Rising Fusion Guitar Virtuoso Jason Kui Releases New Video for “Polarized”

Rising Fusion Guitar Virtuoso JASON KUI Releases New Video for “Polarized” 

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New Album, Absence Of Words, out Worldwide on October 13 | Pre-Order Here 

Prosthetic Records recently welcomed Hong Kong-based rock/blues musician and composer JASON KUI to its roster and will release his debut album, Absence of Words, for the first time outside of Hong Kong on October 13, 2017. Absence of Words features diverse sounds – modern metal, hard rock, funk, and ballad – while integrating rock lead techniques and compelling melodies throughout. Pre-order the new album here: http://smarturl.it/JasonKui

Today marks the release of JASON KUI‘s first new single, “Polarized”, via live performance music video. Watch here: https://youtu.be/Mhn3ylH95ZU

JASON KUI says: “The main hook came to me when I was in the Netherlands – a mix of technical and melodic. It captured the modern rock instrumental sound that I had in mind. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album, and it’s the most challenging song for me to play live, fun to play though.” 

JASON KUI is a session and touring guitarist who has worked with many well-known artists throughout Hong Kong and China, and credits iconic guitarists Eddie Van Halen, John Petrucci and Andy Timmons as major influencers. Kui started his career as a sideman at the age of 23, and has played countless shows at the Coliseum, Hong Kong’s largest venue which seats 12,500. He recently finished a two-year world tour as lead guitarist for Eason Chan, the legendary Hong Kongsinger.  The 135-show tour included venues in China, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, including Madison Square Garden. The two finale shows were performed at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium to sellout crowds totaling 100,000 people. 

Kui’s new album, Absence of Words, was mixed and mastered in New York by Matthew Sim at Germano Studios and Alex Psaroudakis at Sterling Sound and features several other guest musicians, including one of the most in-demand bassists in Hong Kong, Chan Siu Kei, as well as American modern metal drum virtuoso, Anup Sastry. Sastry played on all the tracks on the album and his unique, modern sound and incredible techniques are recognizable in every song.

Stay tuned for more upcoming content advancing the release of Absence of Words.

Absence of Words track listing:

  1. Polarized
  2. Reactive Impulse
  3. Morning Breeze (featuring Rafa De la Garza)
  4. Dance of Awakening (The Spirit)
  5. Squeaky Switch
  6. Now! You! Know! (featuring Josh Smith)
  7. Moving On

JASON KUI online:

www.facebook.com/jasonkui

SoCal Heavy Metal Shredders EXMORTUS Announce Tour Dates With Darkest Hour And Warbringer

SoCal-based neoclassical shredders EXMORTUS are already gearing up to hit the road later this month with modern thrashers Lich King, touring September 27 in San Francisco, CA through September 30 in Fullerton, CA. Today, the band is thrilled to announce another group of upcoming dates with metal masters Darkest Hour and thrash band Warbringer. The dates will begin in Las Vegas, NV on December 1 and hit a total of 10 cities, ending in Upland, CA on December 15. See below for a full listing of all confirmed EXMORTUS tour dates. 

The band says, “We’re stoked to hit the road again with Darkest Hour and good friends Warbringer! Come out and get your craniums crushed and minds melted!” 

EXMORTUS 2017 Tour Dates:

w/ Lich King

9/27 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge

9/28 San Jose, CA – The Ritz

9/29 Long Beach, CA – Di Piazza’s

9/30 Fullerton, CA – The Riff Haus

w/ Darkest Hour and Warbringer

12/01 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar

12/02 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick

12/03 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge

12/07 Spokane, WA- The Pin

12/08 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven

12/09 Vancouver, BC – The Venue

12/10 Portland, OR – Analog Theater

12/12 Fresno, CA – Strummers

12/14 Los Angeles, CA – 1720

12/15 Upland, CA – Gideon’s Hall

Get a taste of EXMORTUS‘ high-octane, animated live performances via their music video for the track “For The Horde”, featuring behind-the-scenes and live footage recorded from their tour with Children of  Bodom, Abbath and Oni. Recorded and directed by James Pesature of Magnetar Studios, the video can be streamed via YouTube: https://youtu.be/ItpE5oTGf-0

Debuting at #12 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Charts, EXMORTUS‘ most recent full-length album, Ride Forth, was recorded with Zack Ohren (Immolation, Suffocation) and features an “irresistible mix of thrash, death metal and shred”, according to MetalSucks. Get your copy now at www.store.prostheticrecords.com/b/exmortus.

