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Guitar World 06/21/04

"In one of the most inspiring guitar-related stories you’ll ever hear, electric guitar player Philippe Drouin completely relearned the guitar left-handed after a car accident left him unable to use his right hand for picking."

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Philippe Drouin, guitarist for Canadian technical death metal band Obvurt, spent three years relearning guitar as a left-handed player after a car accident rendered him unable to continue playing as a right-hand-dominant musician. Loudwire
 

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A guitarist named Philippe Drouin has drawn the attention of the guitar community after managing to re-learn the instrument left-handed following a car accident that left him unable to strum using his right hand. Ultimate Guitar

Entrevue téléphonique avec Philippe Drouin       (guitare/vocal) par Grizzly Media  12/01/21

Words from Michael Angelo Batio

¨I met Philippe when he first started to play left handed. I knew how good of a right handed guitarist he was, and I was sure that with his talent and work ethic, he would be great as a left handed player. I was right. Congrats!¨

Obvurt to release first single "Obverted" on 08/01/21

Obverted: This song declines the different levels of my frustration and having to put aside my pride and learning to play as a left handed, that explain the fear of the failure, going through the frustrations. It is a broad overview of what I have felt “Losing the worthiest asset in your life”, Michael Angelo Batio played solo as guest Guitarist.

Obvurt to release first single "Obverted" on 08/01/21

Obverted: This song declines the different levels of my frustration and having to put aside my pride and learning to play as a left handed, that explain the fear of the failure, going through the frustrations. It is a broad overview of what I have felt “Losing the worthiest asset in your life”, Michael Angelo Batio played solo as guest Guitarist.

First EP album : The Beginning, to be released march 31rst 2021
14/12/20

Our debut album "The Beginning" will be release on March 31st, 2021 on Brutal Mind

Tracklist:

1. Prelude Dm

2. Ostheophyte

3. The First Light

4. Obverted

5. Scars Of War

6. The End

Produced  at The Grid

Jon Zig / Jon Zig Official

Brutal-Mind.com

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Phillippe 

"Could you imagine starting over when you have reached such a highly technical skill from where I was?

So I had to learn how to play guitar again but as a left handed player, and for 3 years I’ve been working on as a beginner.

Everything on that project has started on 2016 December 26th, but I still had to have surgery for my shoulder as well in 2018. While recovering from my surgery I started to write the lyrics and composing the music, so that was Obvurt first draft EP Album. As soon as I’ve recovered properly, my Mind was set to record these Ideas.

The music and lyrics have been influenced by everything I like in life. The title of the EP says it all "The Beginning", Obvurt was born. The lyrics are related to life, death and could also a story to tell. Beyond the music, the technique and the lyrics, the story around this first EP remains the most significant."

Obvurt joined Brutal Mind
09/12/20

Signing Announcement:

Quebec / Montreal based death metal trio, OBVURT, recently joined the expanding roster of extreme metal powerhouse, Brutal Mind.

Comments the band: “We’re extremely excited to announce that OBVURT recently joins Brutal Mind. A lot of great things comin up...Our first release will be available in 2021 through Butal Mind. Stay tune for more news.“

band bio :

OBVURT Initially Obvurt was a solo project created by Philippe Drouin. In 2016 he was victim of a car accident which hurt his right wrist and prevented him from playing the guitar. Despite undergoing multiple medical operations, Philippe was not able to get his dexterity back. Even when facing adversity, he refused to give up on himself or on the guitar skills he had been perfectioning for 15 years. In 2018, he decided to buy a left handed guitar despite being right handed. With the help of Micheal Angelo Batio, and because he kept practicing, Phil was able to come up with his very first songs. Obvurt was formed in 2020 in Québec, Canada. Band members are: Philippe Drouin (Unbreakable Hatred), Olivier Pinard (Cattle Decapitation, Cryptopsy) and Samuel Santiago (First Fragment, Gorod). Philippe was the one who came up with the name OBVURT which relates to his particular turn of fate. OBVURT stands for Obvert (to oppose) and Hurt (to wound). In the summer of 2020, the band assembled after working from home for months. They recorded their first EP THE BEGINNING in August with the help of sound engineer Chris Donalson (Cryptopsy) from THE GRID studio in Montreal.

Obvurt Line Up :

Philippe Drouin : Guitars / vocals

Olivier Pinard : Bass

Samuel Santiago : Drums

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