All the way from Slovenia comes Istok Peklar, riding the neo-classical train on his CD-R demo. Like his influences such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Tony MacAlpine and Joe Stump, Peklar pumps the arpeggio machine for all its worth, creating the metal mayhem the genre is known for. Mastering the shredded lick, Peklar uses a simple one-man band approach on his demo, prefering to give the guitar all the sonic fireworks. He recorded the tracks in the home studio of a very well known Slovenian guitarist, Bor Zulijan. Peklar also included some demo tracks, including a cover of F.W. Ernst's classical piece, which is actually a cover of Paganini's Venetian Carneval (cover of a cover). Finding like-minded musicians in Slovenia should help Peklar take his music to the next level in the future.
Iztok began playing guitar in the town of Maribor, Slovenia at the age of 14. But he was actually exposed to rock and metal at a much earlier age (7 or 8) when his brother introduced him to Iron Maiden, Metallica and Megadeth, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Helloween and Slayer. Inspired by pictures of guitarists in the rock music magazines, Istok took lessons for about a year and a half, before deciding he would progress the rest of the way on his own. In the last 7 or 8 years his practice sessions have gotten very intense, as he prepares himself for a future in music.
Peklar lists additional influences such as Vinnie Moore, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Joey Tafolla and Chris Impellitteri, as well as classical composers such as Bach, Paganini, Mozart, Chopin Beethoven and Vivaldi.