Greatings all. I've been lurking on this board for the better part of two years. Since coming here, I've discovered alot of new awesome bands and learned a lot more about my craft.
I'm mainly a heavy metal/prog metal player. I've been playing for 9 years. I worship at the alter of Hetfield in terms approaches to songwriting/playing, and lately I've been dabbling with alternate picking. My main musical influences are Metallica, Death, Devin Townsend, and Fredrik Thordenal(sp)/Allan Holdsworth.
I'm currently in the process of forming a progressive metal band in my small college town in BFE.
In terms of rhythm playing I'm mainly from the Hetfield/Schuldiner schools. I mix heavy downpicking with off the wall legato. And as for soloing, I'm a hybrid between a Marco Sfgoli and Holdsworth wannabe, but unfortunately more often than not I end up sounding like Kirk Hammet doing a Holdsworth impression (in terms of phrasing, not playing. And it's better than what it sounds).
My gear right now is a Washburn Renegade WM24, a mid 90s MiJ Jackson Performer, and a custom Ibanez RG I heavily modified. For amps right now I'm running a Pod XT bean through my B-52 combo, but I will soon be running a Pod HD 500 through and Alto FRFR.
I look forward to being part of this awesome community!
Welcome, I like your influences, you don't sound too far removed from my kind of influences! I'm hugely into Meshuggah, Death and Devin myself.