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Chris Allen

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Aggressively Pursuing The Hard Rock Agenda

Rock Machine is the title of New England area shredder Chris Allen's four song instrumental demo CD-R, and it's also the name of the opening track, a seven-minute, whammy-inflicted, head-splitting, vibrato bar-abusing, bone-cutting slab of snarling hard rock explosiveness. Doing all the instrumentation himself, Allen is able to set up an environment geared towards extended solo juggernauts, designed to exploit his uncanny dexterity, and his willingness to let it all hang out over bombastic grooves. Tracks such as "Fear The Unknown" and "All Systems Go" are riff-heavy stompers with plenty of room for pyrotechnics and hot-wired solos. Allen closes out his demo with "Ultramatik", a track that continues and amplifies the take-no-prisoners approach to the demo. Ultimately, can we expect a full length release (maybe in tandem with one of New England's powerhouse drummers) from this noteworthy guitarist? Chris Allen was originally profiled in the June-July, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Playing guitar since age 13, Chris is always trying to expand his musical ability by studying the styles of artists such as George Lynch, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde and blues and funk players from the '60s to the present Van Halen's "Woman And Children First" was the initial catalyst for him to choose the guitar as his instrument of choice. Initially self-taught, Chris later studied under recording artist and Berklee School of Music teacher Joe Stump. He has gigged with a few local bands, sat through a number of auditions and had his music appear on a smorgasbord of compilation and demo CDs since 2000. His initial demo CD, "Trouble On The Horizon" was recorded and released in 2002, and featured a compilation of old and new original tracks.

Allen plans to self promote his works to gain notoriety among his peers and subsequent fans. With future goals of touring, pro recording, endorsements and major record deals, there's no telling what this determined, aspiring newcomer will bring in the way of pure rock aggression.

Contact Information
Chris Allen
350 Mass Ave. Studio 217
Arlington, MA 02476
United States

E-mail: Chris Allen
Web site: www.thechrisallenpowertrip.com

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Mark Protze

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Settling The Score... With Metal

Counting influences such as Vinnie Moore, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Stump, German guitarist Mark Protze submitted his latest CD-R release, Revenge Of... Strongly neo-classical and metal driven, the four instrumental tracks positively scream for vengeance, feature solid production, and are rife with well-crafted guitar solos. Protze has his technique down cold; one listen to tracks such as "Boogie Of Madness", "Suite No. 1", or the opening title track will lead to massive fist-pounding and head-thrashing (and a shoulder separation, if you're not careful!) Protze can deliver those awesome pedal tone licks like his idols Malmsteen and Stump, peppering his solos with numerous examples of stunning melodic lines. Aggressive rhythms in a kind of 'Rising Force meets Iron Maiden' style cement the connection between Protze's music and those that have gone before. Neo-classical fans have another shredder to keep an eye on for the future. Mark Protze was originally profiled in the June-July, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Mark began playing guitar at the age of 13, taking some guitar lessons in Wolfsburg, then studying at the Jazz & Rock school in Freiburg, taking his final exams in 2003. Over the years he has played with many musicians in a variety of styles: rock, fusion, funk and swing, to name a few. Mark has released a number of instrumental CDs, including "Chapter I" (1998), "Opic" (2001) and "B.G.H." (2003). In addition to contributing guitar to a number of other pop and rock recordings, he took part in the musical "Soulgetter Goalgetter" on tour in Freiburg and Schweiz. This year, Mark joined the funk band Sunny Manzanas, who played at the Stimmenfestival in Lorrach to support "Jamiroquai".

With Revenge Of... Protze is looking for a label which will be able to release the new material.

Contact Information
Mark Protze
Katzenkamp 32a
D-38442 Wolfsburg
Germany

E-mail: Mark Protze
Web site: markprotze.de.vu

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