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SERGEANT D., PhD: THE WORLD’S FOREMOST EXPERT IN WIGGER SLAM, AND NOW BASS DROPS

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Over at his other blog, Stuff You Will Hate, Sergeant D. has started to really break his primary area of expertise – namely slam metal, which I only just recently feel like I’ve started to understand* – down to its core elements (no pun intended), I’m assuming so as to better explicate why we should all care. First up is the “bass drop,” which the Sarge describes thusly:

Most commonly associated with slam metal and deathcore, bass drops are a giant explosion of bass inserted into a song at key moments. For example, check out the sick fucking drop in this Vomit The Soul song [Bass drops starts around the 1:00 mark. – Ed.]:

I agree that bass drops are pretty awesome, although I wish they were discussed in conjunction with a style of metal for which I had a greater appreciation. For example, the bass drop around the 3:05 mark (and then repeated several times thereafter) in Pantera’s “Revolution is My Name” is less exaggerated than the in the above track, but I still think it’s pretty kick-ass:




Here’s your turn, boys and ghouls… what are you favorite bass drops in metal?

-AR

*And by “understand,” I mean I think I get the difference now between slam metal and deathcore. I don’t mean “understand” to be synonymous with “like.” For every ten slam songs I’ve heard, I’ve really only dug about 1/2 of one of them.

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