Bass players occupy an unusual position in metal. On the one hand, much of the time you don’t really notice what they’re doing on a recording. Much of the time they don’t really stand out, partly because of the way most albums are mixed, and partly because much of the time it’s just not all that interesting by itself; their absence would be more noticeable than their presence.
On the other hand, whenever they can actually be heard in a recording and are doing something . . . interesting . . . people sit up and take notice; they like it, and they tend to comment on it. Kind of like what might happen if you came across a talking dog.
So, on the one hand, when I tell you that I’m about to show you a bass play-through of a song, many of you will stifle a yawn. If you’re feeling a bit prickly, you might even be going, “What the fuck?” On the other hand, when I tell you the play-through was performed by Dominic “Forest” Lapointe of Montreal’s Beyond Creation (and Augury), those of you who are familiar with the band’s music will probably be rubbing your hands together in gleeful anticipation.
Because Forest Lapointe can do things most other bass players only dream of doing. It’s almost cruel for him to make a video like this one.
The song is “CoExistence” and it appears on The Aura, which was first released in 2011 and was then re-issued this year with a bonus track by Season of Mist after they signed the band. It’s a helluva song, and what Lapointe does on it is really fuckin’ impressive, especially what he does in the solo that begins just before the 5:00 mark (yup, a bass solo). Especially because he’s doing this in a straight play-through without a safety net. All your bass belong to him.
So have a look and a listen. And then you can start wondering along with me, “How much longer will we have to wait until we get a new Beyond Creation release?”
P.S. I was kidding about the talking dog thing. Just a little joke. Nothing serious. Not intended to hurt any feelings. Totally joking. Really. I love the bass.