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Bill Frisell (b. 1951) is a North American guitarist and composer who built an eclectic career creating guitar music in several disciplines and genres. He was born William Richard ‘Bill’ Frisell in Baltimore, Maryland, but spent most of his youth in the Denver area. He went to the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied guitar with Johnny Smith. After graduation, he went to the Berklee School of Music in ...

Source: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Guitar Heroes, consultant editor Rusty Cutchin
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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1982–present) As their name suggests, this UK band dealt in burning extremes of sound and volume. The original exponents of grindcore, their songs were brutally short – ‘You Suffer’ was exactly one second long – but played with maximum intensity and speed. Numerous personnel changes occurred between cult days of Scum (1986) and the metal-pounding of Fear, Emptiness And Despair (1994). Napalm Death's fourteenth studio album, entitled Time Waits ...

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley
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Death metal and grindcore both had roots in the decaying thrash metal scene of the mid-1980s. As that decade concluded, musicians on both sides of the Atlantic were looking for new and horrific ways to shock. The styles ended up gravitating towards one another, but began life as very different entities. Death metal bands like Morbid Angel and Death set their violence, suffering and pain-obsessed lyrics to a more intricate framework ...

Source: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music, general editor Paul Du Noyer
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