Digital downloads are also available at:

Amazon MP3: https://amzn.com/B0171RHM2S

iTunes: https://itun.es/i6SZ82h

Google Play: http://bit.ly/1kumqrW

Bandcamp: https://exmortus-official.bandcamp.com/

EXMORTUS is:

Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez – vocals/guitar

David Rivera – guitar

Mario Moreno – drums

EXMORTUS online:

www.exmortusmusic.com

www.facebook.com/exmortusofficial

www.twitter.com/exmortusband

www.exmortus-official.bandcamp.com

Tom Keifer Deluxe Edition Of Debut Album, ‘The Way Life Goes,’ Set For Release October 20TH

TOM KEIFER once sang, “You’re only going once around the ride.”

He’s proving that theory wrong with the highly anticipated release of THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION, an expanded compilation of his critically acclaimed solo debut album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, chock full of bonus content and exclusive artwork.

THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION is finally set for release October 20 on Cleopatra Records. Pre-orders are now available on Amazon and Cleopatra’s website. The package will include the original album that has been remastered by Richard Dodd (Kings of   Leon, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum). It also has two brand new studio tracks recorded in Nashville by three-time Grammy® Award-winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) with KEIFER and his bandmates (#keiferband: Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Paul Simmons, Paul Taylor, Savannah Keifer, and Kendra Chantelle). Fans will finally get to hear the long-awaited studio recording of The Beatles“With A Little Help From My Friends,” which KEIFER performs at all of his concerts, plus a compelling new take on the Cinderella classic “Nobody’s Fool,” newly recorded as a duet with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.

The reason that I picked up the guitar, the reason that I sing the way I do, was all because of that guy,” said Hale of KEIFER’s influence on her at a young age. The two first performed “Nobody’s Fool” live together in Atlantic City, NJ in September 2013.

“I remember the first time seeing Lzzy perform live at the House of Blues show in Atlantic City and being floored by the power of her voice and performance,” KEIFER continues. “She’s an amazing artist and has been a great inspiration to me as well.”

There will also be a bonus DVD with music videos, tour clips, and “The Way Life’s Goin,’” a 30-minute documentary produced by Tammy Vega (KEIFER’s longtime official photographer) about the creation of the bonus tracks, exclusive interviews with the band filmed during the new recording sessions, and live footage.

THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION will be wrapped in an all new six-panel digipak designed by artist David Calcano (creator of the Fantoons comic strip series) with 20 pages of one-of-a-kind unique illustrations depicting each song.

As KEIFER explains, “Everything from the new artwork, documentary, videos and bonus tracks contained in the DELUXE EDITION is a sum of all the amazingly talented people who came into our world as a result of the initial release. The two bonus tracks were specially chosen and recorded as we felt them both to be exclusive collaborations that came about while touring for THE WAY LIFE GOES.”

New band members Jarred Pope (drums), and Kory Myers (keyboards/vocals) join the #keiferband lineup in 2017. Writing has begun for a follow-up to THE WAY LIFE GOES with recording slated for Fall 2018.

