Having all this time to work on creative stuff has led me to make a second music video for my band The Fulcrum. I wasn’t planning on it, but I had such a good time making the other one I figured I’d see what I could do.

We were fresh out of live footage, since we used it all on the first video, but there is some excellent stock footage out there that enabled me to tell some semblance of a story. Thanks to whomever uploads stock footage for people like me to get creative with. You’re awesome.

Like much of the world, I’ve been inside a lot the past few weeks. I can’t be too upset about it though. I’ve been working consistently on new music and whatever else seems like a good thing to learn. Included in that, is my first music video. Since I had the time, I decided to sit down with iMovie and try to create something cool to put out before my band, The Fulcrum, released our EP.

With only amateur live clips, some photographs, and stock footage, I was able to put something together that I think is pretty cool. Considering I’ve never done anything like this before, I’m proud of how it came out.

You can watch the video below and check out The Fulcrum – Light Peeking In on all digital platforms!

It’s been a bit since I’ve released any recorded music — though The Fulcrum is currently working on a new EP and there is plenty more coming soon.

Last spring, I recorded a short guitar intro for a single/music video my friend Rev Love was working on. I didn’t get to hear much of it and wasn’t sure what the video concept was, just that it was being shot in New Orleans.

Well the video was released yesterday and I have to say, like the rest of her videos, she did an awesome job. The song is beautiful as well.

Just to be clear, I’m not in the video, but my guitar playing is — for the first 1:20 intro segment.

Check it out!

The final installment of Meddling with Metal Tones is now live on the Sam Ash Spotlight Blog!

If you’re taken aback by some of the incredible playing you find in Prog Metal, including that of Dream Theater, Animals as Leaders, and Periphery, you’ll want to check this out. The guitar playing in these bands (not to mention all the other instruments) is so well thought-out and complex, it should be no surprise the gear is too.

Click Misha’s mean mug below to read it.

Part 3 of my 4 part series on achieving the tone of prominent metal bands is out now on the Sam Ash Spotlight Blog. It’s focused on Nu-Metal and Alternative Metal, and features the gear of The Deftones, Korn, and Slipknot.

If you think this is going to be a lot of seven-string guitars tuned-down…you’re right. But the intricacy of the instruments these guys use and the differences in amps/effects goes pretty deep. It took a lot of time to try and get it fully accurate. They all have long careers and have switched up their equipment here and there. But I enjoyed writing it and I hope you enjoy reading it.

Click on Stephen Carpenter, dowsed in purple light, to check it out!