Hey guys what's up? Soul Sanctuary's Lead Guitarist (Ed Stevens) was featured in this month's edition of Total Guitar Magazine (Issue #190) Competeing for Guitarist of the Year and a chance to play the UK's biggest metal festival "Download 2010" here is the artical in full.
With two vocalists, two guitarist, bass and drums Soul Sanctuary are less a band and more an invading army of metal. TG approached Ed Stevens with well-padded ear defenders.
"I've got a metal-blues thing going on," says Ed. "Anothony Montague (co-guitarist) and i do inversions of the same chords to make use of having 2 guitars."
Ed namechecks Kirk Hammett, Whitesnake's John Sykes, Eddie Van Halen, Zakk Wylde and Dave Murray. "I don't use a lot of picking," he expains, "I do a lot of legato, so that's where the Dave Murray thing comes in."
Ed strives for sonic perfection. "Our music is all self-produced, so we're always going back and remixing tracks. We're always remixing stuff to get it to where we want it to be."
Surprisingly for a metal guitarist, Ed experiments with guitar synths. "On the track Destiny, I use the Roland GR-20 to play it live. I'll also use it to create pads and play string parts for ballards." When he wants to crank it up, Ed fires his ESP into a whopping 500 watts of Line 6 heads.