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Hear Nita Strauss unleash a storm of shred in new instrumental single

Nita Strauss performs onstage in the music video for her new single, Summer Storm

(Image credit: Sumerian Records/YouTube)

Nita Strauss has already established a significant summer.

The unexpected announcement of her departure from Alice Cooper’s band in July was quickly accompanied by the news headlines that Strauss had landed a gig because the leadguitar player for pop superstar Demi Lovato.

Now, Strauss has followed up those major career moves with a ferocious new solo single, a pummeling instrumental appropriately titled Summer Storm.

The follow-up to Dead Inside, a collaboration with Disturbed frontman David Draiman, Summer Storm is highlighted by brutal riffage and dazzling pentatonic fireworks, but additionally includes a strong melodic element that presents the enduring influence of Iron Maiden (fitting, considering that she’s a veteran of the all-female Iron Maiden tribute band The Iron Maidens) on Strauss’ playing. You can examine out the song’s music video below.

In a fresh interview with Guitar World, Strauss explained the way the track is really a perfect window into her playing, and just why she picked it specifically to check out up the hugely successful Dead Inside.

Personally i think like on both of my albums theres one track that appears to encompass

precisely what Im about as a new player,” Strauss said. “For the initial album it had been Our Most Desperate Hour and because of this one its Summer Storm… it certainly covers all of the bases of my playing. Precisely what makes me appear to be me. Its catchy, shreddy, emotional and just a little chaotic (laughs).

It tells a tale,” she continued. “Following the success of Dead Inside with David Draiman, I believe everybody else from my label to numerous my fans expected another vocal song next. But I really like surprising people and wished to stay true to who I’m as a new player, which explains why it had been time for another instrumental.

We still haven’t any concrete details beyond Dead Inside and Summer Storm on Strauss’ highly anticipated second solo album, but representatives for the guitarist say that more news onto it should come “soon.”

For the present time, keep your eyes on Strauss’ website (opens in new tab) for more on the guitarist.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson can be an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. Hes been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and contains also written extensively on a single topics for GUITARIST (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though available to music of most kinds, his greatest love is definitely indie, and precisely what falls under its massive umbrella. Compared to that end, you will discover him on Twitter crowing about whatever fun new guitar band you have to drop everything to listen to at this time.

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