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Finnish Guitar Heroes album

Discussion in 'Other Bands/Concerts' started by Iced Dog, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Iced Dog

    Iced Dog The Stormrider's Pooch

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    www.guitarheroes.fi

    11 of the most respected and talented Finnish heavy metal guitarists
    gathered together into the studio to record a killer album for everyone who
    loves virtuous playing and guitar solos from outer space.
    With internationally acclaimed shredders like Alexi Laiho and Roope Latvala
    (Children of Bodom), Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) and Emppu Vuorinen
    (Nightwish) showing their skills, the album will certainly attract every
    metal fan and guitar enthusiastic all around the globe.

    All of the 11 players composed a new, instrumental song for this album and
    for this album only. On top of that, there's one "battle song" where each
    fastfinger has a solo spot to show off his skills. Even though the album is
    based on heavy metal and hard rock, it is quite amazing to notice how many
    different styles are represented, and how much the songs differ from each
    other. Every single guitar player was free to express his creativity with no
    limitations. You can really hear it on the tracks how much fun guitar
    playing can be when freedom of creativity and virtuosity are taken to the
    highest level.

    Finland has a long history in heavy metal and it is often considered as one
    of the leading metal countries in the world with bands like e.g. CoB,
    Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, Nightwish and HIM. There has been a strong
    unity among the metal bands since the mid 80´s and many of the guitar
    players here asked the same question: "Why hasn't anyone thought of this
    before?"

    GUITAR HEROES will be released in Finland on Nov. 7th 2007 by SONY BMG MUSIC
    ENTERTAINMENT (FINLAND) OY.

    Guitar players appearing on the album are:

    Timo Tolkki, Stratovarius
    Alexi Laiho, Children of Bodom
    Roope Latvala, Children of Bodom
    Emppu Vuorinen, Nightwish
    Esa Holopainen, Amorphis
    Nino Laurenne, Thunderstone
    Mr Crab, Bleak
    Mikko Salovaara, Kiuas
    Tuomo Louhio, Impaled Nazarene
    Sakari Hietala, Tarot
    Euge Valovirta, Godsplague

    Other musicians appearing on this special album are also well known metal
    aficionados e.g. Lauri Porra, bass (Stratovarius, Kotipelto), Kai Hahto,
    drums (Wintersun, Rotten Sound), Janne Parviainen, drums (Ensiferum,
    Sinergy) and Mirka Rantanen, drums (Thunderstone).

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  2. DemonXeno

    DemonXeno One with the ocean

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    sweeeet...
     
  3. Tramz

    Tramz OSA Council Member

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    This will definitely be one to check out. Some guitarists can't fully flex their playing ability in their bands, hopefully they will be able to push it to the limits on this album.
     
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    seraph7 elitism sucks!

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    This sounds way cool. Hope I'll be able to pick up a copy eventually. I still think they needed to have Jari Maenpaa on it but I suppose if he's still slaving over the new Wintersun.... :bah:
    It's also sweet to see Roope Latvala and Emppu get to cut loose and show off their chops. I really don't think he get enough chances to show how talented he is.
     
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    Tramz OSA Council Member

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    After waiting for this album to become available since i first heard about it a month ago, i finally nabbed a copy tonight and i am listening to it as i type this. So far i'm absolutely enjoying it. Right off the bat you are amazed by "12 Donkeys"; a song which shows off the guitar skills of everyone involved. After that, it is a true tour de force of talented musicians that most of us are familiar will with (see Iced Dog's post above for the details).

    The Emppu track (track 5, Ulterior Motive) isn't quite what i expected, having something of an acoustic, middle-eastern aesthetic (i haven't decided if the flavor has more of an Arabian or Persian feel, but you get the idea). Still, i think it's really good stuff and not to be missed. If there is one song i am not wild about, it would be "Hellbilly". It sounds exactly as the name implies. However, the album quickly becomes enjoyable once again and remains so straight through to the end (even if "God Will Send Her Angels" is a bit safe and boring, it still serves as an enjoyable epilogue or outro).

    Also included is a second cd which gives you all of the tracks of the album, sans the lead guitar. So you have the rhythm guitar, bass and drums there. A great gift for all of you guitarists out there who might care to load it up and add your own shred to the mix.

    We've had some discussions here at the OSA about the nature of music fans around the world, and the fact the in many (though not all) places, they've been trained to view the vocalist as both the focal point of the band and the only thing that matters. It's especially nice to see an album like this not only see the light of day, but succeed on an artistic level (and hopefully a commercial one as well) to remind everyone out there that our music, especially our kind of music, is about so much more than just a vocalist.
     
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    seraph7 elitism sucks!

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    Where did you get? I want it!

    *tries not to get too jealous and fails*
     
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