A beginner bassist's foray into the unknown

Thoughts about playing bass in Death Metal (Stephen Brand)

So last night, when I should have been sleeping, I was reading through bass-related material instead. One of these was a short thread on Talkbass from 2012 which linked to an article written by StephenDemento, a German bassist who had been playing in various rock and metal bands for a while (he’d been playing for 25 years, as of its writing) and had joined a death metal band, although he wasn’t particularly a fan of the style at first. After playing in it for about 2 1/2 years, he wrote an article about the experience, which I found interesting. Have a read:

Stephen Brand of Demento

Stephen Brand of Demento

Some searching revealed that Stephen’s real name is Stephen Brand and that he’s the bassist for Demento, a progressive death metal band from Germany. Here’s a link to their Facebook page:

Like a lot of people who like metal, but not necessarily death, he was initially turned off by the growling vocal style. The only two death bands he enjoyed were Death and Cynic (both fantastic bands with exemplary bassists, I might add). Their styles were basically fusions of death metal (which Death arguably founded) and progressive metal. Over time, he learned to appreciate the style though.

I like that he shares his thoughts about what stood out to him in the style, because as an experienced bassist, he has a lot of knowledge to draw upon to identify differentiators and common characteristics. He also lists a virtual who’s-who of technical players – many of whom are among my favorites.

[edit 11.5.2016] Stephen’s website is no longer online. However, I saved a copy of the article as a PDF using Google Translate last year (it was in German). I’m attaching a copy to this post so that his thoughts aren’t lost to the world.


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