Guitarist Phil Sgrosso showed off serious finesse in a new Instagram playthrough of As I Lay Dying’s “Torn Between” off recent album Shaped by Fire.
Sgrosso hammered his way through the song with his Charvel So-Cal plugged into an EVH 5150IIIS EL34 head for tight, blistering tone.
Check out Sgrosso’s full playthrough below and follow As I Lay Dying here for more music news and announcements.
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Here are some riff/lead vids I put together from “Torn Between” 🤘🏽 #1 – the main “riff” that picks up the energy after the long and vibey intro. It’s got some cool movement using a lot of same notes in 2 different positions to change up using hammer ons vs. pull offs. I think it helps give it a little more “bounce”, haha. #2 – not really a riff as opposed to a chord progression that stems from the intro. Introduces some tension and helps ramp things up for the big open chorus + Nick’s solo section. Brutal on the right hand. #3 – my favorite part of the song when it gets the heaviest but then it sort of transforms into palm mutes with the closed hi hat to sort of tame things down then back into an aggressive all open picking. I love when you can play 1 riff in different variations. Dynamics! #4 – this is tail end of verse 2 with a whammy pedal/automation vs. an ebow that I used on the album. Using an ebow live for such a small section isn’t really in the cards so I thought I’d have some fun with the whammy pedal up 2 octaves before hitting the chorus melody, which I’m still getting used to. For some reason it gives me, what I refer to as, “guitar dyslexia”. Can easily get lost in it but it’s a lot of fun, just more practice! Ending (pre amp) delay tremolo always helps add a little more “atmosphere” too. #5 – the vibey intro/outro part which stemmed from noodling around at soundcheck and became the foundation for the song (Josh’s idea 😎). Minimal picking and mostly hammer ons to give it a more percussive attack without staccato note for note picking. My tone here is guitar going through a Maxon OD808 + whammy pedal into the EVH 5150 EL34 amp into a Torpedo Live cab simulator (Mesa + Diezel cabs) w/ my Axe FX 2 using the 4 cable method for FX pre/post the amp. Hope you enjoy! Let me know which one is your favorite 🙌🏽 PS – I’ll be adding more videos as I slowly learn the ways of filming/editing on my own 😂