The Black Dahlia Murder's Brandon Ellis delivers a super-precise playthrough of Removal of the Oaken Stake

The Black Dahlia Murder's latest album Verminous dropped April 17, and it contains some of the extreme-metal vets' best material yet. One standout track is Removal of the Oaken Stake, which includes furious riff work and dizzying leads - so much so that we included it in last week's essential guitar tracks.

Before social isolation measures took place, lead guitarist Brandon Ellis joined us at the GW studio for an exclusive playthrough of the track, shredding his way through the song's blistering soundscapes on his Jackson Custom Shop Kelly electric guitar.

Ellis recently recorded another playthrough of the album's title track, Verminous (opens in new tab). Verminous is available now (opens in new tab).

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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).