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There is an amazing movie Tenatious D and the pick of destiny here is a culmination rock-off from it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOBKxUT9Da4#t=1m10s

The line which starts on 1.15 f***, the demon code prevents me... to around 1.30, this sound and harmony... it sounds painfully similar to... what? It's not just a pain from inability to figure what is it similar to, but also the fact that I really like it and want to hear more, and it seems like the film, being a rock-comedy, totally can parody here a sound of some old-famous-and-great heavy metal band, but which (one or few) - I can not figure it out.

Also from the same movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-exiKRZZUuU sound of chorus Storm the gate! again causes heavy deja-vu.

So any ideas/suggestions? Hope i'm not just wasting your time, best regards.

  • Wel, it's a 4-5-2 chord progression, which is pretty common throughout music. And, given that it's written by a very talented duo of musicians (and that specific segment features one of the most talented musicians of all time), I don't know if it was specifically meant to rip off anyone. Apr 9, 2015 at 18:07
  • Yeah, that is absolutely possible, maybe, indeed, it's just a dejavu. Dave Grohl huh, need to look up his works. Apr 9, 2015 at 20:19
  • @JohnnyBones mybe you can share some ideas out of your head about oldschool bands praising similar sound? Apr 11, 2015 at 15:52

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I think my comment above was a bit wrong, it's more like a 5-5-2-3 (aka E-C-D) chord progression. Here's an example:

Metallica - Creeping Death breakdown

This is actually 5-2-3-5-3-2, but you get the point.

Another Metallica jam that loosely follows this pattern is the verse sections in their cover of Budgie's Breadfan, although that one is more like 5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-2-3 (with some chugs and minor almost inaudible fills thrown in for good measure).

Iron Maiden's Rime of the Ancient Mariner also follows this pattern, particularly in the opening riff. In fact, a lot of Steve Harris-penned Iron Maiden songs (including Running Free) are written in this fashion.

Extrapolate this over thousands of Metal/Rock songs and you're sure to see that the progression isn't unique.

  • Thank you, that an interesting suggestions, in fact, wasn't listening to much of Iron Maiden songs, i always felt that their sound is a bit boring (completely personal preference), maybe it's worth revisiting. Apr 15, 2015 at 19:11
  • Iron Maiden's first 2 records are, what I would consider, the first ever Progressive Metal records. The musicianship was AMAZING. I wasn't crazy about the vocalist at the time (Paul D'Ianno), but the music was great. Apr 15, 2015 at 19:29

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