Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Sam Bell: shred just got shreddier!

Sam Bell - Dylans Escape Plan Solo

Dallton Santos: the audio sessions II

I love this guys playing... more demo material posted!

Funk Malandro

Steve Vai: musicians institute, why you should go!

Guitar SteveVai

Derek Sherinian, Py Marani: new cd announced

Derek Sherinian on Outline album !!!
This is the big surprise and it's not a joke, Derek Sherinian play keyboard solo on Outline album. At this time, you can listen to him on Ubik, one of the two new and entire tracks from my album. I've made a quick mastering to send some copy to record label.

PY MARANI main guitar solo on " Ubik "

PY MARANI solo on Designer Stubble

Kee Marcello: new tour and album planned.

Kee Marcello says:
I'm very happy to announce the new lineup of K2:


On "upcoming shows" I have today published the first dates of the premiere tour with K2 in November of 2009, many more to come ...

The new album with K2 titled DOG EAT DOG is in the makings and is expected to be released in early 2010!

On the tour we will premiere songs from the new album ... YOU CAN NOT MISS THIS!!!

Dimitar Nalbantov: new project, new track!

Dimitar Nalbantov says: New track from my next project-album!!! Refreshing new tune, after a hard work in my new home...


I hope you will like it! :)


Benny Jansson: looking for a metal singer

SEARCHING FOR A "METAL SINGER”.... I’m searching for a metal singer (male or female) to cooperate with.....

If you are interested then please give me a link to your MySpace / Website so I can listen to your voice, I will contact you if I think you are the right person to cooperate with....


Take care hope to hear from you soon ....

Benny Jansson....

Magnus Olsson,Guthrie Govan, Mattias IA Eklundh: Denmark clinic!

Magnus Olsson says: DiMarzio/Ibanez clinic at Vintage Guitar Show DK,
I will be doing two DiMarzio/Ibanez clinics at the Vintage Guitar Show in Svendborg, Denmark the 26th and 27th of September. It is a two day complete guitar madness event and loads of other cool players will be there too, Guthrie Govan, Mattias IA Eklundh (both clinic and a Freak Kitchen show), Dave Kilmenister and many more. See their webpage and program http://www.vintage-show.dk/.
Dream Theater also performs at KB arena in Copenhagen the 27th, so it can be a super guitar day.

See you all there!

Jad Nasr: give me a riff!

Jad Nasr:
Hey there, This is my take for the Subway Bandit Riff Competition. I went a bit over the track time, but the extra is just 4 fun. This is my take for the Subway Bandit Riff Competition .
I went a bit over the track time, but the extra is just 4 fun. Cheers,

Give The Subway Bandit a Riff

Mateus Starling: gets a top fusion magazine review!

FUSION MAGAZINE - USA (13th september, 2009):
Kairos, the debut full length from Berklee grad Mateus Starling, is a compelling and innovative artistic achievement for the young guitarist and his band of remarkable musicians. Starling is joined for the first 6 tracks of the album by Chris Cabrera on bass, drummer Pablo Eluchans, and tenor sax player Jesse Scheinin, and finishes off the last two songs backed by bassist Caio Slonzon and drummer Edu Nali. Although the guitarist/composer is the star throughout the album, his band deserves a large amount of credit for adding depth and solidarity to Starling’s ideas. All the material on Kairos was recorded as a live ensemble, for reasons which Starling himself explains best. “My expectation was to capture the interaction of the band on the solos and to have that kind of energy that we hear on most of the old jazz projects,” he says. As a result, Kairos is full of energy and life, and documents a band that knows how to listen to and answer each other while remaining locked into tight grooves.

The album’s first track, “Exodus,” kicks off with a strong bass line and impressively performed tenor sax solo and melody, and moves into an eerie guitar solo that feels more at home in the genre of experimental rock rather than straight ahead jazz. It’s followed by “Good Moments,” which features Hendrix-style effects put to good use on powerful jazz-rock riffs and an edgy melody. “Jerico,” one of the jazzier tracks, starts off with some quick drum rolls and dives into a racing melody. The song slows into a solo section, including a bass solo by Cabrera that builds up to the final chorus. The album keeps up the quick pulse with “Brazilian Funk,” a tune that delivers exactly what its title promises. The mood changes directions a few tracks later with the beautiful “Pai,” a jazz ballad that begins and ends with a lullaby-like guitar line, supported by smooth tenor sax throughout the piece. The final two cuts, although more stripped-down, highlight Starling’s exquisite tone and note choice. The album’s closer, “Ark,” really stands out as a haunting, slow tempo dirge, and finishes what can only be described as a musical journey with gentle ease.

