5 Favorite Guest Guitar Solos by Sylencer's Markus Johansson
Sylencer's debut album features killer guest performances by Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, The Damned Things), Brendon Small (Dethklok), Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death), Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), Gene Hoglan (Testament), and a ton of others.
Since Johansson is an expert on whole thing, Noisecreep asked him for his five favorite guest guitar performances from throughout the years. Oh yeah, you can stream the entire Sylencer album at the bottom of the post. Don't say we don't love you!
Alice Cooper, "Feed My Frankenstein" (featuring Steve Vai and Joe Satriani)
The year is 1992. Metallica's 1991 self-titled album and Megadeth's Countdown to Extinction were my gateway to more aggressive guitar playing as a youngster, with lead guitarists Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine, and Kirk Hammett leading the path of my shred-filled interests. This same year my horizons were broadened when pop culture intervened via the movie Wayne's World. It is at this point that I hope some of you are starting to nod your heads and see where I'm going with this. Alice Cooper's "Feed My Frankenstein" is featured in the movie (and also appeared on the soundtrack which I would eventually own), and that track features two guest guitarists by the names of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Talk about a two-for-one special! This song brought both of these players to my radar, and broadened my 'shred' horizons as a result. The song may not be the biggest shred fest in history, but their solos still rip, especially as the song progresses to its finish. It's heavy, it's melodic... it's Alice Cooper. When it comes to Vai and Satch, the phrase "We're not worthy" definitely still applies.
Arch Enemy, "Taking Back My Soul" (Featuring Gus G)
When you have a band that features the immensely talented Amott brothers (Mike and Chris) sharing lead guitar duties, who do you call when you want someone else to shred on a track and standout? You do what Ozzy Osbourne eventually did. Call Firewind guitarist, Gus G. His guest solo manages to do what all great guest solos should -- sound like a natural addition to the song, despite the guitarists tonal or stylistic differences. This is hands down my favorite Arch Enemy tune, and why not? Who doesn't like opening an album booklet and seeing solos by Michael Amott, Gus G, Christopher Amott?' Amazing fretwork.
Anthrax, "Inside Out" (Featuring Dimebag Darrell)
This solo has it all: A haunting introduction, beautiful harmonization, a memorable melody, and the flawlessly shredded execution that Dime brought to all of his leads. And what's more, he showcases all of this in 30 seconds. Masterful.
At the Gates, "Cold" (Featuring Andy LaRocque)
I was going to pick any number of Andy LaRocque's solos from Death's Individual Thought Patterns album, but I figured as he played on the entire record, it doesn't really constitute a "guest appearance." It's okay though, because this still leaves us with Andy's guest track with
At the Gates! My personal favorite moment is when he 'flutters' the tremolo bar, but really, the whole piece is inspiring...epic...amazing...pick the adjective of your choice. Some people may think that it's the King Diamond storytelling that makes Andy's playing "haunting" on King Diamond albums, but I think this guest appearance proves that it's the other way around. If you took the guitar harmonies away, the solo would be much more straightforward sounding, and not nearly have the same impact. Andy creates his own atmosphere, which is something that sets his playing apart from so many others.
Nevermore, "The Holocaust of Thought" (Featuring James Murphy)
Even though this instrumental is but a brief moment on Nevermore's This Godless Endeavor album, James Murphy makes it a memorable one. He manages to create a solo that stands just fine on it's own, even on an album where Jeff Loomis and Steve Smyth are already relentlessly melting your face. I love the harmony work he does, and how dynamically he plays over what could very easily have been a filler piece, just segueing into the next track. This solo really ties the room together, as even the shreddiest parts still maintain a melodic edge.
Pick up your copy of A Lethal Dose of Truth on Sylencer's Bandcamp page.
The complete debut album lineup to Sylencer's A Lethal Dose Of Truth is as follows:
Markus Johansson – Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar
Johnny Rox – Bass Guitar
Kevin Talley – Drums
Michael Angelo Batio – Lead Guitar (MAB, Nitro)
Rob Caggiano – Lead Guitar (Anthrax, The Damned Things)
Metal Mike Chlasciak – Lead Guitar (Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach)
Steve DiGiorgio – Bass Guitar (Sadus, Death, Testament, Iced Earth)
Roland Grapow – Lead Guitar (Helloween, Masterplan)
The Heathen – Vocals (Zimmers Hole)
Gene Hoglan – Drums (Dethklok, Testament, Strapping Young Lad, Death)
Andy LaRocque – Lead Guitar (King Diamond, Death)
Christian Lasegue – Lead Guitar (Jag Panzer)
Marco Minnemann – Drums (Necrophagist, Paul Gilbert, Kreator)
Sean Reinert – Drums (Cynic, Death)
Jordan Rudess – Keyboards (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment)
Brendon Small – Lead Guitar (Dethklok)
Steve Smyth – Lead Guitar (Forbidden, Testament, Nevermore)
Larry Tarnowski – Lead Guitar (Iced Earth)
Emil Werstler – Lead Guitar (Daath, Chimaira, Levi/Werstler)