Brazilian metal man Carlos Lichman submitted his three song demo CD-R, the appropriately named Intense Guitar Playing. All instrumental, Lichman chose these tunes because they were well accepted by the audiences at his workshops and master classes. The opening track "Drug Dealers" is a heavy quick hitter in the Paul Gilbert and Jason Becker tradition, with double-bass drumming setting the stage for fiery, hi-volume sweeping and a snarling solo befitting the title. "Heavy Influence" follows, a longer track more in the progressive rock vein, and it blazes with ultra-fast solos, and intense, in-your-face arpeggios influenced by Michael Angelo Batio and Francesco Fareri. Closing out the demo is the title track, a groove-fueled hard rock track with tough guitar sounds, funky wah-wah and slamming, bowel-bruising solos. Lichman is well on his way to his goal of writing the most intense melodic guitar songs yet.
Carlos was born in Porto Alegre City, Brazil. He began his musical education as a classically trained guitarist; his subsequent rock recordings retain a pronounced classical influence, incorporating elements of jazz, fusion and MPB as well.
He recorded the "Wake up the Dragons" EP with Neverland (heavy metal) in 2001. Local radio stations accepted this EP very well and Neverland had great opportunities to play in big events. However, the group dissolved and Lichman decided to concentrate on his instrumental solo career. Influenced by Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert and Richie Kotzen, Carlos recorded a demo CD called "Planet Rock" in 2003, where Carlos' songwriting and guitar skills shined.
Lichman currently organizes guitar workshops and master classes, develops background music for plays and movies, and gives guitar lessons. He also writes guitar columns for several web sites and a music newspaper.
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