Starling’s strengths (and there are many) seem to lie within his ability to write jazz melodies that incorporate his love of the rock guitarists that influenced his playing at a young age, as well as the Brazilian music he was surrounded with growing up in Rio de Janeiro. Just as noteworthy as the melodies, however, are Starling’s solos, played to perfection in each turn he takes. Kairos should and undoubtedly will succeed in establishing Mateus Starling as a young and important force in the world of free jazz and Brazilian rock.

Jonas Hansson: day at the circus

"A day at the circus" by Jonas Hansson

News: WE WANT YOU: get promotion!

Shred Junior wants you to blow him away!

As part of the service Truth In Shredding is providing, keeping you up to date with the latest guitar related news, reviews and interviews, we want to build up the promotional aspect of the blog. What I am looking for is new, high quality videos for the Truth In Shredding YouTube Channel...

How is this promotion I here you say?!?!?! We'll the channel has almost 1500 subscribers... all avid guitar fans... but that's not all (sounds like one of those TV commercials now!). You get a link back to a URL that you want to promote. Plus, your video also gets posted on facebook, myspace, twitter, orkut to more avid guitar fans... No but there's more!... you get posted on the main blog... which is read by 1000+ visitors per day and is syndicated to 500+ RSS readers... the coup de grace... you get featured on Guitar World's news feed! How cool is that! OK your saying... why will that benefit me?... well look at the people who have been featured on the youtube channel... Daniele Gottardo, Tom Quayle, Andy James... to name but a few, get the drift?

So what are we NOT looking for

1 The video must NOT have appeared before and / or is poor quality!
2 The video must NOT be a cover version
3 The video must NOT be a just a guitar solo with out a backing track!
4 The video must NOT be average!

What we ARE looking for

1 The video MUST be unique and not posted anywhere before and good quality video
2 The video MUST be jam over backing track
3 or The video MUST be an original composition
4 The video MUST have superb technique that will amaze guitar fans!

So how do you get that video to me?

Well use this form and I will contact you to discuss and organise the delivery of the video.

Here's an example of a video that was originally posted by me on google video and reposted on YouTube... The original video was sent to me by Arkadiy Starodoub... 2,822,620 views!

Hybrid Technics Number 1, Guitar Fusion

Alex Berserker: give me a riff!

This competition already nearing 100 video responses...check out the full list

Alex Berserker:
Hey! Alex Here,This is My entry to this competition,Is way heavier than my usual stuff!! Gotta love Meshuggah style! Who Says Fenders are not for METAL??

This Is for The Ones Who Say I Can't Play METAL


Mexican Fender Strat Standar
Ableton Live 8
Sony vegas 8
Ibanez starter Pack Bass
Boss GT - 8

Alex Berserker - Give Me A Riff Competition

Niels Vejlyt: infinity overture new cd

Infinity Overture are a Symphonic Power Metal band founded in Denmark in 2005 by guitarist Niels Vejlyt who set about writing compositions of great intensity and beauty. To ensure the music is accessible for all rock fans Niels set about crafting songs that are home to memorable verses and choruses, and these were then fused with more traditional epic metal arrangements and symphonic elements. The music of the bands debut 'Kingdom Of Utopia' is big and explosive in places with insane guitar solos, yet balanced by subtle melodic breaks and big harmonies. With ‘Kingdom Of Utopia’, Infinity Overture are set to make a big impact in the world of symphonic power metal with the quality of material heard on this, their debut release.

This blend of melodic metal and the symphonic orchestra, was strong enough to make vocalist Ian Parry (Consortium Project , Elegy) join the band and it was his vision that provided not only all the lyrics but the story concept on which the album is based.

