STREAMING: Jeff Loomis “Surrender” (feat. Ihsahn)

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, March 12th, 2012


We’ve had Jeff Loomis’ Midwestern back ever since he first debuted with Nevermore on the group’s self-titled debut LP. Over the years, he has transformed into a wonder axeman (or Guitar Hero, if you want to use contemporary video game parlance), lining up with such greats as Marty Friedman, George Lynch, and Alexi Laiho.

Now that Loomis has exited Nevermore, a band he was with for almost two fucking decades, he’s free to roam the shred landscape that inspired him in the first place. Inspired by Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, and Yngwie Malmsteen, Loomis’ first stab at self-logoing an album–while still with Nevermore, natch–came in the form of Zero Order Phase. Applauded for its fiery guitar work and nods to the string gods that came before him, Loomis’ debut was, for all intents and purposes, a dream come true.

Of course, the follow-up to Zero Order Phase isn’t entirely a shred LP, something Loomis alluded to during interviews for Zero Order Phase. Plains of Oblivion features, uh, black metal anti-hero Ihsahn on vocals, ex-Soilwork/Scarve drummer Dirk Verbeuren, ex-Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, Tony MacAlpine, new Nevermore guitarist Attila Vörös, and Nevermore session vocalist Christine Rhoades. Oh, and Plains of Oblivion also features ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman.

“‘Surrender’ is finally making its way out there,” comments Loomis. “It’s impossible for me to say what my favorite track on this record is, it seems to change daily, but this one has definitely had its fair share of days. It was just a bit different for me, which ultimately lead to getting Ihsahn on board for it, which again, I can’t thank him enough for. I hope you guys enjoy it.”

** Jeff Loomis’ new album, Plains of Oblivion, is out April 10th, 2012 on Century Media Records. Nab a copy HERE or posit yourself between the frets of Loomis’ hammer-ons/pull-offs of doom. Sounds nasty, don’t it?

  • Mary Spiro

    Jeff Loomis is phenomenal but add Ihsahn to anything and it becomes amazing. He’s like a heavy metal flavor enhancer. 

  • A20p

    why cant i stream this shit ?!?!?!?!

  • Max_medlow

    Holy *insert every swear word ever here* :’D

  • Discuss

    great, now he’s gone and ruined it with vocals

    • Marwan

      dude, if u have no taste for extreme metal don’t load.!

  • Graham ☮ Simmons

    This is brilliant.

  • Lauri Unkila

    The streaming doesn’t work for me :(

  • Laith

    in the beginning of this article “Alexi Laiho” is mentioined in the same sentence as George lynch and Marty Friedman  which is slightly out of place cause (even though im a huge fan of pre-Blooddrunk children of bodom) Alexi wouldnt in a million years by on the same level as the mentioned guitarists not even Loomis 

    • Mirkop

      what the fuck are you on about?????!!!!!

  • Urban

    Vocals sound like Devin Townsend but worse. This is not extreme metal lol….i love jeff loomis playing but this just sucks….

  • TNBM

    The chorus reminds me of Enslaved.

  • Jose

    What do they mean by “black metal anti-hero”?, Ihsahn is a Black Metal Lengend!

  • Dani

    Amazing track, amazing guitar work and amazing Ihsahn. He truly transforms every track in a Genius work.

  • berto

    I’m glad metal is is still alive and well….. He’s the Beethoven of guitar!!!