Being an avid music lover of not just metal, but most music in general, I love hearing classical and modern concert band compositions.  In fact, I’m in the high school concert band, where I play percussion.   While some of the music can be rather boring, some pieces are just absolute beasts that any lover of music can appreciate.  Enter Samuel Hazo.

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Any fan of progressive music can appreciate Samuel Hazo.  His music is often very nuanced and catchy.  A multitude of his pieces change time signature and key signatures numerous times and very fluidly.  His music ranges from middle-eastern, epic, and very beautiful.  I’ve had the honor of playing three of his pieces in my high-school band, and I can assure you that his pieces contain so much power then on recordings.

The piece I posted above, “Ride”, is a masterstroke of music.  I actually arranged a metal version of it.  The piece shows an astounding amount of key and time signature changes.  It’s mind-blowing.  Here are some of his more noteworthy pieces, and tell me what you think in the comments.

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– GR.

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