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Exclusive: Rich Hinks of Aeon Zen Demonstrates Top Five Riffs on New Album, 'Enigma'

Today, we have an exclusive video from UK progressive-metallers Aeon Zen.

It features band founder and multi-instrumentalist Rich Hinks showing you how to play the top five riffs from the band's new album, Enigma, which will be released next Tuesday, January 22, on Nightmare Records.

Enigma is a concept album with nine continuous tracks showing the strengths of the band, plus two bonus tracks. The album is available for pre-order on and the Nightmare Records website.

Enigma was produced by Hinks. The band is Hinks (guitar, bass, vocals), Andi Kravljaca (vocals), Matt Shepherd (Guitar), Shaz (keyboards) and Steve Burton (drums).

For more about the band, check out their official website and Facebook page.

Enigma Tracklisting:

  • 01. Enter the Enigma
  • 02. Artificial Soul
  • 03. Divinity
  • 04. Seven Hills
  • 05. Warning
  • 06. Turned to Ash
  • 07. Still Human
  • 08. Eternal Snow
  • 09. Downfall
  • 10. Survival (Bonus Track)
  • 11. Time Divine 2.0 (Bonus Track)

Enigma features guest vocals by Nate Loosemore (Lost In Thought) Atle Pettersen (Above Symmetry) and Jonny Tatum (Eumeria).

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.