Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Shawn Lane: the only one

God I miss the guitar voice of Shawn Lane so it's great to hear something new to me! Here is an old demo of Shawn playing an unreleased tune of his from back in the 80's called "Just One".

Shawn Lane - Just One (demo) (AUDIO)

Shawn Lane - Mental Minor (demo) (AUDIO)

Shawn Lane - Sins (demo - 2 versions) (AUDIO)

Here is a Demo version of "Not Again" that Shawn recorded in 1990.

Shawn Lane - Not Again (1990 demo) (AUDIO)

Here is a Demo version of "Get You Back" that Shawn recorded in 1990.
This is different to the other (1986) demo version

Shawn Lane - Get You Back (1990 demo) (AUDIO)

Kris Norris: projekt icons of the illogical

For those who like it heavy progressive, one I missed from Kris Norris.

Did we really land on the moon? Was there a second shooter? Did Hangar 18 house alien bodies? For guitarist Kris Norris (Darkest Hour, Locust Factor), a self-professed “conspiracy buff”, the truth is out there.

Icons of the Illogical, Norris’ first full-fledged solo record, is a collection largely composed of scorching and subversive progressive metal instrumentals inspired by the lure of alternative history and our willingness to believe in it.

“I don’t necessarily think these conspiracy theories explain the whole truth,” says Norris. “I think I’m more fascinated by the people who believe in these theories. It’s all a matter of interpretation and perspective. How and why do they think like that?”

Norris attempts to answer these questions throughout his 14-track record. Despite a lack of vocal accompaniment, Icons tells many tales with its tightly composed compositions and numerous soaring melodic lead lines. The music shifts in feel from aggressive to downright eerie, sometimes within the same song or guitar solo.

Tracks include the anthemic “The Law of Falling Bodies” (about the worst terrorist attack to take place on American soil and the crackpot speculations that have emerged as a result); the cynical and politically charged “The Hegelian Principle”; the sweeping, Wagnerian (and Arthurian) “The Wound of Amfortas”; “Lament, Requiem, Threnody”, a sly tribute to Metallica’s classic instrumental grandeur; the cathartic, deceptively complicated and highly syncopated “Ghostly Shell Removal” (featuring blood-curdling vocals supplied by Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe); the punishing “Remaining Foolish”, also featuring Blythe, whose harsh vocals seem to reinforce the militant nature and willing ignorance of some conspiracy theorists, “Palindrome” (appropriately based upon a repetitive lead line), and others.

“I tried to carefully pick song titles that fit the mood of the music but also reflected something about the general theme of conspiracy,” says Norris.

While Icons of the Illogical is a search and discovery for truth hidden in the outside world, the album also stands as one musician’s introspective musical journey, tracking Norris’ evolution from his early beginnings to his current status as a metal guitar maven.

“Everything you hear on this record has been written by me,” says Norris. “The new and the older riffs and musical concepts sit side by side to create a full picture of my development.”

Taking a cue from the improvisational methodology of Magna Carta’s own prog-metal supergroup, Liquid Tension Experiment, Norris let his passion (and fingers) fly when it came to recording these tracks, a process that took just two weeks to complete.

“I’ve always loved Liquid Tension Experiment and I said if I had the opportunity to ever record an album in a similar vein I would take it,” says Norris. “In my own way, I accomplished this by, basically, creating these songs out of thin air. When we went into the studio I let the drummer [Dave Gibson] hear a little bit of a song. We’d hit record and just play. We continued like that for the entire session. Then when we did the bass tracks with Dave [Fugman] we did the same thing. I loved working this way and, I think, the record has an immediacy, a real fire, because of it.”

Aside from Liquid Tension, Norris draws on a variety of musical influences, everything from the death metal of Children of Bodom to opera. These elements are evident in the song foundations and Norris’ bold and accessible solos.

“I remember listening to opera when I was in music school and I was thinking that the music being played under the voices was beautiful and truly amazing,” says Norris, who studied classical music before ever picking up the guitar. “I had the idea to approach this record as if it were an opera record without the voices. Really, my guitar is ‘the voice.’”

And as with any good composer, his multi-layered material reveals its treasures – its truths -- upon repeat listens.

