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Sevenstring.org Song Of The Month June 2009 - Keith Merrow's "Andromeda"
Published by DDDorian
07-15-2009
Sevenstring.org Song Of The Month June 2009 - Keith Merrow's "Andromeda"

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<strong>Sevenstring.org Song Of The Month: June 2009 - Keith Merrow's "Andromeda"</strong>
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<b>Keith "DIOBOLIC5150" Merrow's "Andromeda"
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Listen: (SoundClick - Youtube)</b>

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<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;"> Name/age/location: </span>

Keith Merrow/29/Portland, Oregon

<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">Who are your biggest musical influences?</span>

I gather inspiration from all kinds of things, not just music. I find inspiration in artwork, movie scores, documentaries on the Discovery Channel (lol), and of course- amazing musicians. If it's a little out of the ordinary, I will most likely enjoy it. As far as metal bands go- just as long as it's heavy and technical I will listen to it. Some guitar players that have influenced me are, Toni Iommi (the reason I picked up a guitar), Andreas Kisser, Randy Rhoads, Kirk Windstien, Jeff Loomis, Dime, Dino C, Robb Flynn, Fredrik Thordendal, Paul Ortiz, Misha Mansoor, Scott Ian, Ron Jarzombek (yes!)… guys like that.

<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;"> For those who haven't yet heard your song, describe "Andromeda" in seven words or less:</span>

Confusing, fun, energetic, heavy, nerve wracking, br00talz?

<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">What was the writing process like for "Andromeda"?</span>

My writing process is always the same for every song. Once a week, I lock myself in my home studio with a pot of coffee and try to challenge myself, musically. I wrote and recorded “Andromeda” one day after being “stuck in a rut” for a while.

<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">Did the song turn out as you'd envisioned it?</span>

I think so. I’m definitely my own worst critic. I didn’t think the song was anything remarkable, but the feedback I’ve received on it makes me think that it turned out okay.

<img style="padding:20px;" align="right" src="http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/7388/lonestarcopy.jpg" alt="Keith Merrow"/>
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">What gear was used for the recording of "Andromeda"?</span>

My DAW- 3ghz quad core PC with 6gb ram, dual 22" monitors
M-Audio Fast Track Pro Interface
M-Audio BX8a near field monitors
KRK Rokit 10s subwoofer monitor
M-audio Oxygen 49 midi keyboard
Line 6 PODxt live

Guitars Used-
Agile Interceptor 7-string with DiMarzio Blaze's
Agile Septor 7-string with EMG 707 pickups
5 String Cort bass

Software Used-
Audition 3.0
FL Studio 8 with Drumagog plugin for drums. Custom made drum samples.
Waves Mercury

<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">Where should people go if they want to contact you or hear more of your music?</span>

Keith Merrow's "Lonestar Transcend" EP (free download)
Keith Merrow on Youtube
Keith Merrow on MySpace
Keith Merrow on SoundClick






Each Song Of The Month winner will receive a prize pack courtesy of our pals at Prosthetic Records, home of bands such as All That Remains, Gojira, Beneath The Massacre, Neuraxis, Testament and our very own Animals As Leaders and Scale The Summit!


If you'd like to have your say in choosing next month's Song Of The Month, click here and nominate and/or vote for the ss.org member's song of your choice. Be sure to follow all rules/guidelines (found here) to ensure a smooth and hassle-free voting period. Rock on!
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  #1  
By cycloptopus on 07-15-2009, 01:22 PM
Congratulations, Keith! Well deserved.
  #2  
By 7StringofAblicK on 07-15-2009, 01:25 PM
Hell yeah, Keith! I knew your shit would be recognized - I love getting one of your songs when I'm listening to the iPod on shuffle
  #3  
By Rick on 07-15-2009, 02:11 PM
1st of many.
  #4  
By hufschmid on 07-15-2009, 02:13 PM
Hell yeah I know that I already mentioned this before but I love to repeat myself.... so ..... Keith "DIOBOLIC5150" I'm your number 1 fan
  #5  
By MFB on 07-15-2009, 02:37 PM


Nice Keith, you deserve this mang
  #6  
By DIOBOLIC5150 on 07-15-2009, 11:21 PM
Thank you for the support guys!
  #7  
By Cancer on 07-15-2009, 11:31 PM
This song, and rest of the cd that you gave away, is currently on infinite repeat in my car. For me, that's alot. Keep up the good work Keith.
  #8  
By -K4G- on 07-16-2009, 01:04 AM
AWESOME!
Congrats man! You deserve it.
  #9  
By alex103188 on 07-17-2009, 05:55 AM
Sick! One of the only good things coming from portland right now!
  #10  
By ralphy1976 on 07-17-2009, 05:57 AM
awesome man!! i knew i had "discovered" someone awesome!!

Top work!!1 let us know when you release more stuff

Ralphy
  #11  
By snuif09 on 07-17-2009, 01:36 PM
i love your style dude, rock on.
  #12  
By DIOBOLIC5150 on 07-18-2009, 11:50 AM
Thanks! I'm currently recording the first couple songs of my next album. I'll keep you posted!
  #13  
By op1e on 07-18-2009, 03:40 PM
Good job, Keith. I've been rockin yer album on my Instinct and at practice for weeks. Me and the rythm guitarist from my band have decided to look at rythms in a different way thanks to you. I'm amazed at the great tone you get going direct with an XT Live.
  #14  
By DIOBOLIC5150 on 07-20-2009, 09:07 PM
In case anyone is wondering what the prize was for winning Song of the Month...

I just got this package from Prosthetic Records- An signed copy of Gojira's "The Way of All Flesh" and a Scale The Summit poster.

That's awesome huh?! Thanks Sevenstring.org, Prosthetic and the peeps who voted for my song .

  #15  
By Riker on 07-20-2009, 09:41 PM
Thats pretty cool mo def 'netly.
  #16  
By nbarts on 08-06-2009, 12:21 AM
Amazing!
  #17  
By meisterjager on 08-12-2009, 12:24 PM
Only just seen this - thoroughly agree! Amazing stuff!
  #18  
By george galatis on 09-25-2009, 08:00 AM
good job dude! i like your riffs and the good sound
  #19  
By ralphy1976 on 09-25-2009, 08:09 AM
pretty cool. i have discovered Gojira thanks to you after you mentioned it in one of your thread..so since you like them you must be pretty chuffed to get this!!

worth mentioning that Prothetic records rocks for getting this...but no talks of a record deal?!!!
  #20  
By DIOBOLIC5150 on 09-25-2009, 12:10 PM
Thanks!

Ralphy- The person who setup the prize was just a Public Relations person for the label. There was no talk of anything like that.
  #21  
By InCasinoOut on 09-25-2009, 07:35 PM
Awesome dude! You totally deserve it. In fact, your whole EP does!

I have it on constant rotation on my itunes, which is probably why I can tab your songs real fast since I'm beginning to memorize all the nuances. lol.
  #22  
By Knuxus on 02-05-2010, 06:53 AM
Keith, after hearing your music i considered buying a seven string more than ever, now i have it, and im learning your stuff, you are a true inspiration to me. Thanks to you i joined this seven string family
  #23  
By DIOBOLIC5150 on 02-05-2010, 09:07 AM
@ Knuxus- That is a pretty amazing thing to hear! Thank you!
  #24  
By Knuxus on 02-06-2010, 05:54 AM
nope, thank YOU keith,
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