Mike Lerner

This article is about the music artist. For the filmmaker, see Mike Lerner (filmmaker).
Mike Lerner
Also known as Direwolf
Born (1981-05-17) May 17, 1981
Genres Extreme metal, black metal
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2001-present
Labels Black Market Activities
Associated acts Behold... The Arctopus
Notable instruments
Ibanez RG

Mike Lerner is an American metal guitarist best known for his work with Behold... The Arctopus.


Lerner began playing the piano when he was five years old.[1] He attended New York University where he received a degree in jazz composition and also met fellow musician Colin Marston. The two began to play together and eventually formed the tech-metal group Behold... the Arctopus. They were later joined by Charlie Zeleny.


Lerner is endorsed by Ibanez Guitars and is often seen performing on their RG model. His first Ibanez guitar was a bright yellow coloured RG565 that he found at a pawn shop in the mid-1990s.[1] He also uses a Peavey 5150 head and a Mesa Boogie 4x12 cabinet.[2]


With Behold... The Arctopus

As Direwolf

Other appearances

See also


  1. 1 2 "Mike Lerner Artist Interview". Ibanez.co.jp. Ibanez Guitars. February 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-17.
  2. "BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS: Video Interview Available". BlabberMouth.net. Roadrunner Records. September 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-17.

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