On Monday, April 14, former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis and Cynfully Luscious (Cynthia Paulson) of Metal Nation Radio sat down to talk about Jeff's new project called CONQUERING DYSTOPIA, also featuring Portland, Oregon studio musician Keith Merrow. You can now listen to the chat using the PodOmatic widget below.
The self-titled debut album from CONQUERING DYSTOPIA was mixed at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER).
The recording lineup for "Conquering Dystopia" is completed by Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE) on bass and Alex Rudinger (THE FACELESS) on drums.
Said CONQUERING DYSTOPIA: "We feel that we have a very cool and unique band lineup, which will make for a memorable album for the listener."
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's YouTube 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.
The Age Of Metal spoke with Loomis and Merrow prior to CONQUERING DYSTOPIA's debut performance at this year's NAMM show in Anaheim, California. Check out the chat below.