Exclusive: Janus — "Lifeless" Video Lesson

In the exclusive video below, Janus guitarist Mike Tyranski shows you how to play “Lifeless,” a song off the band's new album, Nox Aeris, which was released March 27 via REALID Records.

The album's title, which is Latin for “night air,” is rooted in the 14th century, when a third of Europe's population died of the plague. People believed going outdoors at night would cause them to succumb to the Black Death.

When writing Nox Aeris, Janus thought this was an apt metaphor for their own journey, preconceived notions of their own being flipped around as they became a bigger, more established band since the release of 2009's Red Right Return.

Nox Aeriscan be ordered from iTunes here. (opens in new tab)

Janus -- David Scotney, guitarist Mike Tyranski, bassist Alan Quitman and drummer Johnny Salazar — are in the midst of a U.S. tour. Here are the remaining dates:

July 13: Rock Lansing, MI - Ulis Haus
July 14: Chesaning, MI - "Showboat Rock Fest" w/ Beyond Threshold

For more info, visit Janus' official website, Facebook page and Twitter page.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.