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Watch the amazing shredmaster Alexi Laiho in action.
In an unaccompanied solo that lasts 51 seconds, Alexi Laiho runs through an encyclopedia of shred techniques starting with a tapped fury that leads a bluesy alternate-picked repeating phrase and then into some sweeping arpeggios with tapped high notes. And that’s just the first half! Tune in to see the fireworks fly off his fingers.
Children of Bodom could make it as a cover band if the death-metal market died. In a live rendition of their hit “Downfall,” the band opens up the number by quoting classic metal songs like Motley Crüe’s “Too Young to Fall in Love” and Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law.”
For a definitive taste of COB’s brand of melodic metal, here’s a full-length concert clip from German metal festival Wacken Open Air 2011.