Jeff Loomis, former lead guitarist for progressive metal band Nevermore, recently recorded tracks for his much-anticipated solo record Plains of Oblivion at Seattle’s Fastback Studios. Produced by Aaron Smith, the 10-track recording is slated for an early April release by Century Media Records, and is already being hailed as some of Loomis’ best work to date.
Loomis has been joined by a number of additional metal heavyweights, including Chris Poland and Marty Friedman (Megadeth), guitar soloist Tony MacAlpine, and vocalist Christine Rhoades, among others, who contributed to several of the tracks on the record.
Jeff Loomis is widely known in the metal scene for his shredding on 7-string guitar. He has also designed his own signature axe, manufactured by Schecter: the Jeff Loomis C7 FR, equipped with EMG 707 pickups and Floyd Rose tremolo. Plains of Oblivion is the second solo effort by Loomis, and the first since his departure from Nevermore last year. The album is scheduled to drop on April 10 in the United States. Meanwhile, Loomis has recently announced new tour dates this spring with Protest the Hero, Periphery and The Safety Fire.
Fastback Studios has been in business for 10 years, and is a mentor studio for the Recording Connection Audio Institute in the Seattle area.