Friday, February 3, 2012

The Saxophone in Metal

I know there have been recent posts about this on Invisible Oranges and possibly some other places, but I do feel qualified to make a post about this because I played the saxophone for eight years. I was pretty good at it too, winning several awards at solo and small ensemble contests and being a member of a high school jazz band chosen as one of 20 groups from across the country to perform at a contest honoring Duke Ellington's 100th birthday at Lincoln Center in New York. I have experience playing the alto, baritone, and soprano saxophones.

The saxophone has not made frequent appearances in heavy metal, it is typically a complimentary instrument and requires a guest appearance. Sigh is the only band I am currently aware of that employs a full-time saxophonist, Dr. Mikkanibal. While it would be interesting to hear a band use the saxophone full-time, the instrument often adds an eerie atmosphere to the songs in which it does appear.

So, after an exhaustive search through my collection, these are a few examples of the saxophone in heavy metal:

Anyone know any others I may have missed?


  1. "Another Day" by Dream Theater. That's the only one I can think of off the top of my head, though I seem to recall FMA posted some others on his blog as well.

  2. Here. They were grind bands. Solefald uses it sometimes, and there's Cephalic Carnage's "Repangaea". Also check out Ephel Duath's "The Passage (Pearl Grey)" or "Ruins (Deep Blue and Violet)".

  3. I remembered you posting something, but I could not find it for some reason. Ah well.