two guitarists, drums, bass, vocals (usually male), keyboards
Performance and Arrangement
levels such asRobert Plant. But can also have some low rough pitched sound.
Riff Power chord based guitar (Root and Dominant chords)Soloing-fast
and technically difficult
-pentatonic scales and blues notes used regularly. Also usemodal scales and chromaticism in riffs or solos.Driving insistent rhythms called
is used in guitar, drums and bass.Keyboards not used in a prominent role everDrum parts feature lots of symbals and toms and can be very technical.
Technology and Production
Distortion and Valve amp sound
create the massive guitar sound.
Fuzz, Wah-Wah and Phaser
are the main effects used
Feedback and Finger Tapping
Large Reverb is typical along with thick heavy drum and bass