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Your Ears Will Bleed

Ouch. Bash your head repeatedly - hard - into the wall. Oil up your neck hinges. Maybe have a spinal tap (what do you need all that excess fluid for anyway?) Now you're prepared for the sonic onslaught known as Metal Man (aka Phil Bennett). He submitted his way cool, heavy metal CD-R, called Damage. And yes, if you turn it up loud enough, with your parent's consent of course, your ears will bleed! Metal Man takes the excitement of, say, an instrumental Guy Mann-Dude track and pushes it to the next level of heaviness - how can that be a bad thing? Timing is everything in rapid fire, high-energy riffs and furiously picked solos, and Metal Man has got it down cold. If you're into iron-fisted, virtuosic, instrumental metal, and you're not into Metal Man, then you need to get out more - this is the stuff neck braces and hearing aids were made for. Metal Man was originally profiled in the October-November, 2006 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Phil began playing guitar at the age of 8. Influenced by guitar legends such as Tony Iommi, Randy Rhodes, Jimmy Page and Dimebag Darrell, his obsession with the guitar soon spawned into metal mayhem. He has written and scored music for television shows in both Canada and the United States, including songs for a documentary on producer Jack Richardson (The Guess Who). Phil also created orchestral suspense scores for "Girly Ghost Hunters", a ghost horror show. He has been doing session guitar work at Voodoo Highway Music studio in Toronto since 2001. Phil plays in a band called Inclined (who've just released a cover CD), and records and produces local bands on his own.

Metal Man's goals include establishing a kick-ass metal band to take on the world. With an eye on his future, he plans to continue producing himself and others, keep writing with other artists, put out more albums, and continue to write for TV and film.

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Metal Man
40 Earl Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1M3
Canada

E-mail: Metal Man
Web site: www.myspace.com/metalmandamage

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Staying True To The Music

Packing his debut CD with almost 75 minutes of music, Canadian axeman Scott Kroeker delivers a solid knockout punch on Fata Morgana. Kroeker is all about grooves and melodies, so even though he is as technically talented as the next shredder, he focused on creating an album with a great deal of replay value. His phrasing and tone work together to achieve this goal, and his use of acoustic guitar along with (and sometimes instead of) his distorted tones allow for an even more organic feel. Almost like a thinking man's instrumental rock, and the advantage of not having lyrics (or worse, trite sound clips from movie, radio and television shows) means that each tune can occupy a personal zone in each listener's mind - a soundtrack for life. So an excellent job here, and hopefully Kroeker stays as true to the music on his next release as he does on Fata Morgana. Scott Kroeker was originally profiled in the December-January, 2006 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Scott got his first guitar at age 14, some 16+ years ago. His main influences were Metallica, Megadeth, AC/DC, Guns 'N' Roses and many others. More recently his influences are Dream Theater, Joe Satriani, Soilwork and Sevendust, to name a few. Scott started out on the six-string, but in 1998, acquired his first 7-string Ibanez - the UV777PBK. Since then, it has been seven strings all the way. In 1992, Scott, along with fellow guitarist Mike Neufeld, formed the hard rock band, Sound Rage. They played numerous gigs, played alongside many acts including, Judas Priest, Helix, RATT, Warrant, Fire House, Noise Therapy, L.A. Guns, and Jackyl. In late 2001 the band broke up, reunited in mid-2002, but after a few gigs decided to call it quits. It was always a goal of his to put out a solo CD, so that's when work began on Fata Morgana.

With the ultimate goal of being able to make a living playing music, Kroeker would either like to remain an independent musician, or sign with a small independent label that will allow him to keep true to his passion.

Contact Information
Scott Kroeker
Box 21306
Steinbach, MB R5G 1S6
Canada

E-mail: Scott Kroeker
Web site: www.scottkroeker.com

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