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Bringing Heavy Music to MTB, pt. 2: Matt Harnett

16 Oct

Welcome back to “Bringing Heavy Music on MTB”! This column features new (and not so new) heavy bands/artists (Hardcore, Metal, etc.) that you should check out! This month’s artist is Matt Harnett, who is a metal guitarist from Knoxville, TN, USA.

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Brief History:

Matt began this project in mid-2012. He says he has always been a fan of both instrumental guitar (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai) music and progressive metal (Periphery, Dream Theater) and that he really tries to capture elements of both genres in his music — “As well as any other genre I happen to be influenced by any particular day”. However, for the most part, Matt’s music is progressive metal, with major atmospheric elements throughout all his tracks.


“Enigma” by Matt Harnett

Available for name your price at bandcamp.com.

What I like about his music:
I greatly enjoy that Matt uses clean/ambient guitar parts to add more depth to his music. The fact that it’s not just similar to standard “djent-y” ambient parts in the background — actually adding something to the forefront of the songs — is excellent. The song dynamics range from “balls to the wall” heavy riffage to slow melodic lead parts, all of which enhances the ebb and flow of each song. What’s great is that, since there’s no vocals, the lead guitar often takes the place of vocals in an interesting way.

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