Ian Parry’s distinctive and powerful vocals take Infinity Overture’s sound to a higher level. Soon after Mads Volf (drums - from Manticora) and Mads Damgaard (bass) joined the band when they heard the quality of the material. To finalise the sound Infinity Overture still needed another element to be completed, this final piece was found in female lead vocalist Lene Pedersen whose style is the perfect contrast to Parry's. Now Infinity Overture are ready to take their sound to the live stage with support slots for Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and headline gigs having already been played.

“Kingdom Of Utopia” was mixed by Sascha Paeth and Miro, the production team responsible for albums by Rhapsody Of Fire, Kamelot and Angra (amongst others) in conjunction with Niels Vejlyt.

“Infinity Overture - Kingdom Of Utopia” will be released in standard CD and a strictly limited edition first pressing only “Deluxe” CD/DVD dual pack. The DVD features band interviews, videos and much more.

Niels Vejlyt started out by being obsessed by the electric guitar at an early age. Since then he has developed a superb technique and formidable compositional skills. In the past Niels has done two guitar instructional DVD's for Chops From Hell, and one for Shred Academy. Right now Niels make is teaching large amounts of guitar students every week in Denmark, and his DVD’s have been sold worldwide. From this Niels has gained great popularity in the Shred guitar community.

A lyrical concept story written by Ian Parry with music composed by Niels Vejlyt

Long ago there existed a kingdom and in that kingdom lived the gentiles. A peace loving people whose skills covered a wonderful variety of gifted crafts from architects to painters and philosophers to mathematicians. Over 1. millennia their understanding of a balance between man and nature evolved. They created a language understood throughout their world and the essence of this unique form of communication was its principle, “purity of mind”. Their talents helped them create methods for enhancing the natural resources within the ground. They combining rich soils with stone and formed these elements into a hardened rock, which they shaped into different forms and sizes.

From this new source they built colossal structures and temples long before the Maya’s and their domain became a forbidden place to the outside world.

These 2. great believers saw a world of the future in perfect harmony. Their strength and power came from words and not the sword. Communication formed a unity of ideas, which side by side formed together as one. This ancient language had helped them to survive for thousands of years.

Alas for the first time this tranquil peaceful society would come under treat. Unbeknown to the gentiles 3. a warrior king called Maddogcladees began building his own empire. An empire for emperors belonging to his forefather’s tribe. A portrait from their tribal paintings of long ago, showed his forefathers had predicted the birth of a warrior king. Now finally his own Mandie Empire was complete and his destiny clear. He must lead his people into battle whatever the cost.

Believing in the consolation of the stars, the stars proclaimed the existence of a 4. wonderland. There they would find a city of angels. And so they set-off in search of this lost world into the great frontier. The gentiles not realising the existence of others, had built these magnificent 5. temples of doom. These temples would draw the strangers closer to them, finally placing their race under direct treat.

Maddogcladees so it was written was destined to become the ultimate ruler. A pharaoh in his kingdom

the 6. kingdom of utopia. Anticipating a great battle full of glory the unexpected happened. The gentiles did not rise-up in anger, but instead greeted the warriors with open arms. They sent forward their most precious gift of all, their immaculate being. Their princess whose beauty was so stunning would steal the warrior’s heart. Astonishingly Maddogcladees this fierce warrior king would fall in love with one so fair and kind. In his eyes she was the one; his 7. queen of hearts.

Believing her to be part of his destiny, he took this fair maiden as his bride to be. He decreed that there marriage was a bond uniting these two peoples. And so the princess became the mother of pearl watching over the Mandie tribe and the Gentiles throughout this great new world.

The warrior king stood by his queen’s side and lay down his sword. For a while he kept it close by in case the good times turned to bad. This unity as he thought would not last and his soldiers became restless. Their king swore an oath that he would bring them gold and riches beyond belief. How could this place be their kingdom of utopia, whilst the riches their king had promised never appeared.

Only their king was happy with his new bride.

However fate would come to their rescue. Slowly the waters around this kingdom would begin to rise. The rains poured down bringing a great flood. Many were reluctant to leave, but the warrior king believed they must flee this precious land. The stars would lead them to safety pointing the way to a haven. Although it was hard to leave their past behind they built a massive boat. An impressive structure being only one of a kind they set-off travelling to a place they could not see on the other side of nowhere. Crossing what to them seemed like 8. oceans of time they battled on together through rough seas and stormy weather.

