Dream Teams

I recently stumbled across a self-post on the /r/progmetal subreddit (an excellent way to find new music!) asking for progressive metal “dream teams,” and I jumped right into making picks. Several guitarists immediately came to mind as obvious choices, along with the handful of recognizable metal bassists, and I chose the drummer/vocalist last to best suit the style. Here’s what I came up with:

  • 6 String Lead Guitar and Keys – AJ Minnette of The Human Abstract playing primary melodies on both guitar and piano (The violin)
  • 8 String Rhythm Guitar – Misha Mansoor of Periphery handling low end riffs (The cello)
  • 7 String Guitar – Justin Lowe of After the Burial harmonizing with leads and riffs, playing chords when necessary (The viola)
  • Bass – Arif Mirabdolbaghi of Protest the Hero (The bass)
  • Drums – Lyle Cooper of The Faceless playing dynamically with thoughtful displays of chops (Percussion)
  • Vocals and Synth – Tommy Rogers of Between the Buried and Me using growls sparingly and providing atmospheric synth sounds where appropriate
  • Band would play technical metal with classically-minded composition and a very slight djent influence.

So what’s your musical dream team? Any style, any number of members, living or dead! Leave a comment and let us know!

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