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Lewis De Jong of Alien Weaponry: What's on My Playlist

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1 “This Fire", Killswitch Engage

"It combines really heavy, thrashy riffs with a melodic chorus. I like that it’s got so many diverse things going on in it."  

2 “Grace”, Lamb of God

"It has a really beautiful melodic intro, and then it just smashes into this really heavy 'fuck shit up' riff. I just love Mark Morton’s guitar playing; he is a genius." 

3 “Frisk Me Down”, Katchafire

"I’ve always liked reggae in a minor key, and every single instrument in this song complements the others so well. And they are New Zealanders and Maori, like me, so there is a strong connection between us." 

4 “The Living Dead”, Shihad

"I love the opening riff, and how well the drums work in that song. And they are another iconic Kiwi band." 

5 “Lenny”, Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Stevie Ray Vaughan is the reason I started playing guitar when I was 3 years old. It’s such a good instrumental piece, with so much emotion in it. It’s a really peaceful song." 

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.