Guitarist for Dysrhythmia / Gorguts / Sabbath Assembly / Vaura. Solo artist. Guitar instructor.
photo by Cathlin Goulding
6/29 - 'Messages to the Past' is out today! You can pick it up from me directly either digitally and/or on LP through my bandcamp page. Decibel Magazine also asked me to elaborate on my influences for the album, which can read about here. In addition there is a interview I did for Heavy Music Headquarters over here.
6/19 - Just taking a moment here to say how happy I am to be using Elixir Strings. I've been endorsed by this company for a few years now, and it's hard to imagine ever going back to another brand. The feel, tone, and long life of these strings are unmatched. You can hear them all over the records I've made in the past couple of years, and any time you see me live.
5/25 - Invisible Oranges have posted an interview as well as a stream of the track "Separations" from my upcoming LP 'Messages to the Past'. Read and listen here.
5/2/18 - June 29th will see the release of Kevin Hufnagel's new solo album 'Messages to the Past' (released on LP via Translation Loss Records and digitally through Kevin's own Nightfloat Recordings. Both are up for pre-order now and feature the brilliant artwork of Bryan Olson). For this album Kevin decided to return to his roots as a guitar player, after a series of increasingly experimental records. Kevin describes those roots as being classic metal of the dark and mystical kind (think Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, (early) Fates Warning, Randy Rhoads/Jake E. Lee-era Ozzy). Says Hufnagel "I wanted to write an album that paid tribute to those early inspirations of mine that have stuck with me to this day. At the same time I wanted to put my own weird spin on what I view as my most traditional influences as a guitarist."
Tracks like "Pulse Controller" (streaming now at Decibel, along with an interview with Kevin), "Through the Neon Forest" and "Circling the Grave" sear with soaring themes and lush otherworldly harmonies, while pieces like "Separations" and "In Our Time" sting with a kind of nostalgic melancholy. During the writing process Hufnagel also drew from particular memories of his youth. "There are moments on this album where atmospherically, and emotionally, I sought to convey sensations I had as a child while watching eerie TV shows like Unsolved Mysteries or Tales fromthe Darkside in my family's log cabin. Or the times I'd be exploring the woods with my friends and we'd find dead things, or signs of what we liked to believe were rituals that had taken place. This is a record I want listeners to let their imaginations run wild to while listening."