Posts Tagged “Guitar Virtuoso”

Jorge Fretes of Spain’s GoetiaMedia.com recently conducted an interview with guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne‘s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Gus G.‘s debut solo album, “I Am The Fire”, will be released on March 18 in North America via Century Media Records.

“I Am The Fire” track listing:

01. My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)
02. Blame It On Me (featuring Mats Levén)
03. I Am The Fire (featuring Devour The Day)
04. Vengeance (featuring David Ellefson)
05. Long Way Down (featuring Alexia Rodriguez)
06. Just Can’t Let Go (featuring Jacob Bunton)
07. Terrified (featuring Billy Sheehan)
08. Eyes Wide Open (featuring Mats Levén)
09. Redemption (featuring Michael Starr)
10. Summer Days (featuring Jeff Scott Soto)
11. Dreamkeeper (featuring Tom S. Englund)
12. End Of The Line (featuring Mats Levén)

The cover artwork, pictured below, was designed by Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, KAMELOT, DREAM EVIL).

The video for the album’s opening track, “My Will Be Done” (featuring Mats Levén), was produced by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.

Gus handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on “I Am The Fire”, and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that help bring his vision to fruition: drummers Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER, DEVO) and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), bassists David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O’Brien (TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN, LITA FORD), and vocalists Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, TALISMAN, ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN).

“I Am The Fire” was mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER) and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus‘ home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album’s tracks include “Eyes Wide Open”, “Redemption”, “End Of The Line” and “Blame It On Me”. The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to Gus G.‘s soulful playing.

Gus G. has had an amazing rise within the worldwide rock and metal scenes and has amassed an impressive body of work, both in studio and touring. He emerged as an up-and-coming talent with the groups DREAM EVIL (Sweden), MYSTIC PROPHECY (Germany) and NIGHTRAGE (Greece), but it is his work with his own band FIREWIND (who have released seven studio albums and two live releases) and as a member of Ozzy Osbourne‘s band that have helped him emerge as one of the world’s top metal and rock guitarists. His work on Ozzy‘s “Scream” album led to a Grammy nomination in 2010, and his list of accolades includes Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Metal Guitarist,” the “Dimebag Darrell Shredder” award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, and Metal Hammer Greece “Best Guitarist” on four separate occasions.

“I Am The Fire” video:

“I Am The Fire” album EPK:

“My Will Be Done” video:

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Touring for over a span of seven years since age sixteen, first with late WARRANT singer Jani Lane and in more recent years with LIZZY BORDEN, metal guitar virtuoso Dario Lorina will release his first solo recording, entitled simply “Dario Lorina”, on September 10 via Shrapnel Records.

Growing up listening to guitarists such as Randy Rhoads, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch and Eddie Van Halen, Dario‘s music harkens back to the glory days of high-caliber shred guitar, the genre of which Shrapnel Records was a founding force.

Dario Lorina‘s debut solo CD reveals a guitarist brimming with extreme musical ability. This guitarist brings more diverse influences into play than the average neo-classical riff monger. While technically proficient like all of the label’s guitar instrumentalists, Dario‘s CD isn’t just about shredding. It’s an American guitar instrumental album having more in common with riffs reminiscent of Paul Gilbert, George Lynch and Eddie Van Halen than the European influence of guitarists such as Yngwie Malmsteen.

Dario‘s debut CD is a powerful all-instrumental CD drenched in attitude-filled guitar work, backed by a thundering hard rock rhythm section.

Points of Interest

* Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD had this to say, “I think Dario Lorina is one Amazing guitar player! Having known him for many years, he never ceases to amaze me every time we hang out and jam! He blew me away when he played with us in Vegas. A true talent and an amazingly nice guy.”
* Boasting thirteen phenomenal new instrumental tracks, Dario proves why he is considered by many of his peers to be a true guitarist’s guitarist.
* Dario Lorina has remained in the public eye through heavy touring, first with Jani Lane and later with LIZZY BORDEN with whom he continues to perform.
* Dario has been featured in Guitar Player magazine and Europe’s Guitare Xtreme magazine.
* Dario was featured in the Music Star Productions All Star DVD (2008) with George Lynch, Bruce Kulick, Jennifer Batten as “Next Generation Of Rock Guitar”.
* Dario has his own signature guitar model with LAG Guitars, founded in 1980 and headquartered in Bedarieux, France.

