Sick Riffs: Jay Tarantino teaches the sweeptastic lead lines of Etherius's The Rivers of Sand and Blood

Sick Riffs #71: Etherius's Jay Tarantino joins Guitar World to scratch your prog-metal itch and teach you how to play The Rivers of Sand and Blood - taken from the band's latest album, Chaos. Order. Renewal.

The track's first solo contains a plethora of jaw-dropping sweeps and multi-string tapping lines - a perfect opportunity to unleash your inner shred demon. You'll need a seven-string electric guitar for this one; Tarantino wields a Kiesel Aries 7 string through a Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II XL+ amp modeler.

"Like everything else in the music industry, the coronavirus has completely up ended months of planning for the release of our new album," the band say. "We were supposed to go on our first ever tour this April with the amazing metal bands Allegaeon, Fallujah, and Entheos and our album Chaos.Order.Renewal would've been officially released in the middle of the tour. 

"Sadly, as was expected, the tour has been postponed and we are currently out several thousand dollars that we invested up front to pay for merch, press, transportation, gas, etc. 

"But, despite the circumstances, we are all still safe and healthy and we will persevere. Our album has been released as planned, and the tour will be rescheduled when the time is right." 

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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.