I can never find tabs for the songs I want... why is it that their is such a lack of bass tabs for metal.
metal the song, as in my tenacious d, or in the style?
Because bass is pretty much not audible in most metal so it simply does not matter anyway.
with all the distortion, double-bass, and down-tuning (sorry for all the d's) it's hard for tabbers to pick out the basslines
Because you're probably looking for some pretty obsure songs... i run into the problem everyday. I usually learn by ear and/or get a general idea from a guitar tab (if there is one)
Work on your ear dawg!