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arl Foster

Founding member, composer and band leader

Karl Foster with Gibson RD Artist Karl began playing guitar in his pre-teen years, having wrested a nylon-strung acoustic from his sister. Learning every chord he could glean, his first attempt at a riff was, as drummer Dave will tell you, Black Sabbath’s War Pigs and Sabbath has remained a passion of Karl’s ever since.

Other musical influences crept in. He steeped himself in the heavier classical crashings of Beethoven, Saint Saëns, Mussorgsky, Holst and the like, always preferring “bloody great big bloody themes that go pow! Bloody,” he says. And there were folk-rock influences - Jethro Tull was one such, along with the late John Martyn and innumerable modern-folk acts.

However, he still preferred to rock out on guitar and counts Tony Iommi, Steve Vai, Jimmy Page, Steve Morse, Stevie Ray Vaughan (as was) and John 5 among his favourite axemen. Karl’s first ‘proper’ electric guitar was a Gibson Firebird 1976, only bettered, in his opinion, by the odd-looking Gibson RD.

He’s owned a fair few guitars since the early days and currently drives an American Hamer Chaparral Custom electric and Ovation electro-acoustic, plus the obligatory skip-load of floorboard and rackmount effects. Latest lust? A Line 6 Pod X3 Pro, which sees his Boss pedal collection lamenting in a flightcase.

There’s plenty else among these pages about the formation and progress of Golgotha. Suffice to say that as main songwriter, Karl enjoyed pushing boundaries with the possibilities of a three- or four-piece rock band, music-production technology and having a gas as a front-man.

 

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