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Nevermore - Jeff Loomis
Jeff Loomis is the lead guitarist for the Seattle progressive metal band, Nevermore
Loomis started making music with drums but soon started playing guitar. He got his first instrument at ten years old, but didn't start practicing seriously until around the age of 15.
As a teenager in Wisconsin he played in a handful of cover bands and three death metal bands before joining more established bands. At the age of 16, Loomis won Wisconsin's Guitar Wars contest.
Loomis became the lead guitarist of Nevermore after the brief period being in Sanctuary. Now, he is the main songwriter of Nevermore, adding to the unique sound that fans are familiar with.
His contributions can be found in albums such as The Politics of Ecstasy, Dreaming Neon Black, This Godless Endeavor (including Steve Smyth, who previously featured in the band Testament) and Nevermore's 2010 album, The Obsidian Conspiracy. Currently, Loomis plays an important role in portraying the sound that Nevermore has today, using 7 string Schecter guitars and techniques such as sweep-picking. One of his more important musical showcases is in the critically acclaimed album Dead Heart in a Dead World, in which he wrote most of the songs before Nevermore.