Matt Pike: “I wanted this album to sound different to my previous work. But everything I play on is going to sound like me, in a weird way, shape or form”

Matt Pike
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The term ‘riff lord’ is arguably one that’s thrown around a little too loosely in this day and age. Not, however, when used to describe Matt Pike – the man who took doom music to new levels of heaviness in Sleep and won a Grammy in 2019 for his work with High On Fire. 

His track record for writing earth-rumbling riffs has made him a modern-day equivalent to Tony Iommi – and much like the Black Sabbath legend himself, Pike’s ideas carry a galactic weight strong enough to have their own orbit.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).