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U.K. Rockers Xerath Cover Steve Vai's “Dirty Black Hole” — Video

U.K. rockers Xerath have covered a 1993 Steve Vai track, “Dirty Black Hole,” which first appeared on Vai’s Sex & Religion. Devin Townsend sang the original Vai version, by the way.

Speaking of Vai, he seems to like the Xerath version.

"Hi, folks. Steve Vai here," wrote the guitarist on his Facebook page last week. "My friend sent me this link of the band Xerath doing a version of 'Dirty Black Hole.' So cool to see this stuff. Thanks to the band."

Xerath released their latest album, III, in 2014. For more about the band, be sure to follow them on Facebook.


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.