“It’s Not Metal”: Lee McKinney Bends Minds with His New Instrumental Solo Album, 'Infinite Mind'

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Diehard Born of Osiris fans may be surprised by guitarist Lee McKinney’s debut solo album Infinite Mind. While his band is best known for its scathing, unrelenting metalcore, McKinney’s record is more fueled by bittersweet reflection than visceral aggression.

“It’s a bunch of heavy moments mixed with soft parts, but it’s not metal,” McKinney says. “I wasn’t trying to make the songs intense by using tons of distortion. I just wanted to generate particular emotions in the listener — everything from melancholy to joy to pure excitement.”

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Jon Wiederhorn

Jon is an author, journalist, and podcaster who recently wrote and hosted the first 12-episode season of the acclaimed Backstaged: The Devil in Metal, an exclusive from Diversion Podcasts/iHeart. He is also the primary author of the popular Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and the sole author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends. In addition, he co-wrote I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax (with Scott Ian), Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen (with Al Jourgensen), and My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory (with Roger Miret). Wiederhorn has worked on staff as an associate editor for Rolling Stone, Executive Editor of Guitar Magazine, and senior writer for MTV News. His work has also appeared in Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo.com, Revolver, Inked, Loudwire.com and other publications and websites.