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If you've wanted to know what the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) would sound like when combined with Hardcore Punk? The Big Four of Thrash (Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica & Slayer) & many other groups throughout the '80s & '90s brought speed & power together in a way never seen (or heard) before in music. This guide will show you how to tour with your favorite artists as part of your new career.


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    Listen to the best of the genre. Put the music of Metallica, Slayer, Machine Head, Lamb of God & more on full blast. Great albums to play on repeat include Metallica's "Master of Puppets", Megadeath's "Rust in Peace" & Slayer's "Reign in Blood".
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    Gather a group of like-minded metalheads. To carry off the Thrash sound, you'll need a group of about 4 or 5 musicians.
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    Hire a Lead Singer. You'll want someone who can perform death growls, bellows & screams, but can also sing in tune too. It's quite commonplace for the singer to play rhythm guitar, but it depends on the amount of energy they want to bring to their performance.
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    Hire a Lead Guitarist. Rapid-fire staccato solos are a staple of the genre. Someone who channels inspiration from Kerry King's or Kirk Hammett's meaty riffs would be ideal.
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    Hire a Bassist. The low-end churn of a 4 or 5-string may get lost under the layers of guitars, but Thrash metal needs more people like the late Cliff Burton. Bassists can always compensate for their lack of sound by going on an extended solo or performing some live vocals.
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    Hire a Drummer. The fiery double-bass passages & tom-heavy fills of Lars Ulrich & Dave Lombardo have inspired generations of new rock drummers, so you'll have no problem finding the right sticks-man for the job. They'll need the energy to perform for hours at a time & to be as dexterous with their feet as they are with their hands.
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    Get some endorsements from the top music brands. You'll probably want to play Jackson or ESP Guitars, Fender or Warwick Basses (all with Marshall Amplifiers) & Tama or Pearl Drums. Some artists also get picked up by purveyors of trainers or sports drinks, but they have to take the back seat to the actual music.

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    How do I get an electric guitar?
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    You buy it, either online or at a music store. If you have no experience or knowledge of guitars, it's best to go to the music store and ask an employee to help you pick one out.
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    Is it compulsory to use rhythm guitar in thrash metal or punk rock?
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    It's the usual way to do things. Without guitars, most people would possibly classify your music as another genre, depending on what instruments you use instead - punk without guitars might be called electroclash or dance-punk, for example, while thrash metal without guitars might be called industrial.
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    Can I play thrash metal on an acoustic guitar? I probably can't get an electric one because my parents are heavily anti-Metalhead.
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    Playing thrash metal on a acoustic guitar is possible but it will hurt and ruin your fingertips. Electric guitar is the only way. Play the metal dude when they are not home maybe working hours.
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    Can thrash have hip hop beats or blast beats?
    Rudy Toth
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    Thrash metal can only have blast beats/deathcore. To place hip hop beats into it, you and members can't call yourselves "metal." You be another FNM (Faith No More) band type.
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      • Remember to explore other styles of music. Metallica left their '80s progressive tendencies in favor of Blues Rock because they wanted to try new things. That doesn't mean you should copy them, but you can at least learn from their example.
      • When writing Thrash songs, focus on subjects no other genres dares to tackle. These could include political corruption, claustrophobia, substance abuse, organized religion or legendary beasts.

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      • Playing loud music like Thrash can lead to developing Tinnitus (Lars Ulrich doesn't wear those over sized ear pieces for nothing). Don't make the same mistake he did; always wear auditory protection!

      Things You'll Need

      • Lead Singer
      • Guitarist(s)
      • Bassist
      • Drummer
      • Musical Instruments
      • Amplifiers

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