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One More Week

Its almost time, but its been an insane ride. I know I’ve not been online and blogging for a while now. Two life-changing events have dominated the past few months of my time: birth and death.

This coming Tuesday (8/28), I’m going to be a daddy, We’ve built a nursery, had a baby shower, and wifey’s complaining that her belly-button is going to pop. Ella Sophia is almost here.

On the flip-side of this, last week, after several years of mounting the most courageous defense I’ve ever seen, my boss – who was like a 2nd mother to me – has passed from melanoma. I really wish that she could have seen Ella before she passed. She told me, some time ago, that she looked forward to being an aunt again, and this is the first child for both my wife and myself.

So, anyway, enough with the personal updates for now. I might write about each of these a little more in the future, because one hangs very heavily on my heart, and the other is arriving just in time to lift it.

On to bass.



Steve DiGiorgio (fretless metal bassist)

Death. Testament. Autopsy.  These are bands that rose to prominence in the 80s and 90s in thrash and death metal. Do you know what they all had in common? Steve DiGiorgio on bass. Steve is a whirlwind of a player. He’s known for blazing speed and fretless playing. I’ve combed the internet, and I can’t find video interviews with him anywhere. However, his playing has become an important part of the fabric of metal history. When I think of heavy metal bass, the first person who comes to mind is Steve Harris. However, when I think extreme metal bass, the two players who always top the list for me are Alex Webster and DiGiorgio.

Steve is a blend of schooled and self-taught bassist. Interviews on the internet state that he played different instruments in school, including woodwind and brass, before moving on to stringed instruments. He learned to read standard notation in school as well. He says that when it comes to metal, however, he learned by ear, sitting by the radio and playing to albums.


Jeroen Paul Thesseling (bassist for Pestilence & Obscura)

Jeroen Paul Thesseling was the bassist for Pestilence when Spheres was recorded. He’s noted for his 5 & 6 string playing and – I recently discovered – fretless as well. He’s actually more known for playing fretless now than fretted. Currently, I believe that he’s playing in both Pestilence and Obscura. Here’s a really nice interview with Thesseling from De Bassist, a Dutch bass magazine with a print/online version that I can’t read. 😦

De Bassist – Jeroen Paul Thesseling interview


Alex Webster (bassist for Cannibal Corpse)

Interesting video of Alex Webster where he goes over how he plays and mechanical theory:

 Alex Webster Interview/Lesson in Sick Sounds Issue 1

Alex Webster is one of the more famous bassists in death metal. He is one of the original members of Cannibal Corpse and also plays in an instrumental outfit called Blotted Science. In the accompanying video interview for Sick Sounds, he goes over right and left-hand technique, and describes some of his playstyle.