Well hopefully there are a few more Ultimate-Guitairsts to come, when people get them in to me ;-) But in the meantime, it's time for another resident moderator to get in on the act. Show your appreciation for Rob, aka Asomodai!
The track I have chosen has unfortunate legal complications. The track is called "Blackened Remains" and can be downloaded here. It's a song I co-wrote with a band called Irony of Christ that I was in for about 4 months.
This song is death/black/melodic all in one. It has it's highs, it's lows, it's cleans and downright shred-tastic moments. It was written in darkest Oxford when at a practice session with a band called Irony of Christ, where I was the lead guitarist at the time. I have chosen this track as I think it reflects the sort of music I would like to achieve. Heavy, melodic, powerful and technically brilliant songs. The song starts are with a generic In Flames like riff over Opeth barre chords. Then into a smaller generic thrash riff, and back into the first riff with vocals. Then goes into the middle section which is a series of reasonably complicated riffs following chromatic scales. After the folky section there's a clean bit using Opeth influenced chords with a hard to hear bass solo. This then goes straight into my guitar solo. Granted it could have been better, the perfomance was recorded about 2 weeks after completely writing the song and I hadn't really written a definate solo. But I just went through a Blues scale and Fast shredding up to the top of the fingerboard finished with chromatic sweep picking. Which then turns back into the Middle part, and then into a 5/4 generic thrash section. Straight back into the verse of the song. In total there are about 9 riffs which comprise the song.
The track was recorded at the Man on the Moon venue in Cambridge about midway through the tour. Unfortunatly 2 weeks after the tour I was dropped from the band for apparantly not being 'suited'. Which, to be honest, was a little bit harsh. In this band I felt I was in my element.
However I am in an indie rock band as a bassist, which has started to take off recently and after a short exchange of CDs, a Kerrang promotor loves the band and is putting us on a Kerrang Rock night in London ASAP. So watch out guys.
I am probably most famous in Ultimate-Guitar.Com for owning a 36 fret 80s shred guitar. And a 8 string bass (unpaired, which means actually separate strings not paired up like a 12 string acoustic). I am 19 years of age, come from Bristol, United Kingdom and I am a confessed guitar collector. I started playing in July 2000 - it was my 17th birthday and I had been pestering my parents to buy me a guitar and amp for about 12 months, considering I had always wanted to learn.
I chose a vintage Telecaster with a Honher Panther 20 watt amp. My uncle also bought me a Boss ME-30 multi effects pedal. From then on I started to collect, buy, sell various bits of gear. And I have learnt from it. I'm finally content with that I have got.
I take music technology at college and I am now in my second year. I get to do lots of different cool stuff with music, that I hope I can let all the R+R crew hear.
I joined Ultimate-Guitar.Com the same time I started playing guitar back in 2002. For some bizarre reason, I was chosen as a Moderator for the teeming Electric Guitar forum, where I have been probably the most prolific GOTW writer. I created the now defunct 'UGer of the week', and pushed for the 80's Rock, Shred & Progressive forum which I now moderate. I also help *Def* moderate Bass Guitar, and the Classifieds section of UG.
I have to say, I don't know much about theory at all. I never learnt the names of chords or scales. Or even know the notes of a fretboard very well. But I continually believe that anyone can pick up a guitar, no matter how stupid... I am living proof!
I have to thank, my best friend Roman (aka Streamline) for helping me build my custom guitar and offering me brilliant advice. I met him through UG and we have visited eachother on many occasions. And may they keep coming :D Thanks to Drummoando ;) for putting up with listening to my dross music and Beatallica_fan for actually listening to my suggestions.
- Vintage telecaster with Seymour Duncan hot rails in the bridge and a Roland GK1 midi system paired with a GR70 processor
- Indie Irj Dragon with Paul Stanley (of Kiss) signature bridge pickup
- Washburn EC-36, 36 fret shred guitar with Seymour duncan screamin demon
- Peavey predator 7 string with Dimarzio tone zone in the bridge and Air Norton in the neck
- Homemade Asocaster, With Washburn wonderbar bridge, Fender lace sensor pickups, Fender USA electronics, jack, tuners
- Galveston 8 string ((unpaired)) bass guitar
- Stagg mb350 4 string bass guitar.
- Laney Va50 All valve 1975 2x12
- Laney AOR-PRO TUBE LEAD, 50 watt valve head and 4x12 Ibanez cab
- Laney Dp150 4x10 bass head and cab
- Boss Me-30 multi
- Akai Shred o matic
- Boss Ns-2 noise supressor
- Boss bf-2 Flanger
- DOD Yngwie Malmsteen sig pedal
- Casio ctk630 keyboard
- A 150 watt Leem PA system with 2x15 cabs
Thanks to Rob for taking the time out from being sacked from his bands to write this article ;-) (Just kidding Robbo, love ya really!). If you want to see more of UG residents' music creations, just visit the Riffs & Recordings forums and join in!