NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis is currently recording his solo album at the famous Robert Lang Studios in Richmond Beach, Washington with Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE). They have been in the studio since March 22 and have completed the drum tracks with Mark Arrington (ex-NEVERMORE). The ambitious offering is an all-instrumental effort and is destined to shed some much deserved spotlight on the genre's most notable, yet unsung, guitar player.
Commented Loomis: "Mark completed the drums for 10 tracks in about three and a half days. He did some incredible drum work that I know will bring this record to a higher level than I expected.
"Mark and I worked before back in 1993-94 when he played half the songs on our [NEVERMORE's] debut CD.
"Being able to do this entire recording with Neil is really amazing as well. We've done some great work in the past, but being able to focus on an entire instrumental record is going to be great.
"Rhythm guitars will be tracked next."
Video footage of Jeff Loomis shredding it up last month at the Schecter booth at the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2008 fair in Frankfurt, Germany can be viewed below (courtesy of "MaryJana666").
NEVERMORE is currently working on material for the follow-up to 2005's "This Godless Endeavor", tentatively late 2008/early 2009 via Century Media Records.
NEVERMORE last year parted ways with guitarist Steve Smyth due to "personal and business differences."
During Smyth's time away from the touring circuit (Smyth was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure in 2006 and hadn't toured with the band in over a year), NEVERMORE had been utilizing the services of longtime session guitarist Chris Broderick (JAG PANZER, now in MEGADETH).
NEVERMORE vocalist Warrel Dane will release his solo debut, "Praises to the War Machine", in North America on May 13 (April 28 in Europe) via Century Media Records.