Steve Vai was taken aback when he heard how Polyphia cut up his guest solo: “I thought, ‘Maybe they didn’t like what I did!’”

[L-R] Scott LePage, Steve Vai and Tim Henson
(Image credit: Kevin Scanlon/Future)

Ego Death, a new Polyphia track taken from the quartet’s upcoming album, Remember That You Will Die, sees the collision of two generations of guitar virtuosos at the top of their game.

The song finds guitarists Tim Henson and Scott LePage joined by shred hero Steve Vai, the result being a meticulously crafted mashup of Vai’s more traditional lead playing and Polyphia’s ever-forward-thinking sound.

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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.