New Noise Magazine is hosting the premiere of a playthrough video for “A Better Tomorrow,” a track from Ripped To Shreds guitarist ANDREW LEE’s instrumental solo shred album, Heavy Metal Shrapnel. Nearing December release through Nameless Grave Records, the album features guest contributions from members of Zealotry, Chtheilist, First Fragment, And Bodies Lay Broken.
ANDREW LEE‘s 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 ANDREW LEE performing 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 shredhounds 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.
Heavy Metal Shrapnel was mixed by ANDREW LEE at his home studio, W Dungeon, mastering was handled by Damian Herring at Subterranean Watchtower (Ripped To Shreds, Horrendous, Horrified), and the cover art was drawn by Velio Josto (Vulture, Riot V, Toledo Steel).
LEE writes, “‘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.”