Backwards Rock: Name in the Killing

When you spend any time studying rock guitar, one band that will inevitably come up is Rage Against The Machine. Often imitated but never duplicated, they’re one of the most important metal bands to come out of the 1990s. They didn’t release a lot of material, but their first album almost singlehandedly launched a subgenre. So, uh, that’s gonna count for something, doesn’t it?

Like I’ve mentioned before, some riffs work really well for Backwards Rock and others turn kinda bizarre. I’m pretty sure this one falls into the “bizarre” category, but that’s ultimately up for you to decide. I give you: The main riff to “Killing in the Name”… backwards.

Name in the Killing

One weird thing I encountered while recording this: I used a click track and they clearly didn’t. This is why my “quiet” section is faster than theirs – they slow down a little when the vocals enter. Go figure, huh? Enjoy, let me know what you think, and I’ll see you next time.

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