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    Hey, just thought it would be interesting to see what people come up with.

    To give a bit of background I'm currently on a year abroad in China as part of my university degree. I've managed to get a Squier Tele but I can't find strings heavier than 10-46, so I can't really tune lower than Drop D. Unfortunately I usually play (slightly progressive) Melodic Death Metal and Metalcore and hang around Drop C/Baritone territory. As a result I can't play a lot of songs I usually do/was trying to learn. So, the question is, other than classics like Metallica/Megadeth/Slayer, what in your opinion are the best (and 'heaviest', although I always thought that was rather abstract) metal songs in standard tuning or drop D?

    Early Trivium, Lamb of God perhaps?
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    I love heavy songs in standard tuning. My band stuck to standard tuning for our first album and use heavy chord voicings. People often ask us "wow what tuning is that" not realizing.

    Pantera's Domination is a good example.

    Sabbath's Paranoid.

    Morbid Tales by Celtic Frost.

    Malleus Maleficarum by Pestilence is a death metal record in standard if you want more.

    Sepultura's Beneath The Remains and Arise are some heavy death/thrash also in standard.

    Slowly We Rot by Obituary is another death metal album in standard. In fact the heaviest riff is on the A string.
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    Can't believe Slowly We Rot doesn't go below A, guess I never really paid that much attention to it though.

    All good suggestions so far
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamBrad View Post
    Can't believe Slowly We Rot doesn't go below A, guess I never really paid that much attention to it though.

    All good suggestions so far
    I know right?

    A lot of riffs in the low tunings in mainstream modern metal pulled back up to standard would sound like they more in common with country than metal. When you try it out, it's pretty funny. It'd be like, if you turned the distortion off they'd just be a pop band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beer$ View Post
    I love heavy songs in standard tuning. My band stuck to standard tuning for our first album and use heavy chord voicings. People often ask us "wow what tuning is that" not realizing.

    Pantera's Domination is a good example.

    Sabbath's Paranoid.

    Morbid Tales by Celtic Frost.

    Malleus Maleficarum by Pestilence is a death metal record in standard if you want more.

    Sepultura's Beneath The Remains and Arise are some heavy death/thrash also in standard.

    Slowly We Rot by Obituary is another death metal album in standard. In fact the heaviest riff is on the A string.
    E flat was pretty popular before the mega downtuning - you sure all those are truly standard?
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    Many early Sabbath songs get some heavy sounds from rather standard tunings.
    Chord voicings, positions do help a great deal though.

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    Most Iced Earth is in E flat.
    Most Opeth stuff is in standard.

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    Down tuning more than about a half step, 1 step at the most, makes guitars sound like carefully executed farts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DankStar View Post
    E flat was pretty popular before the mega downtuning - you sure all those are truly standard?
    I have perfect pitch, of course I'm sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DankStar View Post
    E flat was pretty popular before the mega downtuning - you sure all those are truly standard?
    Well, for the purposes of my situation E flat is probably fine...
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    Type O Negative did a lot in E, surprisingly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNewcenstein View Post
    Type O Negative did a lot in E, surprisingly.
    Played in E maybe, tuned to B mostly though (tuned as the lowest 6 strings on a 7-string)

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    A few nominations:



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    Quote Originally Posted by guitarrob View Post
    Many early Sabbath songs get some heavy sounds from rather standard tunings.
    Chord voicings, positions do help a great deal though.
    +1 on the Sabbath, but check out this live recording of War Pigs, tuned to C#


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    Quote Originally Posted by dd12939 View Post
    +1 on the Sabbath, but check out this live recording of War Pigs, tuned to C#


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    "I Want You (She's So Heavy) by The Beatles.

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    This is about as heavy as you can get...downtuned or not


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    Quote Originally Posted by Funkfingers View Post
    "I Want You (She's So Heavy) by The Beatles.
    i agree that its one of the Darkest/heaviest Beatle Riffs ever. Love that song.

    My pick however is this (skip to the 4:30 mark)....

    I don't care what anyone says. To me that is the Heaviest E Power Chord in the History of Music. Still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.


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