DC4 guitar hero Jeff Duncan also of Armored Saint talks with Justin Smulison of Music Interview Magazine. Jeff covers DC4, Armored Saint and All Things Megarock! It is clearly an exciting time for guitarist Jeff Duncan. The axe-wielding musician has steadily produced quality rock and metal for decades and 2018 is no exception. As an integral member and guitarist with heavy metal music heroes Armored Saint, Duncan toured internationally supporting the band’s seminal album, Symbol of Salvation, which was played in its entirety to the praise of fans and critics.
Meanwhile, September 2018 marked the release of Atomic Highway, the newest album from DC4, a quartet which Jeff Duncan fronts and also plays lead guitar. The 10-song album will undoubtedly satisfy hard rock and metal fans. Read the Atomic Highway review here.
With regular activity between the two bands and even a few others, as well as a solo instrumental album in the works, 2019 is looking to be even busier for the six-string virtuoso. Musicinterviewmagazine.com spoke with Jeff Duncan about the making of Atomic Highway, some Armored Saint updates and a lesson in musicianship.
Atomic Highway is a fantastic hard rock and metal album. You refer to the sound as “Megarock.” Would you say the album is the heaviest of the band’s output?
Jeff Duncan: I think it may be. Electric Ministry may have been a darker album but Atomic Highway is a little more to-the-point and maybe doesn’t have as many left turns as Electric Ministry did. That’s just the way it went and how all our albums have gone. It’s never been planned a certain way. It’s more of an upbeat sort of record where the energy is a little higher and a bit more consistent than Electric Ministry.
Speaking of energy, the title track is a fast-paced anthem with some vocal harmonies that sound like an homage to early Van Halen.
I’m a huge Eddie Van Halen fan so the influence is bound to come through. There’s no shame in that comparison. That’s one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.
“One And Only” is a standout track about a relationship on the outs. It starts off mellow and kind of dreary but launches into something fierce at the one-minute mark that caught me off-guard the first time I heard the song. Was “One And Only” always constructed that way or did the song take a different shape while recording? Get the answer and read the full interview here.