creepy if used in the right context.

Play an Em chord followed by a riff in Am and tell me if that sounds sad to you.
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#20
It gives the chord more power.


Hence the term POWERchord.
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#21
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It gives the chord more power.


Hence the term POWERchord.

Actually due to having less notes they're actually less "powerful".

Powerchords are popular because they sound good with distortion and also because they have a neutral tonality that makes them easy to solo over.
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#22
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i think its mainly because its kind of angry music. minor chords arent angry theyre sad and major chords certainly arent angry. so that driving root and fith sound is used in metal alot because it is the angriest sounding chord, especially with distortion.

just read that back, horrible answer but itl do!


Power chords don't have a feel on their own. They only take on a feel in context. Because it's a perfect interval, it has very little to it.
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