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Exclusive: Janus — "In Flames" Video Lesson

In the video below, Janus guitarist Mike Tyranski shows you how to play “In Flames,” a song off Janus' upcoming album, Nox Aeris, which will be released March 27 on 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 pre-ordered from iTunes here. (opens in new tab) Look forward to an interview with Janus next Monday, March 19, on GuitarWorld.com.

Janus -- David Scotney, guitarist Mike Tyranski, bassist Alan Quitman and drummer Johnny Salazar — are on a U.S. tour with Chevelle and Middle Class Rut. Here are the remaining dates:

  • Tue 3/13 Wichita, KS Cotillion Ballroom
  • Wed 3/14 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
  • Fri 3/16 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom

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

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. 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 and Ty Tabor 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) (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.