What's YOUR favorite metalguitar tone?

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I may get laughed at in light of some of the heavy shit I see listed here but here goes anyway:
Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith album
Whitesnake - 1987 album
Blue Murder - S/T album
Jaded Heart - most early albums (with Michael Bormann)
Don't know Jadedd Heart, but the other three have great tones.
 

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It's a great tone, but man figuring out what they used is a nightmare. Everyone has a different recollection of what they used. I've heard things ranging from 5150 to JCM900 to Marshall 6100. To me though it's 100% boosted 5150.
I think Ola got close with a Guvnor and 5150, I believe?
 

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For me, I’m torn between this tone from a tiny French band called The Mars Chronicles. I became obsessed with the guitar tones on their EP after I first listened to it.



Special shout out to the guitar tone on Dillinger Escape Plan‘s Ire Works. If this tone was on an album tuned lower than standard, it’d be illegal.

 

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A couple of favourites people may not think about/ may disagree with!
The Haunted - One Kill Wonder. It rages, just rages.
Nevermore - Enemies Of Reality (original recording). Very thick and menacing.
Morbid Angel - Domination. Thick, punchy.
Tool's Aenima and Lateralus tones are God standard to me as well.
 

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I'm a complete sucker for Engl Fireball, but what amp is this? Really like the plate-like sizzle to this one.





 

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Heartwork was mainly 5150 boosted with a Guvnor into an enormous double sized frankencab + a tiny Marshall practice amp blended for the top end.
What's a bit unclear is the Marshall 6100 was either blended as well for some songs or used for solos.
 

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Off the top of my head;

Kataklysm - In the Arms of Devastation
Kataklysm - Serenity in Fire
Fit for an Autopsy - The Great Collapse
Archspire - Bleed the Future
Analepsy - Atrocities From Beyond
 

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August Burns Red
Architects
Dream Theater
Avenged Sevenfold (Nightmare Album)
Tremonti
Bullet for My Valentine
Metallica (Black Album Tone)
Coldrain
Rabea Massaad
 

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Oxford defines "song" as a short poem or other set of words set to music or meant to be sung so literally yes, but more importantly, the only claims at stake here are:

1. He did some incredible things with a pair of x100b's
2. Women Dig It
Lol.
 

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I fully believe the Van Halen brown sound would work amazingly well on a "real" metal album.


I mean, look at how many metal bands use some iteration of his signature amp. While they obviously don't dial it in the same, and they don't use the chorus effects and whatnot, the foundation is certainly there.
 

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This isn't the kind of music you'd expect to have awesome guitar tone, but this is one of my favorites anyway:



Especially around 2:00 when he chugs the 8th notes - that's basically the tone I'm always going for.
 


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