Finally warrior and gentiles alike would find their Utopia, a safe place on high ground with an abundance of fruit and fresh water. Multi-coloured birds filled the skies and tame animals wandered freely. The great floods resided and as it was predicted they had found their paradise. Finally this proud nation could rejoice in their new land. In honour of their gods and ancestors they built a monument on the highest mountain where they placed 9. a sacred fire and lit an eternal flame to protect and shine across this peaceful sacred land.

sound sample

01. Millenia.
02. The Great Believers.
03. Warrior King.
04. Wonderland.
05. Temples Of Doom.
06. Kingdom Of Utopia.
07. Queen Of Hearts.
08. Oceans Of Time.
09. Sacred Fire.
10. War Cry.

Ian Parry - Male Lead Vocals
Lene Petersen - Female Lead Vocals
Anne Karine Prip - Female Lead Vocals
Niels Vejlyt - Guitar
Kyle Honea - Bass
Mads Damgaard - Bass
Mads Volf – Drums

Live band:
Ian Parry - Male Lead Vocals
Lene Petersen - Female Vocals
Niels Vejlyt - Guitar
Mads Damgaard - Keys
Jakob Vand - Drums
Simon Westergaard - Bass

Joop Wolters: acoustic sunrise!


Marcos De Ros: greensleeves part 1

Not the Henry VIII version!

Greensleeves instrumental part 1. Marcos De Ros.

Adam Ironside: new pedal blog that's right up your alley!

Yes you need a new pedal blog that's right up your alley! Dirt Box: The Home For All Noisy Effects Pedals: http://www.dirtbox.cjb.net/ this is going to be a one stop shop for people with GAS issues, pedal mayhem and fuzzbox overload!

Sami Saarinen: status minor new CD announced

Another cool band, top guitar and vocals coming your way!

Freshly signed to Lion Music in early 2009, Finnish melodic progressive metallers Status Minor deliver their debut album “Dialog” on September 11th 2009. Home to seven catchy progressive metal masterpieces, this is a debut that is both modern in sound and outlook with a fresh melodic edge mixed with the heavier side of progressive metal, and one that sees guitar and keyboards form a tight yet open partnership backed up by the tight rhythm section over strong rhythms and arrangements. Vocalist Markku Kuikka has a tonality which serves up a darker flavour than the more traditional progressive metal voice, further aiding the bands distinct sound and holds more crossover appeal potential.

Status Minor - Studio session 3

With their debut album Status Minor have delivered an album that is a strong marriage between song craft and musicianship all wrapped with a dark edge and overtone.

Lyrically the album touches on subjects of human emotions, problems and acts between people. The pinnacle of the album is the title song “Dialog”, an emotionally charged track with a running length over 15 minutes. For the title track the band used voice actors to strengthen the mood which, when blended with the band musical prowess makes for a very satisfying metal experience from this original and highly captivating track.

Comprised of five highly competent musicians, Status Minor’s foundations were laid by guitarist Sami Saarinen in 2002, and little by little the line-up evolved to what it is today: Markku Kuikka - vocals, Jukka Karinen - keyboards, Eero Pakkanen – bass and Rolf Pilve - drums. The bands musical roots and influences are wide-spread which helps with the bands creativity, yet the band are able to define their own take on progressive metal with a great deal of adaptability.

Having released two promotional international press praised EPs prior to signing with Lion Music, along with a good deal of live performances allowed Status Minor the time to forge their own sound and write songs that have ultimately led to the quality heard on their full length debut album.

Status Minor are another band propelling the Scandinavian progressive metal scene onto new heights, and comes recommended for fans of label mates Seventh Wonder and Mind’s Eye along with those of Evergrey and Vanden Plas.


Sound samples

01. Something More [5:17]
02. Out Of These Streets [5.38]
03. Stand And Think [3.54]
04. Masquerade [5.31]
05. Fade Away [6.23]
06. Machine [4.11]
07. Dialog [15.44]
act i – act ii – act iii

Ruokangas Hell cat custom 7-string. You can hear the full song in www.myspace.com/spsaarinen

Sami Saarinen Faster uncle Fester

Sami Saarinen Blues and Dragons

Sami Saarinen Mood disorder