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Can you explain why the Enter Sandman riff sounds 'sleepy' ?

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Jul 2, 2012 7:46 PM ET #1 (permalink)


Listen to that riff, man. Doesn't it sound very...'sleepy' ? It fits the mood of the song, but I don't know what makes it sound very...'sleepy', you know?

Are the notes he's playing associated with lullabies or something? or is it the trance-like hypnotic riff that makes it like that?

Can anybody help me break it down what makes it sound very 'sleepy' or whatever?


Also i'm talking about the intro riff that appears right away

NOT the distorted riff that appears soon after.

(This post was last edited on July 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM ET.)

Jul 2, 2012 11:10 PM ET #2 (permalink)

Uhhh... it doesn't really. The opening riff is picked softly, with no distortion, and there's no aggressive vibrato, and the production is open and makes good use of reverb. Most likely, it sounds sleepy to you because you've made a mental association with the song and sleep because of it's lyrics. I suppose you could make a case that repetition is associated with sleep and hypnotism.

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