Here’s the complete track listing for THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION:

DISC 1: CD

  1. Solid Ground
  2. A Different Light
  3. It’s Not Enough
  4. Cold Day In Hell
  5. Thick and Thin
  6. Ask Me Yesterday
  7. Fool’s Paradise
  8. The Flower Song
  9. Mood Elevator
  10. Welcome To My Mind
  11. You Showed Me
  12. Ain’t That A Bitch
  13. The Way Life Goes
  14. Babylon

BONUS TRACKS

  1. Nobody’s Fool feat. Lzzy Hale
  2. With A Little Help From My Friends
  3. Nobody’s Fool (Piano Version)

DISC 2: DVD

Chapter 1) The Way Life’s Goin’ (Documentary)

Chapter 2) Solid Ground (Music video)

Chapter 3) The Flower Song (Music video)

Chapter 4) It’s Not Enough (Music video)

Chapter 5) It’s Not Enough (Lyric video)

Chapter 6) Album Promo

Chapter 7) Cathouse Live

Chapter 8) Count Vamp’d Las Vegas

Chapter 9) Farm Rock Chicago

Check out TOM KEIFER at any of the following tour stops:

DATE               CITY                                         VENUE

Sat 9/23            Hopewell, VA                            Beacon Theatre

Sun 9/24           Big Flats, NY                            Tag’s Summerstage

Thu 10/5            Irving, TX                                  The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory

Fri 10/6             Lexington, KY                           Manchester Music Hall

Wed 10/11        New York, NY                           B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Thu 10/12          Derry, NH                                  Tupelo Music Hall

Fri 10/13           Chester, PA                              The Block at Harrah’s Casino

Sat 10/14          Warrendale, PA                         Jergel’s Rhythm Grille

Fri 10/20           Little Rock, AR                          Arkansas State Fair

Sat 10/28          Denver, CO                               Fillmore Auditorium

Fri 11/3             Galveston, TX                           Lone Star Rally at Saengerfest Park

Sat 11/4            San Antonio, TX                        The Rock Box

Thu 11/9            Pasadena, CA                           The Rose

Fri 11/10           Santa Clarita, CA                       The Canyon

Sat 11/11          Big Bear Lake, CA                     The Cave

Sun 11/12         San Juan Capistrano, CA           The Coach House

Thu 12/7            Joliet, IL                                    The Forge

Fri 12/8             Dubuque, IA                              Q Casino

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Thrashers Heretic Releasing “A Game You Cannot Win”

Mid-80’s thrash metal holds a soft spot for so many metal fans.  For “us,” it was the real rise of our favorite music.  A lot of bands were birthed during this very active period, many that would play their own part in the genre’s overall mega popularity.

HERETIC is a band some may remember.  Featured on Metal Blade’s popular Metal Massacre compilation series (specifically Volume 7), the Southern California-based band found immediate attention via the comp, and it resulted in the 1988 release of their debut, The Breaking Point.

Shortly after release, things immediately changed for Heretic.  Vocalist Mike Howe staged his exit to join Metal Church while founding guitarist Brian Korban, in turn, would go on to form Reverend with then exiting Metal Church vocalist David Wayne.  Despite a favorable response to The Breaking Point, Heretic quickly went silent.

In 2011, Korban with vocalist Julian Mendez, Hirax guitarist Glenn Rogers, and bassist Angelo Espino would reform Heretic.  The band would see the release of their second album, A Time Of Crisis (Metal Blade) putting an end to a 20-year gap recording gap.

Now signed to Dissonance Productions, Heretic is set to release their third album, A Game You Cannot Win.  Upon signing with the UK-based label, Espino said, “Heretic is proud and excited to become part of the Dissonance Productions family. We are honored to be associated with a record label that has such a great line up of “classic” metal acts. We are eager to dig in and get our hands dirty.”
Dissonance owner Steve Beatty added, “I am stoked to have this great band on the label. This record blew me away and is a fast lane favorite.  I hope I don’t get another speeding ticket! A combination of precision and muscle, not to be messed with.”

Heretic is:
Julian Mendez – Vocals
Brian Korban – Guitars
Angelo Espino – Bass
Stuart Fujinami – Guitars
Ignazio “Iggy” Coppola – Drums

Official Links:
www.heretic.rock
www.facebook.com/HERETICUSA/
www.facebook.com/DissonanceProductionsUK/

Savage Messiah Sign With Century Media Records; Announce New Album & Reveal Debut Single, “Hands Of Fate”

CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS is proud to announce the worldwide signing of British heavy metal outfit SAVAGE MESSIAH, who will release their fourth full-length album, entitled “Hands Of Fate“, on October 27, 2017.

