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Ashley Cook

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Practicing Instrumental Metallurgist

Dabbling in dark, metallic fusion reminiscent of Chris Poland's "Return To Metalopolis" is Pennsylvania's Ashley Cook, who submitted a three song instrumental demo CD-R. The three tracks, recorded in Cook's own PsychoHermit Sound studio in the remote mountains of central Pennsylvania, all forge a sound grounded in early Metallica and Megadeth and offer disquieting guitar probings, head-snapping riffage, and a crushing sense of rhythmic power. I'd be great to pull a powerful drummer into this mix to see what might happen as Cook could let things unfold and get even heavier - almost prodigiously heavier. Cook also favors a lot of 'out' soloing, occasionally picking notes outside of key to lend a more mysterious and angst-ridden sound to the potent grind. Cook's like a lot of players in that he just needs to spend more time with his equipment and keep experimenting to get the ultimate speaker melting tones - material this heavy demands it.

alb Ashley has been playing guitar for about 13 years. He grew up listening to metal, and especially liked what artists such as James Hetfield and Joe Satriani were doing in the late '80s. Ashley formed his first band at age 19, Judgement, who started out doing Testament and Metallica covers before writing original material. When the band broke up, he released an experimental solo demo under the name Below in 1996, which got mostly good reviews. After a frustrating attempt at trying to find the right singer for another Below project, Ashley decided to try his hand at writing and recording instrumentals. He now finds he has the freedom he needs to pursue his musical goals. Ashley is aspiring to develop his own style, to continue to create freely and without restriction, to be unique and to just be himself.

Currently, Cook is writing for his next instrumental CD, as well as for another solo Below CD.

Contact Information
Ashley Cook
P.O. Box 60
Mineral Springs, PA 16855
United States

E-mail: Ashley Cook
Web site: users.penn.com/~evandia

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Collaboration Element

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Appealing To The Emotions & The Intellect

Collaborating with drummer Jason McIntosh and calling the project Collaboration Element, guitarist Greg Jones submitted a CD-R of tunes in the instrumental progressive rock/fusion style patterned after Liquid Tension Experiment and Dream Theater. The eight songs, entitled The Science Of Music, (including two 10 minute plus epics) features the duo combing dynamics and melodies with technical musicianship and creativity. Here's to the quick death of the stick-on CD label because not all the tracks on the CD-R would play, but the initial tracks on the album displayed Jones' excellent command of the fretboard, a keen melodic sense and a kind of progressive-friendly slickness that would tend to hook skeptical or jaded fans of the genre into giving their music a spin.

pic Greg and Jason initially collaborated on the material for The Science Of Music by writing and sequencing everything on synthesizers and then working out the rest of the parts, attempting to appeal to both the emotions and the intellect. But because progressive rock is not well received in the Dayton, Ohio area, the duo decided to part ways. Greg later started a new band called Greg Jones and the G-Men, who are playing progressive rock instrumentals. He will be releasing his second instrumental rock CD entitled "String Theory" later this summer, and is currently writing a new progressive rock album, a concept album, with Greg on vocals. His goal is to play challenging music that touches both musicians and non-musicians alike, and he names his major musical influences as Eric Johnson, John Petrucci, Richie Kotzen and Scott Henderson.

Jones works full time as a help desk technician at Easylink Services, is a part time music director at Hope Church, teaches guitar on the side in the Dayton, Ohio area and is pursuing a Computer Science degree at Sinclair College.

Contact Information
Greg Jones
2871 Acosta St.
Kettering, OH 45420
United States

E-mail: Collaboration Element
Web site: www.gregjonesmusic.com

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