In Virtue deliver heavy riffs par excellence in this dual-guitar playthrough of Where The Edges Meet

When he's not presenting Gear Gods' popular YouTube channel (opens in new tab), Trey Xavier tears up the fretboard in prog-metal outfit In Virtue. Perfecting the art of heavy yet melodic riffs and pinpoint fretwork, he and co-six-stringer Rami Khalaf are as tight a guitar duo as they come.

In a Guitar World exclusive premiere, we're delighted to present the pair firing on all cylinders as they tear through Where The Edges Meet, a sonic journey that showcases some top-drawer modern metal technique. The track is the second single from the band's forthcoming concept album Age of Legends, which is due out later this year.

Both Xavier and Khalaf use 7-string electric guitars - specifically a Kiesel TL70 and a Strandberg Boden 7, respectively - tuned to A standard (ADGCFAD).

“I wrote this song about a time of uncertainty and division, which pretty accurately describes the current social climate the world is experiencing - but the takeaway is a message of unity, because the only way forward is always together," says Xavier. 

"I wanted to have something really driving and groovy for the verses, and I tried to write the riffs to serve that goal and catapult the listener into a huge, anthemic chorus. There isn’t a proper guitar solo on this one, but the lead section is a pretty complex counterpoint-esque duel between the instruments that has a lot going on."

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).