Spiritbox's Mike Stringer delivers a furious, pick scrape-laden playthrough of Holy Roller

As heavy guitar music continues to evolve, the incorporation of electronic elements - samples, programmed drums and synth lines, for example - is becoming increasingly commonplace. One band who've successfully mastered the art of digitally infused metal - while maintaining a sonic stamp that's completely their own - is Canadian trio Spiritbox.

If you're a regular reader of our weekly round-up of essential guitar tracks, you might remember that we included the band's latest single Holy Roller in last week's edition. Now we bring you a full guitar playthrough of the track, performed by appropriately named guitarist Mike Stringer.

Stringer wields a Aristides 070SR seven-string electric guitar fitted with Lundgren M7 pickups to deliver the track's riffs, opting for a Kemper amp modeler to recreate the track's brutal tones.

Holy Roller's winding arrangement - which traverses between full-band instrumentation and sampled breakbeats - offers ample opportunity for Stringer to display its varied array of drop-tuned, pit-opening riffs, one of which incorporates a particularly impressive Gojira-esque pick scrape technique.

"We wrote Holy Roller because we wanted to have a song that was ridiculously heavy, yet still very energetic and memorable," Stringer says. "The song is already tuned to F# on a seven-string which is a very low tuning to begin with, but we wanted to try and push it even further.

"This is how the song ended up having a walk-down section where three even lower tuning changes occur (F, E, and D#). Luckily, the Kemper handles the pitch shifting well, and has very little latency, so I'm able to recreate the guitar down tuning in real time.

"Playing this song is rhythmically challenging at parts, but is extremely fun, and has a great bouncy feel to it as it relies on a lot of dramatic bends on the low strings."

Spiritbox's latest single Holy Roller is available now via Pale Chord.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com 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.