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Strapping Young Lad - "Shitstorm"

Strapping Young Lad Shitstorm

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Authored)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (3)

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Author Notes

The other "extreme" song of the pack - where "OMFG" is particularly extreme musically, this song is moreso in the lyrical department. Here, Devin proves himself a master of taking words that sound like they come from an edgy 14 year old's diary and putting utmost earnest, sincerity, and power into them so that they actually sound fucking scary. Right off the bat, you're hit with crushing riffs, and shortly after, a furious vocal refrain. From there, the song enters a massive buildup with psychopathic vocals that culminate into a devastating "FUCK YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!" A chunky riff, a female choir, and a sorta-breakdown later, the song returns to the earlier refrain before ending on a rather serene guitar arpeggio melody.


This song is one of the hardest on drums, loaded with endurance-straining blast-beats and double bass footwork. Following the intro blasts, the refrain sports a relatively simple thrash beat with quad fills mixed in. From there, it's another blast on the hi-hat before the hands let up and play simple quarter notes. The feet however, don't get much of a break, with a tricky (but not constant) pattern before returning to straight 16ths. The build up, well, builds up, with start-stop blasts morphing into full-on ones. There's a short break with an easier half-time rhythm, and the chunky riff features quick bursts of three kicks in a slightly djenty way.


The guitar part is also very difficult - the refrain riff is just simple chords, but there's plenty of classic tremolo riffs - especially in the build-up, which is just one massive test of your strumming arm/hand's stamina. Fortunately, you get a break from that with the slow 8th note chords shortly afterwards and the easy riff that follows it. There's more technical bits throughout, such as earlier in the verse, featuring a mix of strumming and HOPO quadruplets, as well as before the final refrain, where there's a mini-solo similar to the one in Skeksis. The outro is also littered with tricky strumming riffs and HOPO triplets.


The bass track, while not insane, is quite challenging. The intro riff mimics the guitar, while the refrain puts more emphasis on the beat rather than the offbeats, compared to the guitar riff. Shortly after that, you're treated to a tricky ascending triplet riff, before entering what's probably the coolest bassline out of all of these songs, even if gets a little repetitive. The "FUCK YOU" release and chunky riff are easy as expected, and the outro has notes in groups of three with a tricky hammer-on bit mixed in.


Yet another typical keys part, this time with a bit more single notes and a quick melodic part rather than just chords.


Similar to "OMFG," this song has the easiest vocals in-game despite being very difficult to accurately perform, since much of the song is based on intense screaming which translates to talkies. Not that Devin's profane ranting isn't enjoyable. Special mention to the "FUCK YOU!!!!", which is formatted just like that in-game, which technically breaks RB standards, but I don't care because if there's any phrase that deserves to be in all caps with multiple exclamation points, it's this one. The second harmony is largely double-track and call and response bits that are similarly unpitched, but harmony 3 covers the choir parts, which add some pitched fun.