Those metalcore guys you hate ARE industry bands. As someone gave a nice list of examples, those are not the industry bands. Don't worry, it happens to all genres, and you aren't a total jerk for pointing that out. People always get mad too when someone complains about industry bands, it always seems somebody can't calmly explain that there are indeed good bands present.
I think he's probably asking for something along the lines of Music Theory II, stuff. Which is usually associated with things subsequent to the basics. So usually when you finish 4 part writing, 7th chords, etc.
My vote is for the Blackstar. I have one and I can vouch that it's drive is tasty. It sounds kind of thin turned down but once you get it "loud" it has a very full sound. And, it sounds good lightly driven or totally cranked (Gain-wise). However, the tubemeister is great too. So, you can't really go wrong.
That's pretty sad, honestly. But if I were to choose between the two, I'd go with the LTD, because that Schecter is heavy and has a neck like sludge. My best buddy has one and even though its a nice guitar, I just cant stand that.
For writing songs, just try one day when jamming with the band to write a simple riff, be it even 3 chords. Just try and jam off that and let your imagination run wild. One thing I've learned is to not be intimidated or afraid when jamming or writing. That kept me back for soooo long and now that I've let it go riffs and jams just flow out of me some days.
That's a very common misconception. You can adjust the trussrod as much as you want. It won't stay exactly the same as the neck settles, but there is no reason why you should only turn it 1/4 turn or less a day.
TS, you've just got the rod tight, its normal. It might feel like it'll break if you loosen it, but it won't. It's possible you've maxed the rod out too, which is why it won't get much tighter.
Alright thanks. I'll still have someone more experienced take a look just in case.
I wanted to add some relief to my neck (not to adjust action, like the common mistake, lol) so I brought my guitar over to technician at the store near by (so I wouldn't worry about messing up my own guitar) and he didn't have any fitting wrenches. Since he didnt have any short 5/32" wrenches, I went home. (I didn't get a wrench to adjust it with my guitar.) (Neck is dual-action, by the way)
I finally found a fitting wrench, and decided to add a small amount of relief myself. I did a small turn, just a nudge of a turn. Nut was nice and smooth, and I had no problem. So I decided to do a little less than a 1/4th turn and all was good, and the neck was coming out just fine! I put in another small turn, nice and smooth still. Here's where it got weird.
The neck was looking GREAT! I was proud I had succeeded in giving the neck the relief I wanted, while not screwing it up. I go to add just the last amount of relief I want and wham! After a tiny turn it gets really stiff. The truss rod won't loosen any more, and VERY stiffly will tighten. I put the wrench down and stop putting any sort of force on the truss rod.
Any ideas what could have caused this? I mean it is STIFF, like I feel as if I turn it anymore, it'll snap my neck in two. That stiff. I'll be taking it to get checked out ASAP.
Best way to break a plateau, in my experience, is to jam with other people. You'll see and hear things you would never have thought of or come across on your own.
If you've got a set regimen down for practicing, change it up. This might also help freshen things up, because in the end, it's all about perspective.
I second both of the things you're saying. Playing with others, and switching up practicing.
When I plateaued recently, what I did was totally rearranged my practicing, adding more things I needed to work on, but also added more fun things, so overall, I improved a lot more, and I enjoyed playing 100%. I also am starting next week personal jamming sessions with my buddy, a drummer. I also have been playing with my school's jazz band, and that has opened a new world.
So just look around and see what other opportunities lie around, and all of a sudden you'll find yourself improving while having fun.
My favorite melodeath is Insomnium. They remind me of Noumena except more melancholy, less aggressive, and with more classical roots in there. Their music to me feels more relaxed, like, I'm supposed to sit outside when its raining and listen to them. Still love em though.
And MPE are alright, I'd prefer Eternal Tears of Sorrow or Noumena over them easily though.