Hideous Divinity’s Enrico S – 5 Guitarists That Inspired Me

Italian death metal titans Hideous Divinity were right in the throes of promoting a new record, 2019’s Simulacrum, when the rona kicked them off the road.

The band however took the downtime as an opportunity to create their new EP LV-426, a concept record loosely based on Ridley Scott’s Alien movies.

To celebrate the release, we caught up with guitarist Enrico S to get the lowdown on the people who inspired him to pick up the guitar.


5. John McEntee (Incantation)

Incantation - Impending Diabolical Conquest ( NEUROTIC DEATHFEST 2011 )

I’d say he was the first DM guitar player that taught me you don’t need 10000 notes per second to write something truly awesome. And his old tune, dammit. The guitar sound on “Diabolical Conquest” still haunts me to this day. 

4. Luc Lemay and Jon Levasseur (ex -aequo)

Cryptopsy - Cold Hate, Warm Blood

Every time we say the word “dissonance” talking about extreme guitar playing, we should pay a royalty to Luc Lemay. His influence is like an evil whisper in my ears every time I embrace the guitar looking for new ideas.

About Jon Levasseur…  It’s hard to convey the feelings I had the first time I’ve listened to “Whisper Supremacy“, a record that influenced me from my early days in Hour of Penance. I thought “Who would be able to weave such a guitar fabric in this madness?”. The answer was Jon Levasseur. Absolute magic.  

3. Hasjarl (Christian Bouche)

Deathspell Omega - "The Furnaces of Palingenesia" (Full Album)

DsO became my favorite obsession years ago. I guess it’s because of the spider webs Hasjars has been creating with his guitar over the last 20 years.

If you go deep into DsO’s music you’ll find literally a kaleidoscope of guitar innovations. And the sound… you only need 6 strings and a JCM800: the rest is consciousness. That is IMHO, in 2021, the most valuable lesson to metal musicians.

Perhaps THE most influential guitar player in extreme music’s new course.

2. Erik Rutan

Cannibal Corpse - Condemnation Contagion (Erik Rutan guitar playthrough)

Looking back over my “last” twenty years playing death metal, sometimes I have the feeling that all I ever wanted to achieve was… to be like him. Still feeling the same way. 

1. Pete Townsend

The Who-12-13-Pinball Wizard-See Me Feel Me-Listening To You-12-8-1979-Chicago

A man that changed music songwriting, guitar playing and even sound recording. His music has been with me since I was a teenager, and I still worship him like the first time I saw “Pinball Wizard” live in Chicago 1979 on an old VHS tape. Good times. 


  • Brian Kelleher

    I'm the main guy at KillerGuitarRigs.com and I want to tell you all about guitars. I've been playing music since 1986 when my older brother taught me to play "Gigantic" by The Pixies on a bass with two strings. Since then, I've owned dozens of instruments from guitars to e-drums, and spent more time than I'd like to admit sitting in vans waiting for venues to open across Europe and the US.