KROSIS: Bassist Brian Krahe Absolutely Slams Through This Playthrough Premiere Of “An Elegy For A Man Alive”

Attention all you tech-heads, do you like fast music and are in desperate need of a sexual release? Well good news, Raleigh progressive death metal lads KROSIS are back again to show us the shred with an exclusive playthrough of their track “An Elegy for a Man Alive,” taken off their latest release A Memoir of Free Will out now.


This bass playthrough features none other than Brian Krahe, a man who knows no boundaries when it comes to the “pick vs fingers” argument. The dude straight up said “fuck it, imma use both.” Personally, I think the approach and tone of using both techniques is rad as hell, and maximizes the possibilities. The track itself is an absolute rollercoaster of melody and technicality. The rhythmic passages are infectiously groovy, and it’s clear lots of big brain energy was summoned to create this stuff.

From Brian:

“An Elegy for a Man Alive is hands down the most technically demanding song on bass from A Memoir of Free Will and for some reason I set out to record it on top of a mountain with live audio. Its one thing to record in a comfortable studio, its quite another thing to pack your hiking backpack with audio equipment and record on the edge of a cliff. And for this playthrough what you see is what you hear. No audio editing to cover up mistakes. Its very common to pre-record audio for playthrough videos and mime the playing afterwards but I did not want to go that route this time. Luckily for me it is MUCH easier to pull this off these days with compact audio interfaces, laptops being so lightweight and utilizing virtual amps.”

Brian’s Gear List:
Laptop: 2015 MacBook Pro
USB Interface: Scarlet 2i2
Tone: Neural DSP Parallax
Headphones: Shure SE215
Pick: Dunlop .60mm
Camera: Panasonic Lumix GH5

Brian’s Bass Specs:
Model: ESP B-1005SE Multiscale
Pickups: Nordstrand Big Split 5 Pickups
Scale Length: 37″ to 34″ Multiscale
Hardware: Hipshot Solo Bridge & Gotoh Tuners
Body: Swamp Ash w/ Rosewood Top
Neck: Five-piece Wenge/Bubinga
Tuning: Drop E (E B E A D)

Brian proudly endorses ESP Guitars and Nordstrand Audio Pickups. As always, I recommend supporting the dudes and giving them a follow on their Instagram and Facebook.

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