A "metal" version of the traditional Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne" by former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis and 7 HORNS 7 EYES axeman Aaron Smith can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below.
Smith is producing Loomis's new solo album, which is currently being recorded for an early 2012 release via Century Media Records. The CD will feature a guest appearance by singer Christine Rhoades, who previously collaborated with NEVERMORE on the "Dreaming Neon Black" album. Shane Lentz will handle the bass.
"[Aaron] has been a friend for a while now and has helped me out with various recording projects over the years," said Loomis.
Jeff' first solo album, "Zero Order Phase", was released in September 2008 through Century Media Records.
"Auld Lang Syne" is a poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. It is well known in many countries, especially (but far from exclusively) in the English-speaking world; its traditional use being to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations and as a farewell or ending to other occasions.
The song's Scots title may be translated into English literally as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by" or "old times". Consequently "For auld lang syne", as it appears in the first line of the chorus, is loosely translated as "for (the sake of) old times."