“Dario Lorina” track listing:

01. Demon Rum
02. Pipe Dreams
03. My Heroine
04. Villains
05. Silhouettes
06. Feels Good
07. House Of The Rising Sun
08. Alive
09. Ambrosia
10. Words Unspoken
11. Sacksong
12. Revolutions
13. Amor Odium

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Guitar virtuoso also admits the band likely won’t work together in the next nine months.

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There may be contenders and pretenders, but the Bach– and Paganini-inspired Yngwie J. Malmsteen remains the undisputed king of neoclassical shred guitar. The legendary guitar virtuoso and composer’s influence on the guitar world is undeniable. Yngwie has become the most revolutionary, copied and talked-about guitar hero since Eddie Van Halen. He is also one of the most spontaneous. What he’ll do next is always a mystery. His impact is all that is certain.

Thump Music has announced that it has secured Yngwie Malmsteen for an extremely rare and exclusive masterclass tour. See, hear and experience the master of the vibrato teach, empower and share insights into his incomparable career.

“My clinics are a show in themselves,” proclaims Malmsteen. Thump‘s founder, Jon Carruthers, adds, “Yngwie‘s jaw-dropping wizardry and fretboard pyrotechnics will challenge your mind and help you to achieve your musical dreams.”

Yngwie‘s 2013 Australian masterclass tour dates:

Dec. 09 – Brisbane
Dec. 10 – Sydney
Dec. 11 – Melbourne
Dec. 13 – Perth

Malmsteen recently released his autobiography entitled “Relentless: The Memoir” via Wiley.

In “Relentless”, Malmsteen relives the greatest and worst moments of his storied career as one of the most admired, talked about, and emulated guitarists in the world — from how he managed to buy his first Strat and assemble his first wall of Marshall amps to the truth behind the title of his 2005 “Unleash The Fury” album and beyond.

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Reuben Archer has released the video to the debut single from Reuben Archer’s Personal Sin, his new solo project with Stampede guitar virtuoso Rob Wolverson.

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On the heels of the recently announced collaboration with SAVATAGE and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitar virtuoso Chris Caffery, New York-based outfit THE INFINITE STAIRCASE has added a few more recognizable names in the hard rock and heavy metal community to its forthcoming EP, this time in the form of the album’s producer/drummer Morgan Rose’s longtime bandmates, SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery a

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Lion Records has checked in with the following announcement about releasing the “Astral Projection” album from George Bellas: “Screaming Guitar, Eccentric Rhythms, Outlandish Sounds, and Grandiose Forms are just some words to describe ‘Astral Projection’ the killer new album from world acclaimed guitar virtuoso George Bellas out on June 21st 2013 via Lion Music and available to pre-order now on iTunes at this location . “Astral Projection is home to 15 new compositions which are an amalgamation of guitar saturated songs and epic progressive instrumentals packed with chaotic guitar improvisations; mind-twisting rhythms; emotionally intense lyrical themes; and advanced explorations of modern melodic, harmonic and rhythmic principles that are combined with classical elements of counterpoint, harmony and form.” Joining Bellas once again is drummer Marco Minnemann, on whose performances George comments, “It’s always a pleasure working with Marco and hearing him humanise the drum parts I composed and also add his unique sense of style and finesse.

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Guitar virtuoso giving fans a full preview of his upcoming effort prior to tomorrow’s release.

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ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitar virtuoso John 5 was named “Best Guitarist” at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show presented by Epiphone this past Thursday (May 2) at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.

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ADRENALINE MOB — the band featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP) and DISTURBED bassist John Moyer — released “Covertá”, an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the group’s favorite songs, on March 12.

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