BASSIST DISCOGRAPHY


The Official Bryan Beller Bassist Discography

Year Title Artist
2019 Scenes From The Flood Bryan Beller
2019 Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Bear McCreary
2019 You Know What…? The Aristocrats
2018 Reality Is My Play Thing Phi Yaan-Zek
2017 Galaktikon II: Become The Storm Brendon Small
2017 Ontology Technopath
2016 The Star You Are Prog Rock Orchestra
2016 Scambot 2 Mike Keneally
2016 Remarkably Human Nick Johnston
2016 Supernova Remix Joe Satriani
2015 Culture Clash Live The Aristocrats
2015 Secret Show: Live In Osaka The Aristocrats
2015 Tres Caballeros The Aristocrats
2015 Shockwave Supernova Joe Satriani
2015 On Jane Getter
2015 The Quest For The 100th Monkey Paperclip Scientists
2014 Reincarnation Brian Maillard
2014 Under Grand Suggestion Dane Runyon
2014 A Matter Of Perception Nili Brosh
2014 Atomic Mind Nick Johnston
2013 Wing Beat Elastic Mike Keneally
2013 The Adventures Of Dr. Mumbai Dr. Mumbai
2013 Culture Clash The Aristocrats
2013 You Must Be This Tall Mike Keneally
2013 Hemmed by Light, Shaped By Darkness Ephel Duath
2013 Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem Dethklok
2012 Mastering Tone And Versatility (Instr. DVD) Bryan Beller
2012 Brendon Small’s Galaktikon Brendon Small
2012 Wing Beat Fantastic Mike Keneally
2012 Deeper With The Anima Phi-Yaan Zek
2012 Dethalbum III Dethklok
2012 Broken Jason Sadites
2012 BOING, We’ll Do It Live! The Aristocrats At Alvas Showroom The Aristocrats
2011 Microscopic Razl
2011 Wednesday Night Live (CD/DVD) Bryan Beller
2011 Nothing Clever Colin Keenan
2011 The Essential Steve Vai Steve Vai
2011 bakin’ @ the potato! Mike Keneally
2011 The Aristocrats The Aristocrats
2011 Live At The White House Kira Small & Bryan Beller
2011 Sunny Taylor [EP] Sunny Taylor
2010 NPS Maakt Jazz, Volume 7 Various Artists(Bryan Beller, others)
2010 Chains Of Sin Timesword
2010 Wicked: Music From The WesFest Community Various Artists (Bryan Beller, others)
2010 Where The Other Wild Things Are Steve Vai
2010 On Revolute Dave Weiner
2010 Spiral Vendetta Godsticks
2010 Tripple Ripple Anders Helmerson
2009 In Small Things Andra Moran
2009 H-Town Triangle Exception
2009 So Far Gone Colin Keenan
2009 Where The Wild Things Are (CD/DVD) Steve Vai
2009 Dethalbum II Dethklok
2009 Scambot 1 Mike Keneally
2008 Loss 4 Words Gary Schutt
2008 Rotonova Razl
2008 Reflections – An Act Of Glass Chris G.
2008 Prime Cuts James LaBrie
2008 Wine and Pickles Mike Keneally
2008 Nothing Clever Colin Keenan
2008 Are We Famous Yet? Mother Eff
2008 Thanks In Advance Bryan Beller
2008 To Nothing (DVD) Bryan Beller
2007 Boil That Dust Speck (Reissue – CD/DVD) Mike Keneally
2007 E2 Eros Ramazzotti
2007 Sound Theories, Vols. 1-2 Steve Vai
2007 Visual Sound Theories (DVD) Steve Vai
2007 WesFest 2 (DVD) Various Artists (Bryan Beller, others)
2007 The Marco Show (DVD) Marco Minnemann
2007 Onward And Downward Touched (Colin Keenan)
2006 Guitar Therapy Live (CD/DVD) Mike Keneally Band
2006 Here Comes Memory Tom Langford
2006 After The Storm Various Artists (Mike Keneally)
2006 Half-Pint Demigod Yogi
2006 WesFest (DVD) Various Artists (Bryan Beller, others)
2005 Elements of Persuasion James LaBrie
2005 Real Illusions: Reflections Steve Vai
2004 Dog/Dog Special Edition (CD/DVD) Mike Keneally Band
2004 XL Bass Lines: A D’addario Music Sampler Various Artists (Bryan Beller)
2003 A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd Various Artists (Mike Keneally)
2003 The Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology Steve Vai
2003 Salve Yogi
2003 View Bryan Beller
2003 Pup Mike Keneally Band
2002 Wooden Smoke/Wooden Smoke Asleep Mike Keneally
2002 The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1 Steve Vai
2001 Any Raw Flesh? Yogi
2001 Bikini Space Surfers
2001 Mullmuzzler 2 James LaBrie
2001 Out From Under Janet Robin
2001 Karma NDV (Nick D’Virgilio)
2000 Automatic Dweezil Zappa
2000 Dancing/Dancing With Myself (CD/DVD) Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins
2000 The 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodies Steve Vai
1999 Keep It To Yourself Mullmuzzler (James LaBrie)
1999 Six Pack: Multi-Artist Radio Sampler Various Artists (Mullmuzzler)
1999 Tribute To The Titans Various Artists (Stanley Snail)
1999 The Ultra Zone Steve Vai
1999 Theory Of Forms Neil Sadler
1998 Sluggo! Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins
1998 The SWR Sound Various Artists (Mike Keneally)
1998 Open The Door Janet Robin
1997 Half Alive In Hollywood Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins
1997 Merry Axemas: A Guitar Christmas Various Artists (Steve Vai)
1996 Music For Pets (U.S. Version) Z (Dweezil & Ahmet Zappa)
1996 Soap Scum Remover (VHS) Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins
1995 Boil That Dust Speck Mike Keneally
1995 Tales From Yesterday: Yes Tribute Various Artists (Stanley Snail: Kevin Gilbert, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Nick D’Virgilio)
1995 Music For Pets (French Version) Z (Dweezil & Ahmet Zappa)
1994 Shampoohorn Z (Dweezil & Ahmet Zappa)

