In 2008, when it came time to pick my albums of the year, I kept coming back to Jeff Loomis’ Zero Order Phase. It wasn’t my top pick that year, because a lot of solid metal releases came out in 2008. But it did make my Top Ten. For an instrumental solo album from the guitarist of Nevermore to make it into my Top Ten, you know that shit had to be stellar. And it is.
Zero Order Phase was a lesson in guitar wonderment. The fact that there were no vocals made you pay attention to Loomis’ adroit playing, and it was a progressive metal album with riffs up the ass. Today, I read some very awesome news: Despite the recent release of Nevermore’s The Obsidian Conspiracy, which will be occupying Loomis for the next year at least, he’s working on Zero Order Phase’s follow-up.
In a recent interview picked up by Blabbermouth, Loomis says he intends on releasing a second solo offering, and probably a third. “I actually signed on for two more records and I’m working on the new one right now. There’s still no title yet but I’m working on the music and hoping for a mid-winter release next year.” Fucking A, dude. I can not wait to hear what Jeff’s cooked up for us this time.
The rest of the interview has the usual bullshit amateur interview questions and answers about the new disc, the writing process, and all that. You can read more from that interview here. But I wouldn’t recommend it.
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