NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis will attend the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2009 fair in Frankfurt, Germany this week. His schedule is as follows:April 03 - Schecter Booth at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
April 04 - Schecter Booth at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
April 04 - Agora Stage at 5:00 p.m. (for Engl Amps) - performance with guitarists Victor Smolski (RAGE) and Vinnie Moore (UFO) The Musikmesse in Frankfurt am Main is the world's leading trade fair for musical-instruments, music software, computer hardware, sheet music and accessories and has been the most important meeting place for the musical-instrument industry for over 25 years. Musikmesse 2009 will be held from April 1 to April 4. For more information, click here. Loomis' solo album, "Zero Order Phase", was released on September 30 through Century Media Records. As a result of his invaluable contributions to NEVERMORE's trademark sound, Jeff Loomis has become one of modern metal's most recognizable guitarists and the source of many of the last decade's best riffs. Taking the classic techniques he learned from listening to legends like Jason Becker and Yngwie Malmsteen as a teen and applying his own ingenuity, he has managed to carve his own niche and create an instantly recognizable style. With the increased visibility, there had been a call by fans to record and release a solo album; an opportunity that has not presented itself with the busy schedule NEVERMORE has kept. Fortunately for those fans, the band had taken a well-deserved break, leaving Loomis time to hit the studio himself to record ten blazing, instrumental metal tracks. Robert Lang Studios played host to Loomis' first solo venture last year with producer Neil Kernon and drummer Mark Arrington joining the fray. Arrington had been with NEVERMORE in 1993-94 to play on half of the songs that ended up on the band's self-titled debut, and Kernon recorded the first three NEVERMORE albums. So while there was a sense of familiarity, the reunion was refreshing and this spirit carried over into the songs themselves. Also contributing to the album were Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER), who splits solos with Loomis on "Jato Unit", Pat O'Brien from CANNIBAL CORPSE on "Rage Against Disaster", celebrated jazz bassist and solo musician Michael Manring on "Cashmere Shiv", and Kernon himself playing a fretless guitar solo on the same track.