Gargoyl's Dave Davidson: "I like to have some technicality to my solos, but for me it’s more of a storytelling element now"

Dave Davidson
(Image credit: Alex Morgan)

Dave Davidson's playing on Gargoyl’s self-titled debut gears down from the high-speed ferocity he’s prone to delivering with veteran death metal outfit Revocation, but that doesn’t make his new project any less unsettling. 

Take the intro to first single Electrical Sickness, where he and Gargoyl co-guitarist Luke Roberts unfurl a series of demented and augmented arpeggios above a jacked-up samba beat, each chord pairing more dizzyingly kaleidoscopic than the last.   

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.