What are some albums that feature fast and virtuosic acoustic guitar playing/shredding? For example, I really like a lot of the Candyrat guitarists (Ewan Dobson, Gareth Pearson), and most recently I really enjoyed Paul Gilbert's Acoustic Samurai album. I also know that Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen have done some acoustic shredding. Any really good ones you could recommend?
I'm fascinated by the double guitar solo in DragonForce's "Through the Fire and Flames". (Video, 3:20 mark.) What are some other rock/metal pieces that successfully pull off multiple simultaneous soloists?
The Melvins' discography is vast. Help me navigate it optimally based on some preferences. [more inside]
I'm looking for piano-based rock bands that rock really, really hard. [more inside]
Where can I find intelligent writing about (current) heavy metal, preferably online? [more inside]
I need about 40 musical artists that would please a crowd that likes mainstream rock & metal. The catch: I'm trying to avoid stuff that can easily be heard on the radio. [more inside]
More than a playlist, I'm trying to make an entire sub-set of my music collection: I want the music that a 17-year-old D&D playing geeky almost-metalhead would be listening to...in 1981. [more inside]
Calling all Germanic (and Slavic) rockers, ravers and, uh, *insert classical term that starts with "r"*! Help me expand my music collection with European melodies! [more inside]
I'm looking for metal songs with clear classical influences. [more inside]
I am trying to make the most Epic Rock Mix of all time... [more inside]
I want to learn everything there is to know about the vocal technique found in metal and hard rock wherein the singer makes his/her voice get all 'raspy'. [more inside]
What was the first band to employ dual-guitar harmonized "solos"? What are some good bands who have employed it?
Elephant Riders, by Clutch. I've been trying to figure out the meaning of the lyrics. I think it has to do with the King of Siam donating elephants to Abe Lincoln (a la The King and I), but I could be mistaken on that, and I have no idea where the trains come in.