Recorded at Rockfield Studios Monmouth (Black Sabbath, Rush, Queen), “Hands Of Fate” was produced by Scott Atkins (Cradle of Filth) and mastered by Dave Collins (Metallica, Soundgarden, Linkin Park). The cover art, as seen above, was completed by Travis Smith (Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth).

SAVAGE MESSIAH are excited to reveal the first listen with the music video debut for the album’s title track, which can be seen streaming below or directly at http://smarturl.it/HANDSOFFATEYoutube.

“Hands Of Fate” is also available as a digital single on all streaming and download platforms along with being offered as an Instant Grat track on iTunes and Amazon.
Get it here: http://smarturl.it/SavageMessiahHOF

The band added, “We’re so pleased to announce teaming up with CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. This represents a big step for SAVAGE MESSIAH and we look forward to working on our new album together and taking the band to the next level and beyond!

SAVAGE MESSIAH is:
David Silver – lead guitar, vocals
Sam S Junior – lead guitar, backing vocals
Mira Slama – bass guitar
Andrea Gorio – drums

SAVAGE MESSIAH online:
https://www.savagemessiahofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/SavageMessiah
https://www.instagram.com/savagemessiahofficial/
https://twitter.com/SavageMessiaH

Tucson Arizona’s Scare Card Is Ready To Rock!

Tucson, Arizona’s SCARE CARD are living proof that raw talent, ambition, and honesty can still prevail in today’s’ ever changing music industry. SCARE CARD is a 5-piece Hard Rock band. We are a high energy Hard Rock band that is fueled with pure octane. We formed in 2015. We just released a self-titled EP called “SCARE CARD” featuring five songs. In the past year, we have shared the stage with Bret Michaels, Slaughter, Lynch Mob, Red Sun Rising, Bang Tango, Jack Russell’s Great White and many others.

Jeff Carlson (Vocals/Guitar) Brad Coletti (Lead guitar) Robert Fletcher (Rythm guitar) Sean Mausert (Drums) David Badinger (Bass/vocals)

Photo by Jodi B. Darling

Hear their new song “Finally

Photo by Jodi B. Darling

In the early 1990’s, Brad, Robert and Sean were in a band called Nightfall Ave (Tucson, AZ) for many years, opening shows for Drain STH, Lynch Mob, Gilby Clarke. Flotsam and Jetsam, Sacred Reich, Exodus, Michael Schenker, Queensryche, Faster Pussycat, Gary Hoey, Tony McAlpine, King Diamond, and many others. Jeff was in Liquid Skye (Las Vegas) and opened for many National acts such as Slash’s Snake Pit, Joan Jett, and many others, David opened for many National acts and toured for years with his band, Doc Savage. SCARE CARD magically came together with a plan to create great music and to perform high energy shows.

Photo by Jodi B. Darling

Currently, we are writing new material for the next release as well as performing concerts with National acts. We are also planning to release a music video later this summer.

Photo by Jodi B. Darling

A Band that Defines the Meaning of Rockstar”-TR Magazine (NJ)

SCARE CARD with its many talents is a force to be reckoned with and can ROCK with the best. I feel SCARE CARD hands down is Mainstream material”Power Rock Podcast (NY)

I listened to the music. Pretty awesome stuffRock 93.1 WIMK (MI)

“This is incredible sounding; it sounds fantastic” –Zonarocks (AZ)

I was listening to one of the tracks (FINALLY), I really like that, it sounds good. I was getting some different feels from different bands that influenced you guys” –Local E Magazine (AZ)

Band Gear

Jeff Carlson uses Gibson Les Paul guitars, Marshall Amplification, Shure wireless guitar/microphones

Brad Coletti uses Gibson Les Paul and ESP guitars, Line 6 amplification, and Line 6 wireless

Robert Fletcher uses Jackson and ESP guitars, Ampeg amplification and Shure guitar wireless

Sean Mausert uses Pearl drums and Sabian cymbals

David Badinger uses Washburn and Music Man five string Stingray basses, Fender amplification and Shure guitar wireless

*Currently, SCARE CARD is proudly endorsed by CLAYTON GUITAR PICKS (U.S.)