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Bryan Beller

BEHIND THE SCENES FROM THE FLOOD - STEINER IN ELLIPSES: Every story needs conflict, and here we introduce a new element in the narrative, one that possesses extremely powerful energy. Benevolent? Malevolent? Both? Yet to be determined. But it’s going to have an impact either way. We’ve all encountered something like that, right?

To represent this sonically, I knew I wanted it to be (ahem) fast and furious. I also always wanted to wrote a true thrash/extreme metal tune. And I knew this was the conclusion of the first of four parts of the album, so it needed a grandeur in its climax. For me, this all pointed towards Devin Townsend/Dethklok world, and that’s when I realized I needed Gene Hoglan slaying everywhere in order to make this track’s brutal sprint to the end of Part 1 come to life.

Making the demo was a blast, except for the guitar solo. There was no way I could approximate the metal shredding it needed, and I believe in Complete Demos. So I called for…the soulful, funky stylings of Rick Musallam?! Somehow I just thought it would be fun to give him a whack at it. Sure enough, he came in and shredded it with a slightly bluesy edge (a bit of Hammett/Mustaine, perhaps), and the demo solo ended up being the album’s most unlikely keeper.

I also wanted the riffing to feel more “dangerous” and slightly loose as opposed to “modern/tight”. More 1986 thrash than 2018 djent. So I called…Mike Keneally? Yes! The riffs were actually quite difficult *mentally*, and the odd-time intro/outro was a bitch and a half, as was the ascending climb riff leading up to the ending (my nod to Strapping Young Lad’s “Shitstorm”). MK ate those tough runs for breakfast, and gave the track a whole different feel than “Awesome Metal Guitarist X” would have been able to provide.

