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.