The Nine Best DFW Metal Guitarists
Ever since Mike Scaccia and Dimebag Darrell broke on through to the other side, many Dallas metal fans have been longing for someone to step into the limelight and accept the legendary guitarslingers' mantels and inspire a whole new generation of headbangers.
Drew Algo Who will take the mantle of the late, great Mike Scaccia?
Never fear true believers (hey, didn't someone else say that shit?), not only are Scaccia's and Dimebag's mantels being honored among the many talented acts of the DFW music scene, but several of these local guitarists are so goddamn good that one can almost feel the legendary guitarslingers' spirits jamming on stage as these Texas boys reaffirm the Lone Star State's dominance in the southern rock arena. So, in honor of our fallen heroes, here are just a few of the many who fucking rock this way.
Brandon Brewer - Waking Alice
Waking Alice is a band that draws both alternative and metal fans to its shows, which is due, in part, to this Fort Worth-based guitarist who dominates the stage when he plugs in his Paul Reed Smith. "I have several PRS guitars and a Les Paul Custom," Brewer explains, "but my special one is a 1994 Paul Reed Smith Artist 2." Les Paul, PRS, a piece of shit Global, it doesn't matter because when this guy's fingers dance across the frets, the spirits of the damned rollover to listen. Since picking up the guitar at the age of 14, Brewer has been harnessing influences such as King X and Coheed and Cambria into his powerful riffs. "I've worked to have a good picking technique and fast hands." He also grew up watching a lot of MTV and his Uncle John playing guitar. "Eventually, I started jamming with him and taking it seriously."
In 2010, Waking Alice released The Shaping, one of their strongest efforts to date.
Razz - World Beneath World
Old School metalheads rejoice. World Beneath World are not only bombarding fans with a soul-baring groove that echoes early influences like Black Sabbath, Corrosion of Conformity and Kyuss. Lead guitarist Razz has been channeling these godfathers of metal for more than three decades. "The first time I remember hearing that sound was while listening to 'Walk This Way' (by Aerosmith)," Razz says, "and then once I saw KISS and heard that sound, I knew I wanted to do that."
World Beneath World's latest offering Nien is available on iTunes.
Michael Huebner - HellGoat
HellGoat sparks images of a demon-possessed farm animal with flaming horns grazing in a field of fire. And listening to this band just reaffirms the horrid image as these Dallas-based artists ignite the stage with their own brand of black magic. Michael Huebner, who joined the band shortly after its formation in 2007, brings a slower, more melodic sound to the band's music. "I played in angry metal bands for years where I would call what I did 'classical madness," Huebner explains, yet some of that chaos still resonates through several of HellGoat's tunes: "Raisin' Hell," "The Tide" and "Whiskey Bender." Huebner has been playing guitar since he was 14, emulating his influences Randy Rhodes and Yngwie Malmsteen into his playing style. "I come from a family of music lovers," he says. "We're German. We play music and we drink beer, end of story."
Last year, HellGoat released The Tide, an album that still has us gasping for air.