classical

Nick Vasallo – The Burning
How about a composer who's actually alive? And one who plays metal? In a band that's good, to boot? Nick Vasallo is a guitarist for Bay Area death metallers Antagony. He's also a doctoral student at UC Santa Cruz in music composition. The Burning (Ars Nova Classics, 2007) is an e…
Dave Lombardo plays Vivaldi
Here's a weird one: Dave Lombardo playing Vivaldi. In 1999, the not-in-Slayer-at-the-time drummer collaborated with Italian music critic Lorenzo Arruga and some classical musicians on Vivaldi: The Meeting, a set of improvisations on Vivaldi pieces
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“Dechristianize” on piano
This has made the rounds, but it never fails to warm my heart: a video of two guys playing Vital Remains' "Dechristianize" on piano. Their performance is a little sloppy. But it's charming that they put the time into this endeavor. Minus distortion, drums, and vocals,…
Mono @ NY Society for Ethical Culture
Photo by iamdonte
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Japan's Mono played a one-off show last Friday at New York's Society for Ethical Culture. Originally, it was to be their only North American date to support their new album, Hymn to the Immortal Wind
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Fleshgod Apocalypse – Oracles
Fleshgod Apocalypse's shtick is combining death metal and classical music. Classical music in metal goes all the way back to Richie Blackmore. However, metal bands usually lack formal training. They often merely tread harmonic minor water, while throwing in some diminished arpeggios
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