Herb Himes (aka Gog) – Summoner’s Circle
Founder and lead guitarist of US metal band Summoner’s Circle. Summoner’s Circle is a six-piece theatrical metal band that blends elements of doom, death, black and progressive metal into what they refer to as simply Epic Metal. In 2019 the band released it worldwide debut full-length album “Become None” and gained notoriety for touring on Children of Bodom’s North American Hexed tour along with Swallow the Sun and Wolfheart. They have since released their successful second full-length album, Chaos Vector, through Nuclear Blast’s Blood Blast Distribution and have played festivals and toured in support of it. Herb and the band will be taking their act to Europe for the first time in 2023, touring with Batushka and Hate, and following that up with the release of their third full-length album.
Herb is known for his creative songwriting and his unique, emotive lead work that brings a touch of blues and feeling successfully into the soundscapes of extreme metal.
“I’d never been a fan of the active pickups I’d tried perviously, feeling that they were too sterile sounding and lacking in richness and character. I first tried the Fluence Moderns in a Solar Guitar that came stock with a set of the Fluence Moderns, and as soon as I plugged in I was blown away by the richness, dynamics and power of the tone. I, very quickly, purchased two more sets of the Fluence Moderns and had them installed on my other two touring guitars. Best pickups I’ve ever played.”