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Decibel magazine's celebrity Rush playlist part 2

Thu, Jun 14, 2012@11:40AM | comments

As part of their Decebrity Playlist series, last week Decibel magazine posted part 1 of a playlist of Rush songs as chosen by several hard rock and heavy metal artists. Part 1 included commentary from King's X bassist dUg Pinnick, Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Shane Clark (3 Inches Of Blood), Sean Reinert (Cynic), Chris Corey (Last Chance to Reason), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne). The magazine has just posted part 2 of the article which includes comments from 8 other artists including Rob Caggiano of Anthrax who chose Bravado off of Roll the Bones as his favorite Rush track:

I'll preface this by saying that I pretty much love every single thing Rush has ever done over the years. The band's greatness and the depth and scope of their career really came into perspective for me while trying to figure out which one of their songs to talk about here. I literally didn't know where to begin! Ultimately I ended up going with a tune called "Bravado" off of the album Roll The Bones. It's a record I've been listening to a lot lately and "Bravado" is one of the standout tracks. As a lot of Rush songs do, "Bravado" really takes me somewhere else when I listen to it. It's an epic song. I love the overall "mood" created by Alex Lifeson's airy but "dark" guitar parts and Geddy Lee's driving bass and somber vocals. However, the thing that really stands out for me with this tune is Neil Peart's drum arrangement! It's one of the most "musical" drum parts of his whole career in my opinion. Neil's playing is crisp, clean and precise as always but his sense of dynamics and musicality here is just staggering. The way he plays off of Geddy's vocal phrasing/melody is both masterful and mind-blowing. It's also a perfect example of the balance that can be had between technical restraint and technical prowess. If I was a drummer, I would study the shit out of this song!

Other artists featured in part 2 are Vince Verkay (Evoken), Chris Letchford (Scale The Summit), Lee Pomeroy (Headspace/Rick Wakeman's Ere), Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy/Spiritual Beggars/Mercyful Fate), Kelly Schaefer (Atheist), Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), and Markus Vanhala (Insomnium/Omnium Gatherum). They've also compiled all the artists' choices into a Spotify playlist. You can read the entire article at this link and catch part 1 here.