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10 Times Hard Rock Bands Went Acoustic (And Nailed It)

Trading riffs for unplugged licks.

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When putting together a hard rock tune, most bands need to have a firm riff to base everything on top of. Hell, even the biggest bands of the genre like Metallica and Van Halen rely almost exclusively on their riffs rather than ringing chords. It's one thing to have a band melt your face off...but what happens when they turn the amps down a little?

For all the headbanging moments that these bands have in their discography, they have all proven that they have excellent taste when it comes to the acoustic side of the spectrum as well. Rather than look like a cheap spectacle to try and reach out to the easy listening demographic, every one of these songs hold up as beautiful pieces on their own regardless of the band's pedigree.

Some of these bands are so big that they would pretty much sell on name recognition alone, but the fact that these unplugged jams are pretty solid just shows you the level of musicianship these bands have.

Heavy riffs and unhinged playing might be their calling card, but that's just scratching the surface of a vast musical catalog from these acts. Have a listen and see how mellow these musicians can really get.

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