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Traab
2012-06-26, 11:49 AM
What im looking for is music where you swear the players are hitting 4 notes or more at a time on their instruments, Through Fire and Flames level complexity and speed, that sort of thing. Preferably rock of any sort, but ill take the others as I can. Basically, the sort of music that would make most experts drop their jaws if they heard it played for the first time. Although, now that I think of it, any incredibly complex chorus harmonies would be interesting to listen to as well.

Fragenstein
2012-06-26, 12:08 PM
Yngwie Malmsteen. He is speed metal.

I've never been a huge fan, though. For just complex harmonies, perhaps give Nightwish a shot? I haven't been able to stop listening to Imaginaerum since I picked it up in January.

Halberd
2012-06-26, 02:04 PM
I would recommend Symphony (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noZiEJgwQrc) X (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3pJa0flBo0) or Spiral (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDQ_WOJRb3c) Architect. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9joQkOB6w_E)

CapnRedBeard
2012-06-26, 04:05 PM
Liquid Tension Experiment. A instrumental supergroup that features John Petrucci of Dream Theater.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pofqHfSvy_8

John 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-w_Vv7M6XA

Children of Bodom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4mvcfBwCNQ

Old Skool shred - Racer X

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0ylmUzNSPA

Also you might want to check out PACO DE LUCIA , John McLaughlin , AL DI MEOLA (Friday Night in San Francisco) if you prefer less metal in your shred...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cadbYIzhqQ

TentacleGirl
2012-06-26, 05:14 PM
There's this one physicky instrument where you like hold your hand above it and it manipulates the pitch and frequency and stuff.
I believe they are called theremins. Pretty complex and fun to watch.

Wavelab
2012-06-26, 07:42 PM
Dream theater has already been suggested, but I'll add my own little bit. They have practically mastered their instruments, their current drummer holds the record for the highest number of double strokes(hitting with both drum sticks) in a minute.

Their piece The Dance of Eternity is considered by many to be the master of all pieces. I mean if you go and look at the time changes, and what the instruments play, especially John Myung's bass solo.

Anyway if you want a general gist of their music, I suggest an Instrumedley (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDRuxYt6Ga0) they did. It doesn't have their singer in it but it shows their music pretty well.

CapnRedBeard
2012-06-26, 08:49 PM
If it's sick guitar that you want...really get everything Racer X possible.

When I was describing Dragonforce to a older shred head I used:

They are pretty much EXACTLY Racer X gen 2.

So as to keep in the 80's shred genre...also check out Cacophony. Another duo-axe shred fest featuring my favorite guitarist of all time Marty Friedman. Also featured Jason Becker who was one of those insanely talented teenage phenoms in the mold of Paul Gilbert.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbOEQJxE6N0

Moff Chumley
2012-06-26, 11:10 PM
Frank Zappa.

Feytalist
2012-06-27, 01:48 AM
Warmen, Janne Wirman's (Children of Bodom's keyboardist) neoclassical metal band. Wirman is a machine on those keyboards.

I'm specifically thinking of Salieri Strikes Back (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XlNbQv_Rg4) and War of Worlds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40fDfiv70VQ) off the Beyond Abilities album. Both instrumental.

Traab
2012-06-27, 09:01 AM
Dream theater has already been suggested, but I'll add my own little bit. They have practically mastered their instruments, their current drummer holds the record for the highest number of double strokes(hitting with both drum sticks) in a minute.

Their piece The Dance of Eternity is considered by many to be the master of all pieces. I mean if you go and look at the time changes, and what the instruments play, especially John Myung's bass solo.

Anyway if you want a general gist of their music, I suggest an Instrumedley (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDRuxYt6Ga0) they did. It doesn't have their singer in it but it shows their music pretty well.

I listened to the dance of eternity, and while ill admit the music was awesomely complex, every time they did a time change, (im assuming thats what it was) its like it was awkwardly switching over to a new set of music and kept jarring me out of my enjoyment. And I WAS enjoying it greatly. But every time that happened all I could think was, "They couldnt come up with a way to make that transition smoother?"

Mr.Silver
2012-06-30, 07:46 PM
Overly complicated instrumentals? Sounds like a job for Animals (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCWKVRI0DOE) As (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtSf3iFH35U) Leaders (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glNpvVO8koQ).

grimbold
2012-07-01, 01:57 AM
Overly complicated instrumentals? Sounds like a job for Animals (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCWKVRI0DOE) As (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtSf3iFH35U) Leaders (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glNpvVO8koQ).

YUS

or better yet Guthrie govan (Would link but post box is being weird)
or scale the summit
or DYSRHYTHMIA
or Behold the Arctopus
or the periphery instrumentals of the first album
or Circus Maximus
or Pagans Mind
or testament


ALL OF THE COMPLICATED MUSIC
I KNOW IT :smalltongue:

Marillion
2012-07-01, 06:59 AM
I listened to the dance of eternity, and while ill admit the music was awesomely complex, every time they did a time change, (im assuming thats what it was) its like it was awkwardly switching over to a new set of music and kept jarring me out of my enjoyment. And I WAS enjoying it greatly. But every time that happened all I could think was, "They couldnt come up with a way to make that transition smoother?"

As drummer Mike Portnoy said, it got absolutely out of hand (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7jikeIyKaE) :smalltongue:

Wavelab
2012-07-02, 10:33 PM
I listened to the dance of eternity, and while ill admit the music was awesomely complex, every time they did a time change, (im assuming thats what it was) its like it was awkwardly switching over to a new set of music and kept jarring me out of my enjoyment. And I WAS enjoying it greatly. But every time that happened all I could think was, "They couldnt come up with a way to make that transition smoother?"

Yeah their music takes a while to get used to. Especially the singer's voice. But once you get used to the quick transitions it's nice to listen to.

Feytalist
2012-07-03, 01:52 AM
As drummer Mike Portnoy said, it got absolutely out of hand (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7jikeIyKaE) :smalltongue:

That clip was pretty cool. I knew Dream Theater has done some crazy things with music theory but I never knew exactly how much.

grimbold
2012-07-06, 03:40 AM
also
Agoraphobic Nosebleed
ALL OF THE AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED

i also recently discovered a cool fusion band called Citriniti