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MERROW

Progressive Metal • United States


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MERROW stands for Keith MERROW, a studio musician from Portland, Oregon, USA. His first release was the self-produced EP Lonestar Transcend in May 2009, which is a compilation of songs first being released through videos on his YouTube page. In November 2009 came his first full-length album called The Arrival. The difference with the previous EP is that this has been composed from start to finish with the intention to be released to the public. His second album came in January 2011, entitled Awaken the Stone King, the first to be only available for a price, and features Jeff LOOMIS (ex-NEVERMORE) as a guest on a guitar solo. All his albums released to date are instrumental.

MERROW claims traditional metal roots and this is obvious through his sound, which blends technical progressive metal with groovy, obscure guitar lines in the vein of NEVERMORE.

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4.00 | 4 ratings
The Arrival
2009
4.04 | 6 ratings
Awaken the Stone King
2011

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4.25 | 4 ratings
Lonestar Transcend
2009
5.00 | 1 ratings
Retrospecial
2012

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4.04 | 6 ratings

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Awaken the Stone King
Merrow Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Awaken The Stone King' - Keith Merrow (7/10)

In the style of instrumental metal not unlike that of Animals As Leaders, Keith Merrow is a guitarist who has come out with two albums to date. His sophomore 'Awaken The Stone King' sees the guitarist making a heavy and technical blend of progressive metal that often ventures into the realm of djent, and as the music here indicates, Merrow has a promising future ahead of him.

'Awaken The Stone King' may initially be most notable to people for the fact that Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis plays a guitar solo on the album. However, this feels like a mere selling point rather than a real treat in the music, especially due to the fact that Keith Merrow is no wimp on the guitar himself. The music here is instrumental and viciously technical at times, although Merrow throws in some nice leads here and there for the sake of added melody. As far as the rhythms here go, Keith Merrow seems to be part of the now quite popular djent- or 'palm muted math metal'- sound, and his skill with this sort of music makes me wonder why I have not heard of him before.

As one might guess, this is a guitar album, and at no point does another instrument take over the listener's interest. Granted, there are sections here with some symphonic ambiance, but it feels like the other sounds here are only meant to back up the guitar work of Keith Merrow. Much like Tosin Abasi's Animals As Leaders, it is easy to appreciate a guitar album for what it is, but at the same time, the music does suffer a lack of well- roundedness, and those who aren't particularly engaged with lead rock guitar or djent may find themselves in unwelcome territory. Although the drum machine is dull and there is nothing notable about the barebones backing tracks of Merrow, he makes some excellent riffs here, particularly when he opts to get technical. I do find that the djent thing feels like it has been a few too many times before, but it works well to put Keith in with a crowd that may very well enjoy his music.

Most often, I do not like instrumental metal of this nature, and while I can appreciate it, it is rarely able to make me feel anything. 'Awaken The Stone King' doesn't deviate from that predetermined course, but the talent and skill here is undeniable, and there are sections here where the excellent musicianship is impossible to ignore. A promising album from this guitarist.

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