Stéphan Forté,Jon Bloomer: Guitar Noize radar goes off the dial for new release

The first the thing that piqued my interest was the impressive list of guest artists appearing on his debut solo album ‘The Shadows Compendium‘: Jeff Loomis, Mattias IA Eklundh, Glen Drover, Derek Taylor and Daniele Gottardo. However when I listen to the album I find that I totally forget that there are any guest artists, Stephan’s style is very close to Jeff Loomis and in fact you really have to concentrate to hear when Jeff is playing. I would actually say Stephan is a mixture of Jeff Loomis, Yyngwie Malmsteen and Jason Becker he has the most incredible technique and phrasing and makes extensive use of Diminshed and Harmonic Minor scales to craft his melodies and has ultra heavy accompanying rhythms. It is more obvious when the guest guitarist has a totally different style such as Mattias IA Eklundh who guests on ‘De Praestigiis Daemonum‘, a track which by the way reminds me a lot of early Jason Becker, Mattias has a very distinctive tone and playing style so he stands out. full review

Stéphan Forté "The Shadows Compendium" Solo Album Teaser Trailer

Stéphan Forté at the recent Jason Becker Fest


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