Subtraction of Motive in All Within My Hands

Whereas the examples from “Creeping Death” demonstrate a variation through the addition of a transposition and chords, Metallica also will change a riff by subtracting material.  This type of variation occurs in the opening riffs from the song “All Within My Hands” from the album St. Anger.  The first riff is in C minor and includes a descending pattern of power chords on G – Gb – F – E – Eb, with the first two chords alternated between chords on the tonic.  The progression is subdivided into two parts, motives x and y.



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