“Selective picking, to me, is drumming on guitar. Tosin Abasi brought this technique to the world and it made me excited”: Prog-metal visionary Pomegranate Tiger was ahead of his time. Now he’s tackling cutting-edge technique and AI head-on

Pomegranate Tiger poses with guitars
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A hammock hangs in Pomegranate Tiger mastermind Martin Andres’ L.A. living room when Guitar World reaches him over Zoom, but there hasn’t been much time for the virtuoso to relax this particular evening. It’s been just a few hours since the guitarist/drummer let loose the bombastically progressive juggernaut that is Pomegranate Tiger’s new All Input Is Error album – the project’s first in eight years – but instead of breathing a sigh of relief over a job well done, he’s generally been obsessing over streaming numbers and Instagram traction.

“I know progressive metal music – especially my music – is less viral. It seems like it takes time for people to get their teeth into it and chew it,” he says, adding that the pressure of yielding likes sometimes skews his perception of Pomegranate Tiger’s appeal.

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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.