Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe, and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation, when beholding the white depths of the milky way?
If you come in here to tell me what is and what is "good" I want a...
p.s. No pun, but sarcasm intended. I wholeheartedly don't like slipknot or Malmsteen, but as far as solos go, they're both pretty sick. Personal preference is not a replacement for objectivity.
Funny, just like how "Check out how many notes I crammed into this solo" is not a replacement for artistic ability.
Who needs George Harrison or anyone who actually has a unique style when you can watch Yngwie beat off to his own guitar playing for hours on end?
The problem with so-called "artists" whose only real redeeming quality is their blistering technique is that there are always 20,000 other session players who can do exactly the same thing.
When I was younger and in my Wooten-oriented bass wankery phase, a sax player once told me this:
"Every instrument has its technical virtuosos. The good musicians are the ones whose improvised melodies sound better than the originals."
If you think Jordison comes anywhere near the "sick" range when it comes to drum solos, you don't listen to jazz, and you probably don't really know any particularly good drummers. Nobody outside a core following of metalheads actually gives a shit how many 128th notes per second you can get out of your bass drum--they care if you can write a SONG that sounds MUSICAL. End of story.
I don't intend to prove objectively that Malmsteen isn't a particularly relevant or worthwhile songwriter, but I do believe inductive arguments here can show a high probability of that. It's not that what he's doing isn't difficult, just that it's not really unique. He gets the fame because he's better at marketing himself to the masses.
If you could be anything you want, I bet you'd be disappointed--am I right?
I took the liberty of leaving out the parts I agree with.
Originally Posted by simulatedworld
you don't listen to jazz, and you probably don't really know any particularly good drummers.
He gets the fame because he's better at marketing himself to the masses.
See we got more in common then you give me credit for. This is just an outright assumption of you, furthermore it's plain wrong. Admittedly I don't listen to jazz that often, but there are times when I enjoy my (amongst others) Deodato and Galliano records. As for some particularly good drummers: Neil Peart, Thomas Haake (yes, another billion-notes-a-second bass drum player), Terry Bozzio, Danny Carey and Joe Morello are some of my favorites.
See what I just did. I posted some semi-obscure but highly credited drummers there to proof that I have at least some justification in calling people a good drummer.
As for Malmsteen, I don't really like his style that much personally, but here's what I have to give him credit for.
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
Years active 1978 - present
He's been rocking balls for thirty years in the style he basically created (neo-classical guitar shredding). Sure he's might be a relic of the past, But he's the godfather to all those 20,000 session musicians who can after all do nothing but emulate him.
Originally Posted by Shimmy
Drums would've easily gone to Zepp's great Moby Dick, if this guy didn't get a billion extra credits for showmanship.
See. In my original post I already said that Jordison needs at least a billion extra credits to get posted in this thread, he got them with the originality of his show. Setting up a performance takes skill AND originality as well. Something severely lacking in any Dire Straits show for instance.