“In one song I have something like twenty-five different voices moving in counterpoint,” says Norris. “You might not catch all of them -- or the ambient lead line floating in the background – when you hear it for the first time. That was the point, really. I wanted to layer the record so that you keep returning to the CD to find new elements with each listen.”

Give Icons of the Illogical a spin: what will you hear?
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Don Lappin: dvd promo... get it while it's hot!

This is a trailer of "Don Lappin"s Two-Hand Technique" instructional DVD. Though it's impossible to to shrink 3 1/2 hours of video into 10 minutes, this video may give you a bit of insight into what my DVD is about. Don says:
Hey Everybody,

My Instructional DVD, "Don Lappin's Two-Hand Technique- The Complete System" is now available. Here are the details:

Cost is $59.95 plus $5 shipping. This is for 2 DVDs (3 hours and 25 minutes running time), as well as the data CD containing 10 backing tracks, and 60+ pages of music and tablature. If interested in purchasing, my PayPal account is hookup@comcast.net As soon as payment is received I will ship out your copy.
Don Lappin

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Doug Doppler: featured on new hendrix tribute


Jimi Hendrix Tribute - Third Stone From The Sun (CD)

Third Stone From The Sun is an electrifying instrumental 2009 tribute to the legendary Jimi Hendrix that was produced and compiled by the Emmy Award winning guitarist, Brian Tarquin. Third Stone From The Sun explores new interpretations of classic Hendrix tunes by notable guitarists, such as James Ryan, Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Chris Mahoney, Martin Winch, Larry Van Fleet, Howard Hart, Doug Doppler and Greg Rapaport to name a few. Bassist Randy Coven also turns in an amazing performance on "Star Spangled Banner".

Reviewer Robert Silverstein writes in the liner notes, "When you remember that Jimi Hendrix was heading toward a jazz rock fusion sound before he died, then you'll realize that Third Stone From The Sun is just the sort of album that Jimi would dig."
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Matias Kupiainen: stratovarious polaris samples

Matias Kupiainen and Stratovarious studio update... this sounds like a top album with Matias Kupiainen and Jens Johansson slugging it on guitar and keyboards respectively!

Work in progress III

Victor Smolski: new instructional dvd


Victor Smolski has just released his first-ever instructional DVD, entitled "School Of Metal". buy on line

Custom player of Victor Smolski examples

Ross The Boss: downloading is killing music

Metal sucks interviewed Ross The Boss, former Manowar guitarist

Ross the boss:
I certainly can. Okay, so two weeks before my record was to be released on AFM in Germany, it was available online in Russia. By thieves. So anyone who wanted could just go there and get it. This happens to every single group that tries to release a record and puts out promo copies to journalists that probably for 15-100 euros sends it off to a friend in Russia or wherever. Then it is illegally downloaded. So what happens is the artists get f**ked in the ass.

The record company gets f**ked in the ass and will eventually have to close its doors and not sign anymore groups. So the scene gets destroyed. The record company gets destroyed. The artist can't make any money from his work. They have to just go on touring and selling merchandise. Eventually the whole scene will just evaporate.

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Kostas Karamitroudis: gus g eternal decent interview part 2

Eternal Descent TV Now in High Definition! Gus G of Firewind, talks with Llexi leon and Rob Sutherland about Eternal Descent, Comic books, Shred Guitar, Salad, and Incineration. Part 2

Davide Pagano: guitar idol 2009 heat 3

Another one of my favourite players Davide Pagano, an excellent composition brilliantly executed... Please vote

Shawn Lane: lanes blitz forum

Memphis Monster is now: http://www.lanesblitz.com/forum/

Here Shawn Lane plays a medley of 3 movie themes. First Shawn plays "Journey to the Line" from the movie "The Thin Red Line" (on keys), followed by "Omaha Beach" from "Saving Private Ryan" (on guitar), then "St. Crispin's Day - The Battle of Agincourt" from the movie "Henry V" (on keys).

Just so you can compare.... here are the original versions of those 3 tunes :

- Journey to the Line (from "The Thin Red Line") -

- Omaha Beach (from "Saving Private Ryan") -

- St. Crispin's Day / The Battle of Agincourt" (from "Henry V")

Shawn Lane - Movie Medley (keyboard & guitar) (AUDIO)

Eddie Van Halen: guns and roses the biggest double bill of all time?


