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Aleksandar Rakich

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Taking Neo-Classical To A Higher Level

Rolling influences such as Bach, Vivaldi, Paganini, Chopin with contemporary artists such as Michael Hedges, Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin and Yngwie Malmsteen, Serbian guitarist Aleksandar Rakich has recorded Lucida Intervalla, an instrumental CD-R of neo-classical tracks which display his colossal technique to great advantage. While tracks such as "Allegro Veloce", "Finale Brilliante" and several variations on themes by Vivaldi and Rimsky-Korsakov offer all of the classically inspired lines, intricate orchestrations and technically-demanding playing you might associate with neo-classical music, Rakich has also thoughtfully included songs such as "Yumbo", "Cool Fusion", "Space Driver" which are more a fusion of rock, jazz and subtle classical influences. Hopefully a fully realized, professionally released CD is the works for Rakich, so a much wider audience will be able to appreciate his talents. Aleksandar Rakich was originally profiled in the October-November, 2003 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Born to a musician's family in the former Yugoslavia in 1977, Aleksandar began playing classical guitar in 1982. From 1988 to 1991 he achieved remarkable results in various guitar competitions all over Yugoslavia. At age 13, he became interested in the fusion of acoustic and electric guitar, and started his first band, Jetliner. Aleksandar recorded two albums with Jetliner, then formed a new band, Odiskona, which specialized in ethnic music of the Balkans. A later band Combo recorded an album entitled "CoolFusion" and toured Yugoslavia. After the war in 1999, Aleksandar opened his own recording studio and recorded his latest project.

Rakich shows a strong interest in neo-classical music, and is determined to take the style to a higher level, using his family tradition, experience and guitar technique.

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Aleksandar Rakich
Dragise Misovica 143
32000 Cacak
Serbia and Montenegro

E-mail: Aleksandar Rakich

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Heavier Than Typical Progressive Metal

From Germany comes the progressive metal group Complex 7 with their recently released CD Process. Following hot on the heels of their debut CD "Water" (released back in 2001), guitarist Arne Schuppner works highly technical phrasing into the heavy mix, which is supported rhythmically by drummer Guido Schneider and bassist Bjorn Muller. The vocals are somewhat ordinary, especially in comparison with the instrumental skill of the various musicians in the band, which is common in a lot of progressive metal bands today. Vocalist Norbert Vornam writes lyrics using personal experiences, while bassist Muller concentrates his lyrics on social commentary. If you can get behind the vocal style on the CD, you might want to check out Complex 7 to hear Schuppner's guitar work - he can rip out single-line solos at the drop of a hat, and his arrangements are a cut above the norm. Complex 7 were originally profiled in the December-January, 2003 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic The lineup of Complex 7 has been the same since 1990, except for the addition of vocalist Vornam. The three instrumentalists began playing together in a band called Demimonde, and in 1999 Norbert joined in after spending several years in different thrash metal bands. In July of 2001, Complex 7 released "Water", documenting the band's musical progress over the previous ten-year period. With Process the group is aiming for greater audience access without being mainstream or easy listening. They want to introduce (to as many new fans as possible) their vision of what interesting and contemporary metal is all about.

Complex 7 continues to work on new ideas as well as play live whenever possible, while making their two CDs available to fans worldwide over the Internet.

Contact Information
Arne Schuppner
Hardtweg 2
35239 Steffenberg
Germany

E-mail: Complex 7
Web site: www.complex7.de

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