Overall, even though “Steiner In Ellipses” was only 2:23 in duration, it was one of the hardest pieces of the album to bring into a finality that really worked. There are 17 mixes of the demo and 22 mixes of the final studio version. (No joke!) Mixing extreme metal has “rules” in order to avoid low frequency muddle problems generated by super fast kick drums and low-tuned guitars in unison with bass. “…And Justice For All” aside, there *are* real benefits to reducing low end and increasing compression in metal mixes. And yet, this song had to fit on an album where the low end was, in general, fat AF. Balancing the needs of the song with the needs of the album was something that Forrester Savell and I were working on right up until the very, very end. It was the second to last mix to come home - only “World Class” took longer.

Finally, the song - and Part 1 - ends with a nod to the coming Storm. A few people caught that. Did you?
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1 day ago

Bryan Beller

JANET FEDER SPEAKS: I’ve said plenty about her - now it’s time to hear from her in her own words. Let’s Rock catches up to guitarist/composer Janet Feder (author of “Angles & Exits”) in her first interview since the release of “Scenes From The Flood”. How did a classically trained (and degree'd) acoustic guitarist end up using roach clips, split rings and plastic “superballs” to create unique sounds on a baritone? Janet explains it all in this 30-minute interview. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

Bryan Beller

TWO BRAZILIAN GIRLS TALK PROG: I thought that might get your attention. I know I’ve posted a lot of interviews lately but this one is absolutely unique, thanks to the clever editing and the 65-SONG PROG PLAYLIST (in 16 minutes?!) curated by Lorena Coelho and Nina Goulart of Desordem Progressiva. Come for the lo-fi hipster fashion, stay for the Deep Prog Questions. And make sure to watch to the end to see how to debase yourself with a writing utensil after playing “Marry Fuck Kill” with Emerson Lake & Palmer. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

Bryan Beller

BEHIND THE SCENES FROM THE FLOOD - "A QUICKENING": As I set out to build "Scenes From The Flood", I really studied Pink Floyd's "The Wall" from a sequential standpoint, and how it flowed and why I thought it worked. Some of what kept it interesting for me were the (pardon the pun) numerous sudden scene changes. From the helicopter end of "Another Brick In The Wall Part One" to the thudding opening chord of "The Happiest Days of Our Lives"; the buzzing end fall of "Empty Spaces" into the funk groove of "Young Lust"; that sort of thing.

This is what inspired the thinking behind the two-minute "story time jump" that comprised SFTF's fourth track, "A Quickening". A couple of expositional elements have been established - an optimistic start, a query on reality - and now events happen quickly. More important than what those events are is the idea that they *can* happen quickly, more so than ever (insert value judgment on that here), thanks to...well, we're going to go meta here, but what platform are you reading this on?

Musically, I'd never before tried to do anything remotely "drum and bass"-y, so this was a plunge. The Korg Kronos' onboard drum loops and patterns provided a near limitless palette of chop-sy bit-sy grooves, and I just went for it. I looked for a better bass synth sound than the SWR Mo' Bass but I just couldn't find one, so I went with that...which gave it a bit of a Mike Keneally "Physics" vibe. It's an homage, right? After that, I just piled on the layers, and always knew that the purpose of this song was to jangle the nerves, move the story forward, and get to the blistering climactic song of Part One, "Steiner In Ellipses". The crazed double-time ending is another homage (non MK) - anyone able to ID it?

Speaking of Keneally, I ended up doing everything on this track except these two really high guitar arpeggios which my clubby bass fingers just could not make sound good. So Keneally was kind enough to cut those for me. As always, thank you MK!
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BEHIND THE SCENES FROM THE FLOOD: Here's a deep dive into the climactic song of Part 1, the extreme/thrash metal fireball that is "Steiner In Ellipses", featuring @GeneHoglan, @MikeKeneally & Rick Musallam. 22 mixes until it was final. 22! Read (top post): https://t.co/W0IOfDV3q6

JANET FEDER SPEAKS: I’ve said plenty about her - now it’s time to hear from her in her own words. Let’s Rock catches up to guitarist/composer @JanetFeder (author of “Angles & Exits”) in her first interview since the release of “Scenes From The Flood”. https://t.co/VpY1qqRqlt

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