Keith Merrow is a studio guitar player, songwriter, producer, engineer, gear demonstrator, student and teacher. Keith hails from Portland, Oregon- USA. Keith has a sound that is true to his traditional metal roots, but with an original and modern execution.
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 1995. 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).
In 2013, Keith teamed up with friends Jeff Loomis, Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse), and Alex Rudinger and formed the band,Conquering Dystopia. They released their self titled album in March of 2014, after a very successful crowd-funding campaign to aid in the creation of the record. The band’s sound is a modern twist on traditional instrumental “shred”.
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 their Media Production Manager and Artist Relations person for the Metal genre.
Keith is currently working on these musical projects-
- A full-length collaboration album close friend Wes Hauch.
- A second Demisey album.
- Another solo release.