Rumours are flying that rock legends Guns N' Roses and Van Halen are teaming up to tour. read the rumour... would you want tickets?!

John 5: metal nurse interview... no seriously metal nurse interview!

The Metal Nurse interviews John 5 @ The Coffin Case Booth @ NAMM 2009

Orianthi: gets a prs 24

Orianthi says:
Hello everyone! I have been in the studio this week laying down some additional guitars for some of my tracks and i am really happy with the way they turned out.

I am so excited to now be a spokesperson for the PRS Custom 24 ..the ads will be out very soon! It is a real honor to be a part of the PRS family!

Simone Fiorletta: studio bound with some great name players

Lion Music confirm that Simone Fiorletta is off to the studio.

20th February sees Simone Fiorletta heading to the studio to begin the recording of his new solo album. Drums will be recordings at "BlabLab" by Sandro Assante while the others instruments will be recorded at "SF Studio" by Simone Fiorletta as well as all editing, mixing and mastering will be done by Simone as well.

The line up is: Simone Fiorletta - gtr, Andrea De Paoli (Labyrinth) - keys, Matteo Raggi - bass and Marco Aiello - drums. Special guests: Neil Zaza, Mistheria (B. Dickinson), Walter Cerasani, Fabrizio Auri, Armando

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Charly Sahona: venturia guitarist prepares a solo release

Charly Sahona has began writing for a solo album tentatively entitled "Naked Thoughts From A Silent Chaos". The album will consist of 8 or 9 tracks with vocals with the direction being a more straightforward brand of metal than that heard on the last Venturia album "Hybrid".

The new solo album will be tracks built around heavy riffs, catchy vocal lines and crazy solos with all guitar work and vocals handled by Charly himself. Fellow Venturia musicians Diego Rapacchietti (drums) and Thomas James (bass) will provide the rhythm section.

Charly is keen to stress that this doesn't mean the end for Venturia - far from it - as writing for the third Venturia album will commence in May and Charly has hinted the sound will also be heavier and more direct than that heard on last years "Hybrid".

A release for "Naked Thoughts From A Silent Chaos" is anticipated in the 3rd quarter of 2009 on Lion Music.
No names for guest guitarists yet, but I do know Richard Daude lives in the same area!

Frank Caruso: a reminder that 24 strings is just days away


Frank Caruso With Strings 24 Out In Shop: Strings 24's debut CD is sooming soon! The album will be released on Lion Music Records and it's due in the stores in March 20, 2009.

Strings 24 are a new project created by Frank Caruso, Stefano “Sebo” Xotta and Gianluca Ferro. These three axemen coming from different musical experiences decided to mix their styles into a new band dedicated to guitar, with the aim to raise its musical expression and compositional potential. The bands name comes from the three guitarist’s use of 8 string guitars (3x8=24).

Frank Caruso - Guitar.
Stefano “Sebo” Xotta - Guitar.
Gianluca Ferro - Guitar.
Gabriele Baroni - Bass.
Roberto Gualdi - Drums.
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Hammond on “Remember Blues”
Lorenzo Feliciati - Bass on “Remember Blues” and “Go Down Peter!”


Mathieu Rach: buy shares in matt

Become a MattRach Investor & Producer on SPIDART:
The days of only major music labels making decisions on what we listen too are over. Now the listeners can have a hand in what the future may hold. I invite you to participate in this opportunity and
thank you all in advance for your encouragement and support.

If you like my work and have faith in my abilities i could use your help to keep my music alive and growing. You can become a producer and investor for my music........

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Silvio Gazquez: new web site in the planning stage

Early days yet, but coming soon Silvio Gazquez has a new web site planned. More details when the web site is complete. http://www.silviogazquez.com/

Nicolas Waldo: shredding like crazy!

Nicolas Waldo shredding like crazy on his latest track

NICOLAS WALDO Guitar player ESP Guitars Artist Playing the Song ARKANGELS - 2009

Alex Hutchings: bristol blue class plays rotosound

Jazz/fusion virtuoso Alex Hutchings with his recent promo short for Rotosound Music Strings. The main track is from the forthcoming Custom Fusion series available soon, exclusively from http://www.bluesjamtracks.com
For more info on Rotosound strings visit http://www.rotosound.com. This guy is awesome... even more so on my new lap top!