Haunted Shores - Hellfire (Mark Holcomb Guitar Playthrough)

The official guitar playthrough for 'Hellfire' by Haunted Shores, performed by Mark Holcomb. Pre-save the new album 'Void' at https://lnk.to/hs-void

This was the very first thing I wrote when the pandemic hit in early 2020. I knew I wanted to do another Haunted Shores record, and the overall ugliness of this one kind of set the tone for the rest of the songs. I had just upgraded my recording setup at home, which allowed me to focus more on composing riffs and sections piece by piece into a DAW, rather than just noodling, writing a riff, then recording it on my phone and bringing it to the band, which is a process I had relied upon up until that point. This new workflow, along with trying to improve at programming drums and bass, and a tuning that was super inspiring for me (drop G on a 6-string, or "Reptile" tuning), really lit the fire for this song and much of the record. I wanted these songs to be a bit of a nod to 90's black metal and 80's thrash, two styles of music that pre-date my love for progressive metal. This was the first one written in that spirit. Our idea to begin the record with forest ambience and a lo-fi band playing sloppily is a direct reference to Ulver's "Nattens Madrigal", which as legend has it, was recorded on a 4-track in the woods. Who knows if that's true or not? It's almost funnier if it was complete bullshit.

Filmed and edited by Vanessa Ochotorena

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Mark Holcomb uses PRS Guitars, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Fractal Audio Systems, GetGood Drums, D'Addario Strings, Horizon Strings, Dunlop Picks, and Tonewood Amps.
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