NARCOTIC WASTELAND: Trip Out on This Guitar Playthrough for “Faces of Meth”


Narcotic Wasteland are an extreme metal outfit and the full-time project of ex-Nile guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade. The band is currently preparing to release their next full-length album Delirium Tremens on October 13th, 2017. And in the spirit of the new music on the way, they’ve decided to release a brand-new guitar playthrough for the song “Faces of Meth” via Guitar World. The song is one of many bangers on their forthcoming record, so hold onto your hats.

Dallas gave a pretty in-depth talk about the crazy rhythm section of the song, as well as some of the gear he used on it. Check it below!

When writing this song, I was tapping into some of the musical ideas I had in the early Nineties. I have always loved the toxic tri-tone sound. So, years ago I figured out a way to play them using my index and middle, then kind of hammering on the next strings over with my middle and pinky. This is all over the two albums in one form or another, and it is something I have quite enjoyed experimenting with over the years.

The amp setup I used on this song and album is a Marshall JCM 900 100 Watt Master Volume MkIII. I have played through a few of these models over the years, but this one is different from the others. It just sounds more hateful than the others for some reason. In front of the amp, I use an MXR Overdrive, mostly for level boost, but use some or the drive in there too with the tone at one o’ clock for some added bite. On this song, guitar-wise, I used a B.C. Rich Ironbird 1, with Dawgtown prototype pickups. Out of all of the guitars I have, the cheapo Ironbird won the taste test on almost all of the songs with the D standard tuning.

To preorder Delirium Tremens, check out the link here. And to follow the band and all their endeavors, get at their Facebook and personal website. Dates to catch these dudes on tour can be found below. Select shows will also include Dreaming Dead and Extinction Level Event, so you won’t want to miss those.

10/21 – Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room
10/24 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
10/25 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
10/26 – OKC, OK @ Thunder Alley
10/27 – Wichita, KS @ The Elbow Room
10/28 – Gallup, NM @ Juggernaut Music
10/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar
10/30 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick (w/ Dreaming Dead)
10/31 – Anaheim, CA @ Doll Hut (w/ Dreaming Dead)
11/01 – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp (w/ Dreaming Dead)
11/03 – Bend, OR @ The Third Street Pub (w/ Dreaming Dead)
11/04 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven (w/ Dreaming Dead)
11/05 – Vancouver, BC @ Astoria (w/ Dreaming Dead)
11/07 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room (BRIXX)
11/08 – Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub
11/09 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Pyramid Cabaret
11/14 – Kansas City, Mo @ The Riot Rook
11/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Pourhouse
11/16 – Appleton, WI @ Gibson Hall
11/17 – Des Moines, ID @ Lefty’s Live Music
11/18 – Omaha, NE @ Dr. Jack’s Drinkery
11/22 – Akron, OH @ The Empire
11/23 – Toronto, On @ Rockpile
11/24 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
11/26 – Westland, MI @ The Token
11/27 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
11/28 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
11/29 – Quebec City, QC @ l’anti bar & spectacles
11/30 – Manchester, NH @ The Jewel (w/ Extinction Level Event)
12/01 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution Room (w/ Extinction Level Event)
12/02 – Queens, NY @ Blackthorn 51 (w/ Extinction Level Event)
12/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Extinction Level Event)
12/04 – Wallingford, Ct @ Cherry St. Station (w/ Extinction Level Event)
12/06 – Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse (w/ Extinction Level Event)
12/08 – Charleston, SC @ The Sparrow
12/09 – Orlando, FL @ Bombshells Tavern

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