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    Instrumentals for Everyone.

    I put so much emphasis on lyrics, that today I want to focus on instrumentals. Sometimes we need to forget about words – and just let our brains absorb the music – let the meaning of the music really hit our soul. Feel the rhythm, the guitars, dulcimers, drums, bass, keyboards, and whatever other instrument might find its way into any given instrumental. Don’t worry – despite this article’s image, there will be no alpine horns. Though if I had found a decent example – I might have included a song with said horns. What do I mean by instrumentals? Do I mean classical music? Well – not really. Sure,…

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    Symphonic Metal Sampler

    Classical and Heavy metal music, at first glance, appear as fully opposite styles. Classical sounds gentle, and yet complex. Metal on the other hand sounds loud and perhaps a bit banal. Classical draws the ears of the elite, and metal draws a less refined ear. However, some bands have found these two seemingly opposite genres have a lot in common. The prog rockers of the 70s found this connection. Of course Queen provides the most famous example of this connection in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” A great many other bands have joined these pioneers. So many bands, in fact, that they have their own genre, often referred to as Symphonic Metal. Symphonic…