Goddamnit, There’s Now a 10-String Guitar Band (and They’re Awesome)

You know, usually if there were a new band featuring Mike DiSalvo from Cryptopsy and Will Smith from Artificial Brain I’d just be stoked on the music. But the band is partially earning notoriety because they utilize 10, yes 10-string guitars. And they use them well! Like, every string is played repeatedly, and the high ones as often as the low ones.

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So maybe I shouldn’t even bring up the extra extended-range guitars (by Agile) in the first place? Am I just fanning the flames? Yeah, maybe, but I figure someone is going to point them out so I may as well just turn into the skid.

The good news though: this is about it. We really can’t tune any lower and make notes of any musical use. Sure you may find 20 strings on a Warr Guitar or Chapman Stick but those are just redundant sets for two-handed tapping. So really it’s good news all around because DiSalvo and Smith’s band, who are named Coma Cluster Void by the way (no relation to Candiria), are pretty damn good. And the extended-range manifest destiny has been fully realized. Win/win.

Some of the band’s early recordings are embedded below for you. To follow Coma Cluster Void you can head to the band’s Facebook page. The only weird thing: DiSalvo and Smith are credited as vocalists on that page, but I don’t hear any vocals on these tracks. Oh well, I’m sure these details will come to light eventually.

Source: Metal Sucks

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.