Ripped To Shreds guitarist Andrew Lee’s instrumental solo album, Heavy Metal Shrapnel, is nearing its December 10 release through Nameless Grave Records. The album features guest contributions from members of Zealotry, Chtheilist, First Fragment, and Bodies Lay Broken.
Watch the guitar playthrough video for album closer “A Better Tomorrow” below:
Heavy Metal Shrapnel was born out of a desire to see gated drums and sleazy riffing return to the forefront of guitar-oriented instrumental music.
Lee’s unique fusion and neoclassical influenced soloing skills in the grimy death metal world garnered interest from a multitude of other bands, resulting in guest features on records by Mark Riddick, Fluids/Pharmacist, Dipygus, and more. Heavy Metal Shrapnel sees Lee perform all guitars, bass, and synth programming, while the album’s drums were handled by fellow guitar shred maniac Alex Zalatan (Zealotry).
The record also showcases solos by shred-hounds Hagamoto (Bodies Lay Broken) on “Heavy Metal Shrapnel,” Antoine Daigneault (Chtheilist) on “Deliverator,” and Phil Tougas (Chtheilist, First Fragment) on “Maybe.” Recorded on hot pink guitars, Heavy Metal Shrapnel delivers epic Tony MacAlpine-esque melodies floating over glammed up ‘80s riffs that are equally Dokken and Liege Lord, with a solid rhythm bedrock provided by Zalatan that is both deft and powerful, as well as a synth-driven power ballad.
On the release of his playthrough video, Lee states:
“‘A Better Tomorrow’ is balls-out, akimbo guns-blazing, shades-toting shredding guitar that simultaneously evokes classic Megaman chiptunes and the effortless cool that John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow film series exudes. I composed it as a triumphant closer to the album to leave the listener on a high note.”
Pre-order Heavy Metal Shrapnel here.