Bands in drop A, not deathcore ?

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  1. Nag

    Nag chugs and screams

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    Pretty much what the title asks : what are some bands where the guitarists play in drop A ? I mean specifically AEADGBE on a 7 or AEADF#B on a 6, no alternate tunings. No deathcore, since I don't care about that genre.

    I know Nile does. Other than that, I'm kinda clueless. I know Amon Amarth have a song in drop A, maybe more. But yeah, I'd just want more non-deathcore bands who use that tuning.

    Pretty much irrelevant story : so I got a 7-string years back, and I haven't used it in quite a long time. It's an Ibanez RG827Z. I think I just treated it wrong. I put it in drop A first back then, but with relatively big strings, and it was just too much for that trem system. I put it in drop Ab and the seventh string just felt weird, so I tuned it to Bb standard, but it's not set up properly for that (the thumbwheel is maxed out one way and the trem still isn't flat), so it just felt weird to play and I kinda fell out of love for it. I've been blaming it on the pickups or the neck profile, but... cheap pickups, low tuning, HUGE Elixir strings (that's a 68 for the low Bb). I didn't give it a fair chance. I want to rehabilitate the guitar, see if I can actually enjoy it. I don't listen to much 7-string music, I bought it mostly out of curiosity at the time. I'm currently debating whether I set it up (with floppy enough strings to be playable) in standard B or in drop A. I barely use dropped tunings on sixes, so having the drop-tuned 7 would give me the 6 strings I'm used to, plus a drop-tuned section to experiment and mess with. I could definitely find enough bands who use their sevens in standard B tuning to keep myself busy, it's just for the drop A stuff that I need some help. If I find enough drop A stuff that seems fun to learn and practice, I'll probably go drop A. Else, B standard.

    Thanks for your input !
     
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    I believe some Morbid Angel and Paradise lost songs are in drop A.
     
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    Apex1rg7x Agent of Chaos

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    Slipknot primarily plays in drop B but has a ton of songs in drop A as well.
     
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    my band plays in drop a and we cover slipknot, LoG and metallica. most songs transpose fairly easily.
     
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    I know, but that isn't the point. I asked specifically for bands who use drop A.
     
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    Scar Symmetry uses drop A on some songs, especially off the Holographic Universe.
     
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    Sorceress by Opeth was in drop A
     
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    They used six string guitar in AADGBE tuning, just E dropped to A.

    Keith Merrow's projects Conquering Dystopia and Alluvial are in drop A if you're into that kind of stuff.

    Bloodbath might be in AEADF#B.
     
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    Some of Nevermore's stuff is in drop A iirc
     
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    Would you call Korn deathcore? Their riffs are fun. With a career as long as theirs, you'll find something.

    What about writing your own stuff?
     
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    Nag chugs and screams

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    Korn's stuff is in A standard, isn't it ? I guess transposing always works, I was hoping for stuff where I can find tabs that require no extra work :lol:

    And yeah, eventually I'll write stuff myself.
     
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    Within Temptation always tuned their 7's to Drop A. They used them on the albums The Silent Force and The Heart of Everything before switching back to 6's.

    ...That's all I got that ain't Djent.
     
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    Some Ihsahn songs are in drop A. Pretty sure Aborted play in drop A nowadays, too.
     
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    Novelists are good fun for this tuning
     
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    Kaura Le Petit Caporal

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    Fear Factory? I know that at least Edgecrusher goes in the key of A.
     
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    Yob and Pallbearer are drop A.
     
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    dont know if it's all death core, but below maby some bands?

     
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    Idk if you call Jason Richardson Djent but a couple songs off his solo album are in Drop-A on a 7. It’s all shred so great for practicing.
     
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    Nasum :)
     
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