Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ron Jarzombek Update


After the release of 2007's Blotted Science, a mix of the 12 tone cycle and pure brutality, Ron Jarzombek has not done much.  He play briefly on Obscura's Cosmogenesis album in 2009 and just gives lessons around his hometown, San Antonio TX.

He is one of my favorite guitarists.  His music is some of the most technical, absurd, and just generally awesome around.  If you haven't heard of spastic ink, you need to check out Ink Compatible.  Watchtower, his second band, was heavily influential of modern metal.  Bands, Metallica to Dream Theater to Atheist, took note of the awesome technical and heavy style that Jarzombek created. He even played 2nd guitar for Marty Friedman in 2007. It is a shame that he is not more popular, given his influence.

His upcoming projects are a new Blotted Science EP, and the long awaited 3 part instructional DVD series.
Blotted Science, as I have previously mentioned, is an instrumental metal 3 piece band.  The other players, Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and Hannes Grossman (Necrophagist/Obsura).   Charlie Zeleny (Behold... The Arctopus),  recorded the drums for the self titled.  They write in using the 12 tone method, which I think brings a new level of dissonant brutality.  I can't wait for another solid release.


Ron Jarzombek is guitar teacher, by profession, so it is obvious that he would release a instructional DVD.
What sold me was that it was in 3 parts, one DVD dealing with rhythm, one for harmony, and one of the 12 tone cycle.  I really would like to watch him explain harmony and rhythm from his unique context.   I am no too interested in the 12 tone one, but might still pick it up.


Hopefully, in time, he could get with guys like Gordian Knot and release another solid fusion/metal recording or something like that.  You can only hope...

In the mean time, enjoy the upcoming Blotted Science EP, The Animation of Entomology.

http://www.ronjarzombek.com/rjnews.html

37 comments:

  1. Being a drummer and having the attention span of a small child i struggled to concentrate on anything other than drums. But the sweet guitar melodies came crying in and i was hooked.

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  2. Never heard of him....but now I have. Thanks!

    I do like his 12 tone stuff. That sounds sick.

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  3. never heard this guy jam before, but as a guitarist i can definitely respect his style!

    sweet blog man! i wanted to dedicate one to music but i'm so busy with my android blog!

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  4. good stuff man, interesting post.

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  5. very cool, i liked the first video the best

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  6. I enjoyed your blog, will come back.

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  7. DUDE that guy is pro, followed please do the same :)

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  8. Would be quite an experience to get lessons from him. Bet you wished that you lived in his hometown where he was doing them, lol.

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  9. Yet another great looking guitar, and now a great guitarist
    Nice man

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  10. That second youtube song kicks ass!

    I don't know much about guitars but this is pretty interesting. Maybe I'll try to learn to play!

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  11. I think I should play the guitar... cool blog.

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  12. Even his tutorials are insane. What the hell.

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  13. never heard of him before. he's great

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  14. cool stuff! keep it up!

    http://all-around-toto.blogspot.com/

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  15. Hey, I can get into this music too, haha :)


    I happen to love the 70's music. I just, sadly, wasn't around back then....

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  16. seriously badass song right there. looking forward to your next post. (;

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  17. After listening to some of this, I felt really really bad for not knowing who this is. I'll look way into him when the weekend is over and I'm not dead.

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  18. Kick ass vids, wish I had the talent to do the same.

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  19. I like this! I want to hear more

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  20. That's really interesting. I always like the theory behind music like that.

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  21. They got some good advice in those videos. I used to have an electric guitar and bass, a long time ago. Can only remember how to play longview by greenday. Easy stuff XD

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  22. We need some fresh blog posts, please!

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