Prior Art 4: Just the Tip

This post is part of my 3 week series that explores previous examples of blending of bluegrass and metal music.
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Some bands are aware that bluegrass is awesome, but they’re not entirely comfortable with it.  So maybe they decide to try it out, just for a second, just to see how it feels.

The result can be seen in the next couple examples, where bands have a bluegrass inspired intro but then pull out before it gets weird.

Every Time I Die may be one of my favorite bands ever. In this track, they open with a metal riff played on the banjo.  It’s fantastic, as well as the rest of the song. We don’t hear the banjo after the intro though, oh well.

The next song has a full blown bluegrass intro, but then they completely discard it at 0:40.  Nothing against the rest of the song, but another taste wouldn’t have hurt!  Still pretty awesome though.

Any other examples out there that I might have missed?

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2 thoughts on “Prior Art 4: Just the Tip

  1. While not quiet metal in the strictest sense, KMFDM’s WWIII has a bluegrass intro that translates into the main riff of the song. Al Jourgensen of Ministry did a band, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, more old style country, but some bluegrass influence and all the instruments are there.

  2. Rosie says:

    Interesting post, thanks…

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