Recording Fast, Death Metal Style Rhythm Tracks

I started this morning out on the right track (and when I say ‘track’ I mean literally!). After I got home from the gym (today was leg day; brutal!), I wrote and recorded the metal rhythm guitar tracks for the 10th song for a new album I’m working on.

I must say that I’ve been very productive in recording new music over the past few weeks. I had wrote a blog a couple weeks ago about the new album I’m writing called Extreme Metal Workout. This is a follow up from my latest album, Heavy Metal Workout.

Where as the first album in this unique series is based on more of a classic, chunky metal style, Extreme Metal Workout is going to be more aggressive with faster tempos. The guitar tracks have more of a death metal vibe.

Writing and recording these faster metal guitar rhythms have been exciting and extremely challenging. I’m playing faster that I ever have as far as rhythm guitar is concerned. This style is along the lines of ‘speed metal meets death metal’ (that’s probably one in the same). There’s a lot of really fast alternate picking.

Recording 2 Metal Rhythm Guitar Tracks

The challenging part isn’t so much writing or playing these rhythms. The first rhythm guitar track I lay down is somewhat smooth. I use a drum track to help with my timing. The real challenge is recording the second rhythm guitar track and syncing it with the first recorded track. And here is where I learn if my first track is off a little on timing. This is especially applicable to faster, more death metal style rhythms.

There are those moments where I’ll nail both tracks in one shot. Those are happy moments (‘dii jai’ = ‘happy heart’ in Thai). And of course there are other times where I have to go back and re-record both rhythm guitar tracks, often more than once. None the less, it’s a fun process.

Recording Metal Rhythms - Death Metal - Jason Stallworth

Panning Rhythm Guitars

You’ll hear me talk more about this in future blogs and videos (and I’ve gone over this in past videos I’ve put out there on YouTube). I typically record two metal rhythm guitar tracks and hard pan them. My first track is usually the one you’ll hear in the left speaker. Then I’ll go back and record a second rhythm guitar track, and pan it right.

To me, panning metal rhythm guitar tracks is a necessity. At least for my own music. The overall sound and mix is more dynamic. Plus I like to make that second guitar track harmonize with the first track for certain parts in specific songs.

That sums it up for today’s studio recording update. I’ve been spending time writing and recording in my studio about 3-4 times a week. That’s proven to be a healthy balance. More updates to come!

Keep it Metal,



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