guitarist Jeff Loomis
will join forces with the Portland, Oregon studio musician Keith Merrow
to record a new album.
and I] been talking about it for a while, and it just seems right. So we'll start writing some new music for that soon. I'm extremely motivated by the thought of this, and I know that the chemistry between the music... all ideas we have will make for a truly amazing album."Loomis
previously contributed a guest guitar solo to Keith
's second full-length instrumental album, "Awaken The Stone King"
, which came out in January 2011.
According to his official bio, Merrow
's extreme style of guitar playing is a unique blend of traditional metal with a dash of obscurity. In May 2009, he released a self-produced EP titled "Lonestar Transcend"
. The six-song instrumental effort was a compilation of songs that were first heard on Merrow
page, where he posted play-through videos of the songs. Just six months later, in November 2009 came "The Arrival"
, which marked Merrow
's first album that he wrote from start to finish.Loomis
and drummer Van Williams
announced their departure from NEVERMORE
in April 2011 due to personal differences with singer Warrel Dane
and bassist Jim Sheppard
. Their replacements have not yet been announced.