Relentless, innovative, inspiring, and hip…Prepare to blast off into a new sonic dimension with Doppler, Inc. on Nu-Instrumetal (Favored Nations).
Formed in 2002, the San Francisco based group is the brainchild of lead guitarist/songwriter, Doug Doppler. With their debut release, they’re forging an exciting new brand of music—Nu Instrumetal. “The goal of the record was to bridge the gap between nu metal bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Saliva, old school metal acts like Metallica and Exodus and instrumental artists like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. ‘Nu Instrumetal’ refers to that collision of stylistic influences.”
Produced by Doug Doppler and Pete Karr (Michael Bolton/Backstreet Boys/Jennifer Love Hewitt), the record is an immaculately crafted marvel, juxtaposing savage riffery with inventive arrangements and inspired playing. As for Karr’s crucial contribution to the record, Doppler reflects: “Pete put a very large steel toed boot to my posterior and kicked me out of my comfort zone into the uncharted waters of the deep end of my creative pool. He brought a distinct modern flavor into the record, adding the really cool harmonic and rhythmic loops that made it sound less like an instrumental record and much more like a nu metal disc. His vision really upped the production value, making it competitive with other nu metal acts.”
Indeed, that well-seasoned sound is built on slammin’ metallic riffs, guided in equal parts by a free flying virtuosity and fine tuned craftsmanship. And it’s no wonder, lead guitarist and founder, Doug Doppler’s musical pedigree is impeccable. He is one of music’s most promising new guitar players. Doppler, a protege of Joe Satriani, has also incorporated his teaching skills into his finely crafted Guitar 411 instructional DVD series.
On the record, Doppler employs a 7-string guitar, as if six-strings weren’t enough to cause some serious damage. “Steve Vai popularized the use of a 7-string guitar and influenced other 7-string slinging bands like Korn,” Doppler explains. “I love the way the bottom strings bark at your tush like a ferocious rottweiler and the treble strings sing like a three hundred pound soprano. You can go from super low and chunky with your guitar parts to soaring high notes at the drop of a beat.” A prime example of the versatility of the 7-string instrument can be heard on the track, “Bumpin’ Grind,” earmarked by its growling rhythms and Hendrix/SRV-esque sounding melodies and leads.
Enlisting such luminaries as, Night Ranger/Ozzy Osbourne lead guitarist Brad Gillis, bass icons, Billy Sheehan and Stu Hamm and acclaimed drummer Atma Anur, Nu-Instrumetal is primed for radio airplay. Significantly, the band’s first gig was broadcast live in primetime on KSAN, San Francisco’s number one classic rock station. Mining classic styles with a modern slant, Doppler, Inc.’s radio accessibility is indicative of things to come.
“Fat Lip” kicks things off with a pulverizing punch, a velocity of notes and cranked aggressive thunder. “Wicked”, one of the record’s standout tracks, keeps the momentum rollin’, hotwired to an infectious groove and kinetic kick. But make no mistake, this musical conglomeration, Doppler, Inc., ain’t no one-trick metal pony. Showing off their versatility, “Fire Down Below” and “Wrecking Ball” grab you with more subtle grace, driven by rock solid, sturdy grooves, and cascading fretboard magic that rides to a thrilling climax.
Changing gears dramatically, the evocative, “Like Father Like Son”, is a welcome respite from the record’s innate ferocity, boasting an unforgettable melody and some of the album’s most expressive seven-string wizardry. “As a melancholy backdrop to the record, my father is terminally ill with lung cancer. This song pays homage to my Dad who over the course of the record was an unyielding force of support and love. This track offers the listener an opportunity for introspection and understanding of where I was at as the disc was being recorded. It also brings forth a contrapuntal emotional time stamp if you will.”
Fresh and forward thinking, Nu Instrumetal resonates with a distinct modern flavor, drawing together a minefield of loops, gizmos, and gadgetry. One device used to particularly strong effect on the record is the Vocoder, a human voice electronic simulator. “Pete suggested that we use a Vocoder to add a humanistic touch to a previously non-vocal genre,” Doppler reveals. “We used that device on ‘Wicked’ to provide an extraterrestrial sonic hook not normally found in instrumental music. The Vocoder immediately pulls your ear right into the track.”
Despite the instrumental nature of the record, Doppler is quick to stress that he views his band as a nu metal act, not a relic of the past. “The idea was simply to create a nu metal instrumental record. I was much more interested in appealing to young rock audiences of today rather to the shred infested waters of yesteryear.”
While all the songs are instrumentals, you’ll soon discover that no words were necessary on this strong collection of 11 tracks. Each song brands the listener with its own powerfully indelible imprint, creating an arresting aural story in your mind. So sit back, close your eyes, and let Doppler, Inc. take you on a “nu” mind-blowing trip of sound and fury.
Starting with the Ultimate Speaker Demo, an ever-increasing number of the GearTunes audio clips are being tracked using the Radial JCR Reamp. The Reamp was invented by my good friend and colleague John Cuniberti who engineered/co-produced many of Joe Satriani's most infamous recordings.
For GearTunes, reamping allows me to record a track where the guitar "hears" the amp in the room, but initially only the guitar or guitar and effects signal is recorded. This allows me to spend additional time perfecting amp tones and mic placement once I have the performance I'm looking for. One of the byproducts of this process is the creation of GearTunes DI Clips which enable you to play select guitars and effects through your amp by using your mobile device or computer as a reamp device.
For GearTunes DI Clips - and Gear Tune DI Clips ONLY (always found under the DI clips tab for gear that has one), you can play our guitar and effects through your amp. Simply use an unbalanced cable that terminates with an 1/8th inch jack on one end and a 1/4 inch jack on the other. Connect the 1/8th jack to the output of your mobile device or computer and the 1/4 inch jack into the front of your amp. Start off with your amp volume at zero and your mobile device (or computer) volume all the way up to ensure you hit the front end of the amp with enough signal, and then gradually increase the volume of the clean channel on your amp until you reach a level that is not capable of causing damage to your ears or equipment. GearTunes accepts no liability for the use, abuse or misuse of these clips, and playing them into your amp is done exclusively at your own risk.
I am tremendously excited about being able to share GearTunes DI Clips with you as you journey on your quest to find right gear for the music you play! Cheers ~ Doug:)
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