Symphinity Release “Singularity,” Featuring Late All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert
Remember that metal cover of the Eurythmics’ “Here Comes the Rain Again” featuring late All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert that Oli’s widow, Elizabeth, said you weren’t supposed to hear? That cover was born from a larger collaboration with producer Benny Goodman, who, together with his brother Brian, had been working on a full-fledged project with Oli before his untimely passing. That project, Symphinity, will now see the light of day.
“Singularity” is the debut single from Symphinity, and anyone who appreciates Oli’s guitar skills will be very, very happy hearing it. The instrumental track is equal parts neo-classical, modern metal and vintage shred, like the best parts of a Steve Vai tune without all the wank rolled up into modern production. Oli’s imprints are all over this thing, answering the age old question, “What would Oli sound like outside of All That Remains?” The guy was an immeasurably skilled guitarist, and now he’ll be getting his due. Here’s what Oli offered about the project prior to his passing:
“With All That Remains, I’m doing about 16 bar solos on every song, so I have a very, kind of, modest amount of time to say what I need to say. With this, [Benny]’s like ‘Hey man, I want you to play over like 64 bars,’ Oh, man. So I have to really think differently about my structure and approach. It’s been cool, you know? It’s kind of like more is more, and it lets me really get that side out of me… I’m pleased to be a part of it.”
Symphinity will also feature guest appearances from Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Sons of Apollo, Guns N’ Roses), Satchel (Steel Panther), and Angel Vivaldi, among others. In other words: it’s sure to be quite the dramatic guitar record. An exact release date for the set is still TBA, but will purportedly happen this summer.