Tony MacAlpine Discusses His New Record Death Of Roses

By Andrew Catania

The existence of the soul within often reflects on the accomplishments on the outside. Tony MacAlpine unearthed the alchemy of soulfulness in the mirth of music from when his fingers played with the keys of the piano at the age of 5.

Strumming through the cords as a solo, rock instrumentalist, pianist, and guitarist, Tony MacAlpine has artfully succeeded in coalescing the elements of jazz, hard rock, metal and classic beats on both, guitar and keyboard – crafting melodies as sinful as they are virtuous.

The dominating dazzle of neoclassical rock, the Hartford graduate, released his debut masterpieces – Edge of Insanity and Maximum Security in the late 80’s. But Tony’s teeming talents stretch beyond abysmal. In mid-1986 his thuds as a heavy metal guitarist in M.A.R.S drove flocks of frats wild, uncloaking an all new side of this innovative rock star.

A more commercially inclined endeavor in the hard rock led to the manifestation of Eyes of The World in the 90’s, but with the strike of realization, Tony resumed his passion for instruments and consecutively crafted magnum opuses as renowned as Madness, Premonition, Evolution and Violent Machine. Truly outshining his work, Tony sealed the decade of success with a blockbuster album Master of Paradise where he contributed with his authentic vocals as well.

The sweep trapping trickster was compelled to join aboard a hiatus when he revealed a health scare in the last couple of years.  After the release of Concrete Gardens, MacAlpine was pummeled with the revelation of a colon cancer, marking a pause to his musical accomplishments.

But like an unstoppable tornado, the legend has stormed back into the realm of harmonies with his album, Death of Roses.

Is this EP part of a set?

TM: it’s the start of we have another. It’s an ep we have a set of songs coming out shortly to complete the whole process of this writing of 14 songs.

What made you split the EP’s up?

TM:  I’m composing some material that I would say is descriptive exposure to a particular style that I’m unveiling now. I mean the next songs are something from a different era. They’re all part of the same suite, but they’re flavor and a different type a whole different approach. So I didn’t want to put the two on the same record because you said that your records are connected, so that’s why I chose to separate them.

Where did you find Nasser Abdalla?

TM:  Nass played in a band that opened for me a couple of tours ago.  He caught my attention back then and when it came time to find players I gave him a call.  He was all ready for it.

You have tour dates for September and October.  Do you have any plans to tour Europe?

TM: I delayed the European tour when I was sick, and the instability of situations going on in Europe happened at once.  I’m doing fine now.  Trying to book this tour came about we just realized that it’s just not a safe environment right now.  So we’re going to wait and see what happens.

Are you 100% healthy now?

TM:  Yeah, everything is fine. I’m doing great, and I’m happy to be out there and healthy just working again.

How did you creatively coming up with the music for Death of Roses?

TM:  Each record that I do is an exposee of where I’m at. And so at least five months or a year before when the record comes out, I’ve moved on to some other things that I find musically interesting, but I play lots of music. I play lots of piano music. I play music from many different genres, and so my influences are very far and wide. But the problem is with music that you become known for if you’re a solo artist you know you can’t just keep changing you don’t know the direction as soon as you feel like you know you need to you have to kind of bring things along at a slower pace because you know people build up a certain listening to your memory. And for them to be able to play when he records they want to hear something that they think reminds them of your style. Even so, your style might be evolving. It’s important for an artist to do things slowly. So I mean there’s so much stuff that I do, but just having the right combinations of musicians is one of the things that makes it whether or not it’s you know plausible or not. And that mix of musicians is here now. Obviously piano was my first instrument, so I’m employing lots of keyboards live now on this thing, and then we have not spent a lot of different guitar parts. We do a lot of guitar parts to be together. So it’s this music this whole thing is more of a freedom of sounds, and when the listeners get down, they get to more of your adventure instead of a songwriter that from one direction. So that’s really what it is. It’s just a combination.

