“Karl Sanders taught me there are way more notes you can play during a solo than notes you can’t”: Meet Belushi Speed Ball, the ‘pizza thrash’ band chasing greasy guitar tones and making a pineapple-friendly racket on rare ‘90s Jacksons

Belushi Speed Ball
(Image credit: Vincent Bruce)

Don’t let Belushi Speed Ball’s ‘pizza thrash’ shtick trick you: They care deeply about the art of heavy metal guitars. They’re just not bogged down by the seriousness of the genre.

“Being onstage is so much better when everyone is having fun,” says guitarist Jamison Land, who, until 2022, had been the bassist in GWAR. “When everyone takes themselves too seriously, it kills the spontaneity and egos get carried away.”

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.