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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

There might be many different reasons for different bands. So I will be able to point just some possibilities. Studio recording and live performance are different ways to present the songs. Recordings ...
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What makes this song sound so medieval?

I have to say that I don't know much about heavy metal, but this sounds like what I imagine to be death metal. I did a bit of searching on that premise, and I found one site that classifies (I think) ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

There are two different ways this can be done: a) The band plays at a quieter and quieter dynamic level, until none of the players can be heard anymore (over the crowd etc. noise). There are a couple ...
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What does it take to make metal music?

Hi and welcome to the music stack exchange. I want to preface this answer by saying that metal is not an 'easy' genre to play well. As danmcb mentions, many many metal musicians are highly competent......
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What makes this song sound so medieval?

I agree with the comments that this sounds vanishingly little like actual medieval music. However, it does have some elements that can be loosely associated with medieval music -- church music in ...
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What to expect in a jazz audition

In my experience, here's what jazz performance auditions usually consist of: play a standard 12 bar blues (usually in F, and it would help if you know this form--shown here in the key of C) play ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

I have seen bands do fade-outs live, and I have played in bands that did fade-outs live. So it does happen. Exhibit A: Why does it not happen more often? It's hard ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

They don't fade out in the studio. They keep playing in the studio. The engineer just slides the fader. Thus "fade out". A sound man can do that to a band, if the band has no acoustic drums ...
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Why do metal guitarists boost crunch channels on high gain amps?

Overdrive pedals like the tube screamer have a boost to the mid frequencies. When you turn up the output of the O/D pedal in the amp, the middle frequencies get more distorted, while the bass and ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

It's trivially easy to play a fade-out 'live', particularly if everything is going through a mixing desk. We don't do it, because the audience need an ending so they know when to applaud. Audiences ...
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Why do metal guitarists boost crunch channels on high gain amps?

There are actually as many "metal" tones as there are metal guitarists. Some of the best metal guitarists in the world use no effects, but simply crank up their Marshall. Others will run a fuzz into ...
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What does it take to make metal music?

I'm glad you asked this question. There's definitely a lot to know about the world of guitars, and just by immersing yourself and asking questions just like this one, you will learn it over time. ...
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Types of synths used in modern guitar-based music

Back in the days of yore, you'd hear about a new synth because you read the music mags, or you heard an artist who explained in some NME article what gear they had. Armed with this limited information,...
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How to know if you are tremolo picking in time?

That tempo is, arguably, too fast to count (is a bit above 10 notes per second). But you don't need to literally count (out loud or otherwise) to hear whether you played 2, 3, 4, or more notes... you ...
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What's the correct way to practice complex/syncopated rhythms?

Break up the rhythm into simple parts, and practice them individually. Ramp up the tempo so you can eventually play each independent part at a high speed (faster than what you will eventually play ...
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Beginner Metal gear

Ever heard the old joke about the farmer being asked how to get to a nearby famous landmark? There are a hundred versions of it, but there's one commonality... His reply is always, "Well, you don't ...
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What makes this song sound so medieval?

Metal draws very heavily from modes, especially those with ♭II like the Phrygian. Because distorted guitar sounds make multi-voice leading impossible (the sound is too muddy), things like traditional ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

I don't think I have heard/read from musicians explaining why live fade outs aren't common, but I think you can come to a sensible answer by first asking why bands often play so loud? Of course they ...
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WHy can you not play metal in Major keys?

Simple answer? Because humans make symbols. Because we associate the minor mode with all the things metal wants to stand for. Long answer? (Ok, you asked for it—) We’ve been conditioned by several ...
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From what guitar tuning downwards do you stop needing a bass player in a metal context?

Normal bass is a full octave below a guitar. So if you're playing drop G on a 7 or 8 string, you're pretty close to the bottom of a standard 4 string bass. A 5 string bass will have a low B. So the ...
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How does a tritone sound consonant in Like light to the Flies

The tritone steps from the major scale's 7th degree up to the 4th degree note in the next octave, a common interval. If there was a dominant seventh chord i.e. V7 backing that melody interval, the ...
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What does it take to make metal music?

Lots of metal musicians are highly competent musicians, some are quite virtuosic. Basically, find a decent teacher, and start practicing. You will need to learn guitar and some music fundamentals ...
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Is Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" bassline hard to learn, or is it very hard to learn?

You're asking the wrong question. You'd like to be able to play The Trooper? You are able to play at least parts of it? Ok great! So keep practicing. You'll be able to do it better and better. ...
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What are Extra Jumbo Frets?

Something like medium / jumbo / extra jumbo / whatever is not really standardized, so each guitar maker more or less does its own thing. 6100’s are for example really large, so although Dunlop calls ...
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Tremolo picking, anchor palm or not?

There is no single correct way to do tremolo-picking. If you analyze how the greats do it you'll realize that everybody has their own technique. I'd suggest to watch videos of relevant players, and ...
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From what guitar tuning downwards do you stop needing a bass player in a metal context?

yossarian has mentioned why a bass might be tonally more appropriate than a guitar; I'll add that the string spacing (as well as the thicker, tauter strings) make certain percussive techniques easier ...
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How to know if you are tremolo picking in time?

Four subdivisions of 160 is definitely possible to keep track of with the ear and with the body. It's certainly not impossible even to count out loud, though it becomes a bit silly and slurred into &...
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How can I keep double bass drum (kick) from getting lost in the mix?

AI to the rescue… sorry, but it's great for this. Throw a reference track at one of the myriad 'splitters' available online these days & play with the mix to see how it was done. I threw System of ...
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How to do a Growl or Gargle-like sound

From the examples you've given, it sounds like you're not necessarily looking to scream, just add a raspy tone, correct? Starting out with soft, but persistent, ...
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History of screaming in music throughout the world

This is a very late answer, but only because I'm not convinced by some of the other answers. (And I admit I'm actually a little bothered by one answer apparently equating a scream with standard ...
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