It's about time for another Pixies tribute thread. Got anything to say about the album? Do it here!
As for me, part of my inspiration for starting this thread was, having just recently (read: right now) listened to the album, I noticed how awesome some of the rhythm guitar parts would be to play. Unfortunately, the lead guitar parts are always at least equally as awesome, although usually about five times simpler than the rhythm parts. What does this mean? I dunno! Say, in the song Dead, there's an awesome scaling rhythm part that would be amazing to play, but the lead wails away on that (very, very simple) guitar line. Is HMX gonna make you play lead through the whole song? I have no idea. Looking to Wave of Mutilation as precedent, they charted the lead guitar solo in the song, although it seemed like the obvious choice for that song. In my opinion, I couldn't say whether I'd rather play these lead or rhythm guitar parts. They're both awesome, in almost all of the songs. I'd honestly feel bad missing out on either part for certain songs. Maybe the best approach is a mish-mash of the parts, with lead guitar being considered as the focus of the charting, unless there's an obvious need to switch to rhythm.
I guess we'll find out soon!