Michael Woess, known on YouTube as RISTRIDI, is a metal guitarist and music producer based in Munich and Darmstadt, Germany.
At the age of 11, Michael was introduced to Metallica and was immediately hooked. After taking guitar lessons for about 3 years and delving deeper and deeper into metal music, he decided to continue playing and learning the guitar self-taught. Now, over a decadeyears later, Michael has become a technically advanced guitar player known for his clean, yet passionate lead playing.
In 2009, Michael uploaded his first guitar video to YouTube. Finding great joy in music and creating videos, Michael continued building his YouTube channel – it has now grown to feature about 300 uploaded videos, 15.000 subscribers and 3 million views in total.
Michael’s first band project ReBorn and Zenithal Drough, each had a different approach – ReBorn was a local music group in which he played his first live gigs, whereas Zenithal Drought was a studio project, creating songs with friends from all over the world. ReBorn and Zenithal Drought each released one demo before breaking up.
In 2012, Michael joined the Blackened Death Metal band SEKTOR from Landshut, Germany. The band released two albums thus far, ALPHA (2014) and Allegory (2017) , both of which feature Michael’s lead guitar work.
After a long period of inactivity with composing his own music, Michael returned to writing songs after facing a personal crisis in early 2017. Thus, the project OMEGA POINT was born.
The first album of OMEGA POINT, “The Descent”, is thematically about self-doubt, depression and frustration. By deciding to produce it all on his own, he made his first steps into the world of professional recording, mixing and mastering.
The second album „ISOLATION“ was released later in the same year and was written directly after the writing for the first album got finished. „ISOLATION“ evolved around the idea of dark existential thoughts and has a lyrical concept behind it, telling the story of a protagonist’s friend lost to suicide.
With a newly gained focus, he enrolled at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt in early 2018 to enhance his knowledge about music and sound production. Since 2019, he works as a freelancing sound engineer and music producer – head over to https://w-audio.com for learning more about this topic.
In February 2020, Michael officially joined the classic German Dark Metal Band Agathodaimon under the stage name Nakhateth. Agathodaimon is working on its seventh album release right now.
In mid 2020, Agathodaimon signed a worldwide label deal with Napalm Records. Michael is now officially endorsed by Jackson Guitars and Rotosound.