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Posted — August 11, 2021
Craig Gowans, lead guitarist of Bleed From Within certainly has a way with heavy metal guitar. In this instalment of the riff playbooks series, Craig runs through this fantastic section from the song “A Depth That No One Dares” from their most recent LP Fracture. This short but sweet demonstration gives us a glimpse of both the infallible technique and writing ability of Gowans, cycling between picking and tapping in a handful of variations of this wonderfully constructed idea. It’s heavy but melodic, technical without being overly complicated, and in general looks and sounds like a lot of fun. Learning this section, and really anything from the Bleed From Within catalogue, is a sure fire way to up your metal guitar skills, and have a great time doing it. Grab the free tab for this section right here, and check out Bleed From Within’s “Fracture - The Complete Guitar Transcription” for more of Craigs unparalleled brand of modern metal song writing.