Musical inspiration is the weirdest thing

I read a great quote on music inspiration the other day: The famous composer Schubert is said to have told a friends that his own creative process consisted in “remembering a melody” that neither he nor anyone else had ever thought of before and it got me thinking about creativity. A lot of people have…

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background on the track “The Disciples Hand” from Impetuous Desire

I thought it would be fun to give some background on the stories in the songs on the record. First up – The Disciples Hand! Many people are detached from reality, allowing beliefs which they have no evidence for to dictate their choices. Because their beliefs are detached from reality, the world seems like an…

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Yngwie Malmsteen – Relentless, The Memoir

I’ve been a pretty big Yngwie fan since I started learning to play guitar. The first record I heard by him was Facing the Animal and I was absolutely blown away. I remember my guitar teacher at the time giving me a copy of the record to listen to. I couldn’t believe what I was…

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Record of the day: Fate – V

This album is one of the most ridiculously awesome records I’ve ever listened to in my life. The vocals are completely out of this world. Crazy high pitches and a tone to them that cannot be matched. The songs are incredibly well written, with groovy rhythm sections and blistering guitar solos. You can’t not love…

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Record of the day: Christopher Cross – The Definitive Christopher Cross

What? This guy isn’t metal!? Yeah that’s true. But… you might recognise some of his songs. In particular.. Ride Like The Wind. That’s right, that AWESOME song that Saxon did (I saw them play this at Wacken and a show in London, Saxon are killer live). It just goes to show that one feature of…

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Building the Habit aka One Step Closer to Killer Riffs

I’m just getting back into the swing of songwriting regularly the last few days (I know, I’ve not even released the first record yet!) and I forgot how, just like any other musical skill, it’s something that needs to be trained and practised. I haven’t done any writing at all for a few months and…

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Gaskin – End of the World

This is a crazy fun heavy metal record. If you want something to pump your fist to, or drive fast (within the government mandated speed limit of your locale, of course) to, this is the record for you. Their first record came out in 1981, and in 1982 they went on tour with Wishbone Ash…

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The worst plane trip I have ever had in my life

AKA: That time I flew to LA and ended up stranded in San Francisco. In retrospect this is a pretty good story. At the time it was horrific! Backstory: I had a trip to Chicago planned (I live in the UK) – I was going to Chicago for two weeks of intensive guitar training. Awesome.…

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Chrissy Steele – Magnet to Steele

This record is so cheesy. Why have I never heard of Chrissy Steele before?! She has the perfect 80s metal look to her. Pretty cool record. Great sound, killer voice. The record has some sweet tracks. Love You ‘Til It Hurts and Murder in the First Degree are awesome songs. The song Armed and Dangerous…

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Record of the day: Symphony X – V

Love this record. I saw Symphony X at Wembley supporting Dream Theatre several years ago, it was a great show! This record has one of my favourite tracks ever on it, Communion and the Oracle. I just can’t get enough of it. The piano theme that comes in at the start is more addictive than…

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