VOODOO TERROR TRIBE – “Cell” (Featuring Cristian Machado of ILL NIÑO) Exclusive Guitar Playthrough

Voodoo Terror Tribe has a new album coming out, entitled The Sun Shining Coldon November 11th. In this playthrough, guitarist Emir Erkal shreds his LTD into oblivion for their song “Cell” from the disc, which you can pre-order here.


Guitarist Emir Erkal states, “‘Cell’ is a song we’ve been kicking around for a while; a brainchild of our bassist Primer. It wasn’t until entering the studio with our producer Cristian Machado that the song finally fleshed out into the monster it became: a guttural/melodic/schizophrenic exchange of words between an insane girl and what are either her captors, or simply the demons in her head. And an analogy of the fact that working with the Machado-nado drove us *bleeping* bat-shit crazy.”

“This guitar that I used in this video (which I also used on some of the recording of this new album and also on stage most of the recent tour), is very special to me. I guess, like every old school metal head I’m a big Slayer fan as well, and this is a limited edition LTD Slayer ‘Reign in Blood 25th Anniversary’ Guitar by ESP, where the body is splattered with a reproduction of Larry Carroll’s artwork from the cover of the controversial and influential thrash metal album “Reign in Blood” released in 1986. The headstock has a special LTD logo in the famous Slayer typeface, next to the words “Reign in Blood 25”. Pentagram inlays are set in the lower half of the fingerboard, with the Slayer logo inlaid near the 12th fret, with the Xtra thin U neck contour, ebony fingerboard with 24 extra jumbo frets, and the fierce EMG-81/85 active humbucker pick up combo. Black hardware and Slayer/Stars inlays add to the extreme vibe. It’s an axe that’s sure to set ears bleeding… And I have some beautiful DR Neon Green Strings on it to complete the great sound…”Cristian Machado adds, “‘Cell’ is a metal maze, you know what you’re in for when you’re inside but you won’t figure out any of the turns upon first observation. Each part in the arrangement truly speaks on its own. The song as a whole is anthemic, the riffs are crushing, the lyrics are romantically obscene, and the stench of old school metal vibe is everywhere.

I remember experimenting endlessly with the chord progression for the chorus. It is not easy adding unforced melody into such a metallic composition but, if you’re not pushing walls you’re a prisoner to them and I am so grateful to work with bands that truly want their own spin. VTT & “Cell”, I love this song, I love this album, it’s unlike anything out there.”

Produced by Cristian Machado, The Sun Shining Cold was recorded at Sound Wars Studios in Hoboken, NJ and mixed at Fuel Music Studios in Anaheim, CA. Stay tuned for more coming soon from VOODOO TERROR TRIBE leading up to the release of The Sun Shining Cold.

VOODOO TERROR TRIBE has performances scheduled on the east coast this fall, including a performance at Hollowfest 2016 in Newark, DE. See below for all currently scheduled performance dates.

10/22 – Newark, DE @ Halftime Sports and Music Venue – Hollowfest 2016
10/28 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz – w/ Genitorturers

Over the years, alternative hard rockers VOODOO TERROR TRIBE have made a name for themselves as a mainstay in the New York tri-state area and beyond. Their intense performances and diverse discography, which includes three EP’s and two full-lengths released between 2005 and 2014 (including 2009’s Symptoms of Sin recorded with Billy Graziadei [Biohazard, Suicide City]), have solidified the band as a premier talent amidst a sea of contemporaries.

Formed by Emir Erkal on guitars (an Istanbul, Turkey native who moved to USA in order to take his musical career to the next level) and longtime friend T-Bone on drums, the duo later brought in Primer on bass and topped off their alt-metal sound with the masterfully vocalized emotional poetry by vocalist Gil PZ.

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