Friday, January 14, 2011

What If....

So I've been working on my Demons of Chaos army list.  I figured I'd do a 1000 pts first and then go up from there.  Now with the new rules, it's impossible to get a good hero for demons and the way I figure it you'd need at least 3000 to get a good lord.  Either way I'm excited to get this thing going.  So here's the unveiling.  

Heros

The Blue Scribes Of Tzeentch  

Epidemius, Tallyman of Nurgle

Core

15 Pink Horrors with Musician, Standard Bearer and Changling
- Icon of Sorcery

15 Plaguebearers with command squad 
        - Icon of Eternal Virulence

Special

3 Screamers  

Rare

5 Flamers

I had initially went with 2 10 man units of Pink Horrors and a 10 man unit of Plaguebearers but after a discussion with my buddy Jeff, I let him talk me into staying with my original design of a 15 man unit of Pink Horrors and a 15 man unit of Plague Bearers.  Let me know what you guys think.....

Today I was having a discussion with my buddy Stu about what if Cliff Burton hadn't died and someone else from Metallica died instead.  I personally would throw my dart at Lars.  Stu said Hammett.  Then the conversation went to who would replace them which then warped to who would the ultimate thrash band make up would be.  So we came up with the format for the ultimate thrash band to comprise 1 vocalist, 2 guitars, bass and drums.  Stu's list went like this.

Drums:  Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
Bass:  Cliff Burton (Metallica)
Guitar:   Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Guitar:  Jeff Hannemann (Slayer)
Vocalist:  Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly) or Laura Nichol (Light This City)

I find it very interesting that Stu would go with a female lead vocalist...not something I would go with in the Ultimate Thrash Band....so my line up would be this

Drums:  Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
Bass:  Vince Hornsby (Sevendust)
Guitar:  Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Guitar:  Alex Skolnick (Testament)
Vocalist:  Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)

Now I chose Vinnie Paul cause the guy has a great groove to his drumming.  Whether he's 32nd noting it or laying down a 4/4, it's just rock solid.  Vince Hornsby is also a great  groove bassist.  He's not the most technical but he lays down a nice groove that flows with the drums.  Praise and Beautiful off Sevendust's Animosity album are excellent examples.  Now Scott Ian is just an icon in the industry and what I would say is the most under rated guitarist in the genre.  The guy is rock solid as a rhythm guitarist and really holds the song together when Danny Spitz is wailing.  The guy is concrete.  These 3 together would be a bomb shelter....solid and unbreakable as a rhythm section.

For a lead guitarist I went back and forth with who I would put in this slot if I was putting together the band.  After long thought I chose either Diamond Darrell or Alex Skolnick as my final two and decided to go with Skolnick because he's just a little more technical than Diamond.  That's not to say that Diamond isn't an excellent player.  The guys is an icon in his own right but I'm more partial to the more technical shredder.  Must be the educated musician in me.  

Vocalist was another debate in my own head.  I had this narrowed down to either Chuck Billy or Corey Taylor.  Now Chuck Billy is a beast and he can be melodic when he wants to be.  Return To Serenity is a good example but it's not my favorite song from Testament.  In the end I chose Corey Taylor because he can growl and he can sing equally well while in my opinion Chuck Billy's strength is in his growl as it should be.

Well that's my Ultimate Thrash Band and I would love to hear what other people would come up with if you like this genre of music.

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