In the grand scheme of writing music, each and every song has its own life. True songs that capture the attention of the audience for the better are not written, they are born and evolve.
The way a song sounds, not just in guitars, but overall dynamics is important to the life of the song. We, as musicians, tend to use emulation of our biggest influences as a stepping stone or platform for the "Sweet Spot" of tone for the individual. Lemme explain
20 years ago, the standard metal equalizer shape was the all powerful V - All bass, no mids, all treble and as much gain as humanly possible. And it worked. During the evolution of metal, that was what the player wanted. Metallica had this, Megadeth had this, and everyone banged their heads.
As gear because more versatile, affordable and available, the tone of a song is no longer a V, but more of a ~. A roller coaster if you will. The bass player is there for the bass, and guitarists of recent have realized this. So...they turned down their bass. Drummer's cymbols, solo's and female metal heads occupy the higher frequencies. Again, guitarists adapted and turned down the highs. That leaves us in the middle. It took me 14 years of playing to finally figure this out. The metal, yes, still has a lot of the V factory but the quality metal and talent - And I speak of Adam D, Petrucci, Steve Morse, Lamb of God, Steve Vai, and others now employ more of a ^ - Mids brought out and amplified - We cut thru the mix better than any time before. Not as much gain is needed. Its quality vs quantity. I have finally learned this and employed it - Hopefully in the upcoming songs and future Dark Ascent tunage, you, the listeners, will be able to not just hear, but embody the melody that is the guitar in Melodic Metal. Then you will need a neck brace because the head tends to dance when it hears the awesome riffage that is Dark Ascent
Its all starting to bleed together. Listening to so many different bands spanning over 25 years of hard rock and metal, riffs and phrases are all starting to sound the same. I wish I had my keys still. Writing chord progressions on keys then transposing to guitar definitely gets you thinking. I promise that Dark Ascent will never release a Mechanix/Four Horsemen song. You, the fans will always get either original songs or intentional respectful covers of the songs that influenced us so very much.