Who is Keith Merrow?

Keith Merrow is a studio guitar player, songwriter, producer, engineer, gear demonstrator, student and teacher. Keith hails from Portland, Oregon- USA. His style of guitar playing is a unique blend of traditional metal with a dash of obscurity. Keith has a sound that is original and heartfelt while remaining utterly brutal and true to his traditional metal roots.

Keith’s music hobby quickly (and unexpectedly) became promising career in the music industry after he began sharing his music on the internet. Keith, a once reclusive hobbyist, was convinced by his close friends and family to share his music with the world. Through YouTube and social media outlets, his music has now been heard by millions of people since 2008.

In May of 2009, he released a self-produced EP titled “Lonestar Transcend”. This EP was a compilation of songs that were first heard on Keith’s YouTube page back in 2008. His early fans had begun asking for downloads of the songs he was playing on YouTube. These were simple songs that Keith had written in his spare time. Some of them dated back as far as 1999. This EP reflected the true bedroom/hobby player with its low production value and raw sound. Keith discontinued the release of this album a few years ago claiming “I never took those songs seriously, and I don’t believe the listener should either.”

Six months later, in November of 2009, came Keith Merrow’s “The Arrival”. This 10 song album has an epic and thought-provoking sound to it that he hopes will take you on a musical journey. The intense and often thematic songs on this album are punishing and brutally beautiful. Unlike the previous EP, The Arrival marks Keith’s first album that he has written from start to finish, for the sole purpose of releasing a completed album to the public. The song “Pillars of Creation” has been loosely deemed “the 7-string guitar anthem” by his fans on YouTube.

On January 1st of 2011, Keith Released his second full-length instrumental album (under the truncated project name “Merrow”) entitled “Awaken the Stone King”. The album continues in the heavy, groove laden style of Keith’s first two albums, and features a guest guitar solo from Jeff Loomis.

Just a few months later, In October of 2011, Keith released a traditional Death Metal album in collaboration with a good friend and fellow guitarist, Gord Olson. The project is titled "Demisery", and is a tribute to the great Death Metal bands that have influenced Keith and Gord's playing at a young age.

In 2012, Keith released an 8 song EP titled “Retrospecial”. Unlike the previous concept/theme driven albums, Retrospecial is more of a light-hearted, in your face collection of songs that Keith feels are simply “fun songs”. This album pays homage to Keith’s favorite Sci-Fi shows and movies, as well as “Retro” video games, with tracks like “Spice Dealer”, “Top Romulan”, and “Secret Brick Chicken”. He enlisted some of his favorite musician friends to appear on the EP (Jeff Loomis, Ola Englund, Gord Olson).

Throughout these album releases, Keith continued to post videos and gear demos featuring his music on YouTube. He majored in Multimedia in college, and would often use these videos as college projects. His prolific and thorough demonstrations gained the attention many companies in the music industry, including the largest manufacturer of guitar pickups in the world, Seymour Duncan. In addition to being a busy musician and music industry professional, Keith is currently employed by Seymour Duncan as a tech consultant.

Keith is currently working on three projects in 2013/2014:
  • A full-length collaboration album with Jeff Loomis and Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse).
  • A second Demisey album.
  • Another solo release.


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Keith Merrow

  • We'll be using these power amp versions of the Kemper for the upcoming #conqueringdystopia tour. Love these things! Thanks #kemper
    We'll be using these power amp versions of the Kemper for the upcoming #conqueringdystopia tour. Love these things! Thanks #kemper
  • Doing some recording work with these 8s tonight. I have a fun job.
    Doing some recording work with these 8s tonight. I have a fun job.
  • "Can I get more vox in the monitors?" Oh wait...
    "Can I get more vox in the monitors?" Oh wait...
  • Taking a break from working on the Conquering Dystopia indigogo campaign to shoot a couple playthrough vids. #loomer @jeffloomis1 #conqueringdystopia
    Taking a break from working on the Conquering Dystopia indigogo campaign to shoot a couple playthrough vids. #loomer @jeffloomis1 #conqueringdystopia
  • I put up a new vid on YouTube earlier. Go check it out!
    I put up a new vid on YouTube earlier. Go check it out!
  • This fakkin blister on my pinky (fretting hand) is totally running my work day. Too much guitar I guess. Wtf.
    This fakkin blister on my pinky (fretting hand) is totally running my work day. Too much guitar I guess. Wtf.
  • Pleasant surprise from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop. I can't wait to hear these! Nerd stuff: Sentient neck, Nazgul bridge... custom winding with silver wire instead of copper (Zephyr style!), cryogenic treatment, zebra bobbins, Black Winter style logo. Probably the only set that will ever be made. There's enough silver in these to kill a family of werewolves. I think I'll drop them in a black KM7 guitar.
    Pleasant surprise from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop. I can't wait to hear these! Nerd stuff: Sentient neck, Nazgul bridge... custom winding with silver wire instead of copper (Zephyr style!), cryogenic treatment, zebra bobbins, Black Winter style logo. Probably the only set that will ever be made. There's enough silver in these to kill a family of werewolves. I think I'll drop them in a black KM7 guitar.
  • It feels good to be home to see the sunrise from my back patio! Traveling back from Europe took about 30 hours total. Ugh!
    It feels good to be home to see the sunrise from my back patio! Traveling back from Europe took about 30 hours total. Ugh!
  • London vibes.
    London vibes.
  • Amazing times in London today with the best dudes ever. Headed back to the usa tomorrow!
    Amazing times in London today with the best dudes ever. Headed back to the usa tomorrow!
  • Rad
    Rad
  • Good morning Birmingham, UK! Birthplace of Black Sabbath, right? I'm into it.
    Good morning Birmingham, UK! Birthplace of Black Sabbath, right? I'm into it.
  • Huge pic at musikmesse. #schecter
    Huge pic at musikmesse. #schecter
  • Majestic looking opera house in Germany.
    Majestic looking opera house in Germany.
  • Hotel jams, German edition. #km7 #conqueringdystopia
    Hotel jams, German edition. #km7 #conqueringdystopia
  • New album on Spotify :)
    New album on Spotify :)
  • Have you picked it up yet? What's your favorite song on the album? #conqueringdystopia
    Have you picked it up yet? What's your favorite song on the album? #conqueringdystopia
  • Re-gram from @schecterguitarsofficial . I had no idea this was happening, but it's really cool! Instagram only guitar contest, do it! #conqueringdystopia #dystopiashred @jeffloomis1
    Re-gram from @schecterguitarsofficial . I had no idea this was happening, but it's really cool! Instagram only guitar contest, do it! #conqueringdystopia #dystopiashred @jeffloomis1
  • Album up at http://www.conqueringdystopia.com/downloads , go pick it up :)
    Album up at http://www.conqueringdystopia.com/downloads , go pick it up :)
  • I keep this one by my bed so it's the first thing I see when I wake up.  #truelove #km7 #schecter @schecterguitarsofficial
    I keep this one by my bed so it's the first thing I see when I wake up. #truelove #km7 #schecter @schecterguitarsofficial
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