Darren Macer

Lead and Rhythm Guitars


Photo © Danniel Ackerley 2014

Darren joined Untamed in June 2007, replacing Miles Goodman. He started playing guitar when he was 16 and was hooked on metal from the start.

"I always wanted a guitar as I was growing up. Seeing films like Back to the Future, Bill and Ted and the Transformers movie actually got me obsessed with '80s metal and wanting to sound like that! Obviously my musical tastes went through Iron Maiden and Metallica to virtuoso guitarists such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Jason Becker and Yngwie Malmsteen, then on to death metal with bands like Decapitated and Death and, more recently, Arch Enemy, Nevermore and Opeth. I now take most of my inspiration from an amazing progressive metal band called Scar Symmetry. For me, it's the perfect blend of death metal vocals, melodic choruses and insane tapping solos, which I try to incorporate into the songs we play and take Untamed to a new level."

And what about future goals?

"I've finally found my dream jobs of playing guitar and tattooing, which go hand in hand. So naturally, the plan is to keep doing what I'm doing, making it better. I'm busy writing songs and constructing solos for the album, so hopefully pre-production can start soon. Get ready for the onslaught, people!"

I would like to thank...

"Mum, Dad, Sabrina, Michelle and Victoria, Phil, Andy and Graham for being awesome friends, James, Paul, Simon and Jon (outstanding musicians and great friends) and huge thanks to Colin, who continuously pushed me to put on a better show and to keep improving my guitar skills and made me a better guitar player. Thanks bro, you're a legend! And anyone else I've forgotten! Special thanks goes to my kids (Casey, Brandon and Summer) and my fiancee Nicola for putting up with the long nights and constant practicing (I couldn't do it without you), Terry and Carol (my Peterborough Mum and Dad!), JJ and Kirsty and to Chris and Patrick at Krank amps (for making the best amps on the planet!) and to all at Coffin Case and DR strings."

Live Rig

Ibanez XPT700 Xiphos. Line 6 Pod Pro. Krank Revolution series one head. DR black beauties 09-46. Dunlop Gator Grip picks.

Bottom Line

"Since I picked up the guitar, I've always struggled to find my own perfect sound. Until I heard the Krank rev1 head. Raw, tight and in your face. I'll never look back."