Hey! Listen To Resurrecting Id!

Resurrecting Id is the brainchild of Chris Herald, a talented sax player/composer and fellow metal nerd. The premise of Resurrecting Id appears to be answering the question of, "Hey, what would happen if there was progressive, djenty metal with sax playing the usual guitar lead and guitar playing support?" He answered that question in the form a self-titled 5-song EP last year, and I gotta say, it's definitely worth the time of anyone who read my article last week, as well as any fans of interesting, technically-demanding jazzy prog metal.

The Saxophone: A Heavy Blog User’s Guide

It seems that as more heavy and progressive bands seek to experiment and differentiate themselves from the herd, they've been turning more often to adding in outside influences and instruments, with jazz and sax being at the forefront, which, at face value, is great! Like any other tool though, you have to know how to wield and implement it properly or it simply doesn't work, and that seems to be what we're faced with currently: a glut of saxophone solos and parts in metal and prog that exist primarily for the novelty of hearing a saxophone in unexpected places rather than using them in ways that actively connect to and enhance the music around them. This isn't so much a guide to music and bands that use sax particularly well or poorly (though I will use examples from time to time), but more so a crash course in what the instrument can actually do and some best practices for using it. School's in session, and you can call me Professor Sax (please don't actually do this; Mr. Sax will suffice).