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mugen_infinity
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hi, im a violinist and a guitarist and my 'band' has requested that i play violin for them. so ive been doing a bit of research to find bands with violinists in them for inspiration.

right now, ive found mainly folk/viking metal bands (such as Elvenking and Korpiklaani ) and Yellowcard.

ive hit a standstill and cant find anymore. can anyone assist by telling me some rock/metal bands with permanent violinists? or some good rock songs with violin parts?
thanks a lot.
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#3
Hurt, pretty awesome band.
Flobots, not metal or anything, they're rap, but their badass and they use a violin.
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I AM Ghost used to have a phenomenal violinist, but I do believe she left the band
Emilie Autmn plays violin too, she's a good artist.
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I hope this isn't useless as it's not just strictly violin, but there's always Nightwish. Of course, there's much more than just violin, but the violins play a strong part in their music and it could at least lend to some ideas.

Also, check out some country rock. Some of those bands aren't too twangy or stereotypical country, but use some great violin/guitar work.
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Bon Jovi used alot of violins on their latest record Lost Highway and when they played it live they had a woman who stood at the back of the stage and played it for alot of their songs and on the more upbeat ones without violin she just sung backup vocals ... hope that story helped.
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#9
a perfect circle used a lot of violin on mer de noms and their bassist paz played the violin parts live

best song to demonstrate it is 3 libras
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#10
The band that springs to my mind is Apocolyptica, and since they do covers of rock bands currently out it may help with theory. Their cover of 'Nothing Else Matters' was insane, but I haven't heard their new stuff with a vocalist and guitar..
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#11
i was just about to say apocalyptica. they do really sick covers of metallica.
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Apocalyptica use cellos, not violins. tho from the sounds of what sketchmaster said, they may have added one... if thats so, i'm not aware of it

apart from whats been mentioned already, there is UneXpecT, an avant garde Canadian metal band, and you could check out some of the string quartet tribute albums to bands such as Tool, NIN, A Perfect Circle, and Radiohead.
mugen_infinity
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#13
thanks for the help so far, i'll give them all a listen in a bit.

Also, i was wondering, do you feel that it is overkill to have a rhythm and lead guitarist and a violinist because i feel that the lead guitar has the melody covered and the rhythm has the backup and a violin (which has a part throughout the song) will just be adding too much
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#14
You could look at King Crimson stuff from their period with Wetton on bass, Bruford on drums, and David Cross on violin. Those albums are Lark's Tongues in Aspic (probably the best one to check out), Starless and Bible Black, and Red.

You could also look at Mahavishnu Orchestra, although those guitar and violin lines are tricky!

edit: whoops, Cross was only on one track, "Providence" on the album Red. It's a great track, though.
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#15
Since you mentioned folk metal and violins...Lumsk!

They're awesome.


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There's a great local band I've seen a few times called Kumiss who have a violin player - they're very like Pelican or Explosions in the Sky... www.myspace.com/kumiss
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Quote by mugen_infinity
thanks for the help so far, i'll give them all a listen in a bit.

Also, i was wondering, do you feel that it is overkill to have a rhythm and lead guitarist and a violinist because i feel that the lead guitar has the melody covered and the rhythm has the backup and a violin (which has a part throughout the song) will just be adding too much
not if you use it right. the violin could add some really nice harmonies to the lead melody. obviously you'll have to judge yourself when you hear it, but try it out - could work really well
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Look for Country bands fronted by a single person usually.
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They have already been mentioned, but HURT is friggin awesome. It's their singer who plays the violin.

Danse Russe is the song they do live where he has a violin for most of it(including a violin solo).
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Quote by mugen_infinity
hi, im a violinist and a guitarist and my 'band' has requested that i play violin for them. so ive been doing a bit of research to find bands with violinists in them for inspiration.

right now, ive found mainly folk/viking metal bands (such as Elvenking and Korpiklaani ) and Yellowcard.

ive hit a standstill and cant find anymore. can anyone assist by telling me some rock/metal bands with permanent violinists? or some good rock songs with violin parts?
thanks a lot.


You need not look any further than Ne Obliviscaris. Best damn violin usage in metal. Period.
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the holloways-there guitarist plays it aswell
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Mahavishnu Orchestra used a violin very prominently.
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#31
Violins as an integral part of a band's music, or anything that has a violin? I'd take a look at Therion and some of the new Kamelot stuff.
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Yeah, I actually left NeO out initially, and then thought maybe I should throw it in amongst the mix seeing realistically there aren't many bands with violin as prominent as NeO. (It's not for me to say whether we're any good though, that's for everyone else to argue about..lol) At least I didn't put NeO first, or ONLY put NeO... that would have been a bit tragic...lol

Knowing this forum though, I probably should know by now that no self promotion is ever necessary, as our fans more than have it covered.
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Mahavishnu Orchestra used a violin very prominently.

Yeah, but they'd have to all be virtuosos to pull it off well.
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