Óskar Logi Ágústsson reveals how a studio mistake gave extra edge to his fierce solo in The Vintage Caravan’s Crystallized

Last month, Icelandic prog-rock exports The Vintage Caravan dropped Crystallized, a near-six-minute epic that traverses Sabbathian riffage, Rush breakdowns and an succulently phrased solo.

In short, it’s some of the tastiest classic rock-inspired fretwork we’ve encountered so far this year, so we’re delighted to play host to this exclusive clip of guitar-brandishing frontman Óskar Logi Ágústsson breaking down his jazz-inflected solo spot.

As Ágústsson reveals, the Allman Brothers and Santana were his touchstones for the lead, which – aside from the initial theme – was entirely improvised.

In a situation familiar to just about every guitarist, the solo went on longer than intended, but with a little help from the ‘if you make a mistake, play it twice’ school of performance, those final licks ended up upping the ante of the lead as its simmering fusion bubbles over into hard-rock thunder.

Ágústsson finishes the clip with a fresh performance of the solo, employing a stunning 2003 Gibson Firebird VII running into a Brainworx Rockergain plugin, based on the Orange Rockerverb 100.

If you like what you hear, Crystallized appears on the Vintage Caravan’s new album, Monuments, which is out on April 16 via Napalm Records.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.