Has your rig changed?

TM:  It’s always evolving.  Live now I’m using Hughes and Kettner Core Blades which are all tube heads with all of the processing built inside of the head. So it’s a real simple setup but very consistent. I also I also use the Hughes and Kettner GrandMeister Deluxe 40 which is the same idea of that it’s a better amp and a much smaller package about the size of a lunchbox.  Everything’s evolving,  the guitars are.  I’m using an extended range seven string. Even as guitars with various EMG setups you know the guitars are active and have one passive guitar.

Did you recover your gear that was stolen in Texas?

We got all the guitars back except one.  I didn’t get the TV back or the floorboard.  That’s easily replaceable.  All of the Ibanez guitars are back.  I had some friends in Mexico that went to a guitar swap and they some them there.  They brought them back for me.

Do you have a signature guitar coming out?

We’re working on something.  I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. So unless I come up with something that I think is a must for all players to have I don’t know if I’m going to do it, but we’ll see what happens regarding a future.

Any advice for aspiring guitarists?

Music is its art, and an artist is fostered by practicing and confidence. And one of the things that you really must come to the realization is whether you love you know the sacrifices you have to make because it’s a huge one. You know the time that it takes to write practice songs and cause the other bands and do that type of thing is it’s the rewards are not as great as many we think. You know they come along in time and so just really make sure that this is something you want to do and work extremely hard at it and love it.

http://www.tonymacalpine.com/

Act Of Defiance Launches Video For New Track, “Overexposure”

Act Of Defiance – the heavy metal group featuring the veteran talents of Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass – will return with their new album, Old Scars, New Wounds, on September 29th via Metal Blade Records. After slamming back into the metalscape with their first video/single “M.I.A.”, Act Of Defiance is back today with a second new music video/track, “Overexposure“. Directed by Vince Edwards, the melodic scorcher is backed with fast-paced imagery of the band members in their finest form – churning out a precise metal assault!

Act of Defiance is what Arch Enemy should be releasing.  Great songs, incredible riffs, awesome singer all mixed together.  AE has the person to do it, Jeff Loomis.  Chris Broderick and the guys are operating on all cylinders!  Crank this up! 

Act of Defiance line-up:
Chris Broderick – guitar
Henry Derek – vocals
Shawn Drover – drums
Matt Bachand – bass

Act of Defiance online:
https://www.facebook.com/actofdefiancemusic
https://instagram.com/actofdefiance
https://twitter.com/actofdefiance1ch
https://twitter.com/chris_broderick
https://twitter.com/shawndrover
https://twitter.com/mattowsfall
https://twitter.com/totheboyelis

Michel Pellerin – A Luthier Par Excellence

By Andrew Catania

You may learn to become a luthier by profession, but, great luthiers are born, not made.  And we have Michel Pellerin as a strong validation for this claim.

Born and raised in Quebec, Montreal, it was as if music and more specifically, the guitar-philia, was already in his genetic codes – his very blueprint. He knew he was born to be a luthier, a great one, and that is what kept him focused on the predetermined path right from the very start, without much divergence, or crossroads.

After graduating from the National School of Guitar Making in 1998, Pellerin’s career had a rhythmic, systematic start, beginning with a silo workshop in a quiet corner of his apartment, where he would practice his hands, repairing and improvising on the repaired and discarded instruments. This not only polished his skill but also laid the foundation of the luthier’s mastery he was yet to gain.

Later, destiny blessed him with a chance to work as an apprentice under two luthier maestros, Laurent St-Jacques who upskilled him in classical, while Serge Michaud refined his skill in acoustic guitars.

