Category Heavy Metal Bass

Heavy Metal Bass


Heavy Metal Bass is the use of the bass guitar (also called “electric bass”) in the Rock music genres of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock. The bassist is part of the rhythm section in a Heavy Metal band, along with the drummer, rhythm guitarist and, in some bands, a keyboard player. The prominent role of the bass is key to the metal sound and the interplay of bass and distorted electric guitar is a central element of Metal. The bass guitar provides the low-end sound crucial to making the music “heavy”. The bass plays a “…more important role in Heavy Metal than in any other genre of Rock.”

Heavy Metal Bass

Lemmy Kilmister, the lead singer and bassist of Motörhead performs at Vodafone Arena in Melbourne on 5 December 2006

Metal bassists play many different types of basslines, depending on the sub-...

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