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  • Billy Seals by Sanctity

    20 mars 2008, 6h23m

    I've lost with all the best intentions
    I've conquered through with lies
    The air is burning cold, so cold

    I've come full circle, I've come full circle
    From pain to pain
    Now one to show me the way

    This time I will not fail
    Won't be left behind again
    My life a dismal tale
    No way to guess what lies at the end

    It's so hard to scream when you can't breathe

    I've come full circle, I've come full circle
    From pain to pain
    Now one to show me the way

    This time I will not fail
    Won't be left behind again
    My life a dismal tale
    No way to guess what lies at the end

    This time I will not fail
    Won't be left behind again
    My life a dismal tale
    No way to guess what lies at the end...


    This is probably one of my favorite songs. I think its pretty much perfect to describe they way I feel sometimes. I might take the meaning a little differently then most people, but I guess we can all get our own meaning from it if we want. To me, its about his life which is full of failure. He tries to change it but it just ends up a failure again. He feels left behind by everything that is progressing while he is continuously failing at every attempt to get his life back. But now, he is going to try to take control and won't accept failure anymore. He doesn't honestly know whether or not he will succeed or fail, but he has to try.


    The intro is really awesome. Violin in the beginning, to a full on thrash riff. Then it dies right back down to the violins, with a hi-hat heavy drum beat and a steady bass line with some of jareds soft vocals, accompanied occasionally by back up vocals. He raises the aggression in his voice from sadness to anger so perfectly right here "the air is burning cold, so cold...". Right into the thrashy pre-chorus, then into a melodic chorus with a great lead melody played behind.

    The next chorus boasts a really cool interlude afterwards that builds straight into the solo. Unlike other bands, instead of looping the original song structure under then solo, they create a whole new rhythm part to it, to accompany the solo perfectly. The only problem with the solo, is the intro to it. I would say that it is often called the most important part to a solo. He stops after each lick, which sometimes is frowned upon. He pulls it off pretty well, but I think he could do something much more interesting. He couldn't have done a better job with closing the it though, going from the scales to a low note to drop it down but he still keeps the energy high.

    With the energy still high, this could be called the climax of the song, including the solo. They go straight to the chorus from the solo, repeating it once more this time. They also change the drum beat the second time. Then, the song just ends after a few descending riffs.

    I'm upset about the ending in a way. It's like watching a movie that ends to quickly, but leave clues for us to speculate on a sequel. I would like to see what happens to him, and if he turns his life around or not.

    SanctityRoad To BloodshedBilly Seals
  • My top 5 Guitarists

    20 mars 2008, 0h36m

    Metal/Hard Rock Guitarists will be rated by several key components I have always used when considering a guitarists skills:

    The most important to me is musicianship(the range of emotions the guitarist can capture with his music). If you can shred with your teeth at 50 nps, but you can't write a song that moves people, you don't count.

    Speed and technique, of course. How fast, accurate, and flawless the guitarists playing is obviously an important part of this list.

    Originality. A truely great guitarist may have taken a few pages out of the books of their favorites as a kid, but they certainly have written their own as well. Adding your own feel, touch, or style to your music is vital.

    Variety is another thing that I always take into consideration. I don't want to pick up an album and here the thing every song.Also, nobody wants to here excessive whammy bar wankage, or wah poured over every lead lick in your songs.

    So, here it is~


    1. Dimebag Darrell. Some would say that he is overrated because of his death, but I don't. His original, crushing metal tone has become one of the most sought-after. What makes him so great to me is his excellant riffage. So heavy and easy to head-bang to. You can tell he really felt the music. He was excellent soloist as well. I've heard him do so many different things with his soloing. Listen to The sleep, it's one of the best solos I've ever heard.

    See: The art of shredding, cowboys from hell, The sleep, and Mouth for War.

    2. James Hetfield. If you say you were expecting that, you would be lying. Not only does he play some semi-complex thrash riffs with his vocals that cannot be confused to anybody else, but he is on of the main songwriters in Metallica. His musicianhip and originality is what put him on my list. Metallica may not have been the first thrash band, but they really developed it. James' riffing has influenced nearly every metal guitarist around today, directly or indirectly. Musically, he has written some of my favorite songs of all time. The old albums still amaze me after thousands of listens/play alongs.

    See: Fade to Black, One, Blackened, Welcome Home(Sanitarium), Master of puppets.

    3. Slash. Another shock? Slash is really a Jack of all trades. Not the third fastest player of all time maybe, but he knows how to write a song. I believe he was single-handedly responsible for Guns n' Roses success. His solos are well built, with each note planned out. You won't hear a single bad note in his solos. He is also responsible for some of the most well-known guitar melodies and riffs.

    See: November Rain, Sweet Child of Mine, Welcome To the Jungle

    4. Zakk Wylde. His resume speaks for itself. He is notably one of the bigger "shredders" in the metal scene today. But this beer drinking, burly bearded man has a softer side to him. He writes a great variety of music pieces, from metal, to acoustic ballads, and even plays the piano on some tracks.

    See: Spoke In the Wheel, In This River, Suicide Messiah, Forever Down

    5. Last but not least...Jesper Stromblad. He writes some really unique, and interesting riffs. His solos are pretty amazing too. The genre melodic death metal really describes him as a player as well.

    See: December Flower, Dawn of A New Day, Ordinary Story, Evil In a Closet, Cloud Connected