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This week, RYAN NEFF, bassist for metal mavens MISS MAY I, lets you in on the songs he plays to get his adrenaline pumping before taking the stage.
Pantera - "Primal Concrete Sledge"
This is my favorite Pantera track. It comes in with punishing double bass and a super-heavy bassline right off the bat. “Walk” got me into Pantera when I was in high school, which lead me to pick up every record. I proudly wear a Pantera patch during every show. They always get me pumped.
White Zombie - "Black Sunshine"
One of my favorite songs by my favorite band. I remember watching the music video for this song as a kid and being afraid and intrigued all at once. The opening bassline was one of the first I learned, and I still remember it to this day.
In Flames - "Where The Dead Ships Dwell"
Massive riffs in this one. I love the production on this entire record, and the vocal performance is awesome. The mix of abrasive screaming and unique singing really makes this album a fun one to listen to, and even more fun to try and learn how to perform.
Lamb Of God - "Redneck"
A classic LOG tune with an awesome music video to back up the riffing. I remember seeing this video on heavy rotation and actually not liking it at first because it was "too heavy" for my taste at the time. Randy [Blythe, frontman] is sporting a bald head in this one which, as a fellow bald dude, is cool to me, obviously.
As I Lay Dying - "The Sound Of Truth"
The main riff in this song has been sung out loud by every member of our band in unison on multiple occasions. Overall, I have to say this is one of my favorite tunes of all time. I absolutely love the whole album. The melodies hook you every time and will be stuck in your head for days.