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Watch the Mount St. Schuldiner online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Metal Guitar Licks You MUST Know

While minor is the defacto overtone to most every moment in the metal canon, there's plenty of diminished textures lurking beneath the surface. This Lochness monster-like sound could be heard in chord progressions where a change is based on the b5 of the overall tonality. Who better to reference this evil tool than the founding father of death metal, Chuck Schuldiner, who aptly used interval el diablo many times over including within the main riff of "Crystal Mountain" from the Symbolic CD. This riff calls upon the same vibe: Quick-wrist-palm-muting, tightly placed accented power chords, insane tempo range, and of course--a Bb5 serving as the b5 element in this Em composition.