By the time he completed his apprenticeship, in 2001, he was offered training officer position in the Godin Factory, which he accepted. All the while, he was still keeping up with his workshop at home, for experiments and repairs. Having a firm knowledge, understanding, and expertise at hand, he decided it was a time he gave his profession a full swing, and in 2002, started his full-time luthier shop. Over the next three years, he got his hands on a variety of guitars, for repairs, fixes, and improvisation, and also, experimenting with his hand made guitars.

The repair shop was heading fast towards his dream, when in 2005, he had to give it a partial break, restricting it to part-time, for a guitar making and repair teaching position offered at a college.

From 2007 to 2010, Pellerin worked in collaboration with Gilbert Blais, combining their skills on acoustic guitars. The mutually beneficial partnership lasted for three years, and by the time they parted ways, Michel Pellerin joined Ervin Somogyi at Woodstock Invitational Luthier Showcase, enrolling in his voicing class as a student.

Pellerin hasn’t looked back since, having crafted over 170 personally designed signature, hand crafted instruments to date. He has a strong affinity to push the tone chord limits to extremes, touching new milestones and inventing fresh musical planes that can be tuned out of the guitar strings. It is his aversion to the contemporary techniques and inclination to experiment with the sonical potential that his hand-designed instruments hold in their essence a sonical grandeur, with textural tones and subtle nuances.

His idea of an excellent, masterpiece instrument is that the chords must connect with the rhythms of your heart and coupled with the wisdom of your brain. When this trical chemistry is established, you can extract the finest, magical tones out of your cords and fingers.

Pellerin considers meeting Claude Laflamme as his career hallmark. Joining hands with the acclaimed musician, composer, producer, and arranger, he has made six customized instruments for him so far. Travelling across the globe, Claude Laflamme plays Pellerin’s guitars in concerts, shows, and guitar exhibitions, bringing in his account a global recognition. His luthier creations have been exhibited at renowned music platforms such as Montreal Guitar Show in 2005, Woodstock Invitational Guitar Show in 2012, Ottawa Guitar Show (2014-2016), Holy Grail Guitar Show in 2014, Harp Guitar Gathering in 2013 and 2015, and Osaka Sound Messe in 2015, to name a few.

He has a couple of exhibitions lined up already; at Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebrations in September and Harp Guitar Gathering in October, to be followed by Osaka Sound Messe in April 2017 and the first ever Artisan Guitar show in Pennsylvania the same month too.

Along with classical and contemporary acoustics, his signature 6, 12 to 21 hand-crafted stringed instruments are in high demand at music stores in Quebec and British Columbia (Canada), Osaka (Japan) and the Acoustics Gallery in Seoul (Korea). His showroom has been established in Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada and is frequented by acclaimed musicians, composers, and guitar aficionados.

http://guitarespellerin.com/en/

Arch Enemy’s Will To Power: Middle School Lyrics, Loomis Restrained

By Andrew Catania

Arch Enemy releases their new album, Will To Power today.  This is the second album with Alissa White-Gluz.  Alissa is the third singer for Arch Enemy.  Will To Power also marks the first studio effort with Jeff Loomis.

I was looking forward to this release since this would be the first with the addition of Loomis.  Sadly, Loomis doesn’t have any writing credits or makes an impact on this album fans of his would’ve liked.  His playing is great on Will To Power; you can feel he’s somewhat restrained.  I’m sure this was done by design seeing the album was produced by founding member/guitarist Michael Amott.  If given a chance, Loomis would’ve schooled Amott on how to write great songs.

The lyrics haven’t improved.  I was hoping with White-Gluz in the band they would.  The album isn’t a total fail.  Songs like “The Word Is Yours” sounds like some of the band’s classics.  “The Eagle Flies Alone” is a masterpiece musically.   Lyrically, Will To Power sounds like Amott got together with a bunch of middle schoolers and wrote about pre-pubescent issues.

Arch Enemy still kicks ass live.  Alissa White-Gluz and Jeff Loomis are welcomed additions to the band.   Amott has to give up some creative direction of the band to other members.  Until then, we’ll have to deal with the same sixth grader lyrics and basic riffs he plays.  He won’t unleash Loomis because he knows he’s a superior player and writer to him.  7/10 stars