Hailing from the Midwest in the United States, Jeff Loomis didn’t seriously take to the guitar until age 15 or so. His inspirations at the time included Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen and Jason Becker. By age 16, he had already won local competitions and had auditioned for the vacant guitar slot in Megadeth. He was too young to be considered for a rigorous touring job, but was already making his mark. In the early 1990s Loomis joined Seattle metal outfit Sanctuary just as the band were breaking up. Loomis and two of the other band members would then form the band Nevermore, with whom he would spend the next 18 years. Loomis truly came into his own within Nevermore, both as a top-notch guitar talent and a force in songwriting. After seven acclaimed studio albums and numerous world tours, Loomisstepped away from Nevermore in 2011 to carve his own path.
In 2008, Loomis had already released his first solo album, the all instrumental “Zero Order Phase”. This was followed in 2012 by the release of “Plains Of Oblivion”, another predominantly instrumental affair with several vocal tracks included. These records allowed him to assemble his own touring band, who did headlining dates throughout Europe and the USA, and the records themselves feature a number of notable guest appearances (including Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine, Michael Manring and Ron Jarzombek). The emergence of Loomis as a frontline talent also led him to conduct an extensive series of guitar clinics and workshops, with clinic tours set up throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Japan, China and Australia. In November of 2014, Loomis surprised many by announcing that he had joined Swedish heavyweights Arch Enemy, pairing up with founder Michael Amott to create one of most talented guitar teams currently in heavy metal or hard rock. In what was already considered a “musician’s band’”, this was truly a formidable union. In the brief time since then, he has already performed over 150 shows with Arch Enemy in 35 different countries.