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Rick Renstrom

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Wicked Ways Guitarist Goes Solo

Rick Renstrom is the guitar world's newest hope for a guitar hero. Future Intense is the title of the latest CD-R project from the Florida shredder, featuring seven blistering instrumentals in the style of Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Stump and Chris Impelliteri. Not as blindingly fast as Stump, but not as repetitive as Malmsteen, Renstrom manages to carve out his own niche in the neo-classical metal arena, delivering the goods with control, fury, and passionate fire. The guitarist also credits Andy La Rocque, Ronni Le Tekro, Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, Jimi Hendrix and Al Di Meola as influences, drawing on their collective strengths, and adding his own stamp of virtuosity to the metallic mix. Future Intense is likely to lead to full album projects in the very near future. Renstrom was originally profiled in the August-September, 1999 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb At the age of fifteen, after seeing Yngwie Malmsteen on a TV special, Rick decided to start playing guitar. By the time he was sixteen, he was attending the University of Akron majoring in music, playing with his band, Shattered Innocence, three nights a week--all while still attending high school. Rick studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, theory, composition and overall musicianship. He also played in other bands during this period: China Blue, Bastille, Metal Wolf and Wicked Ways. Rick's current endeavors include a full length solo album accompanied by a symphony orchestra, and an autobiography. The shredder also won the "Best Lead Guitarist" at the 1996 CFMA Awards, and in 1998 won the MARS Music Guitar challenge.

Renstrom also has a new metal project in the works, tentatively called Monaco RR. Seventeen songs have been written, and Renstrom will be entering the studio to record a three-song demo. He also has recently joined a studio/touring project called U.S. Challenge.

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Rick Renstrom
P.O. Box 162492
Altamonte Springs, FL 32716-2492
United States

Web site: www.truemetal.org/rickrenstrom/

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Johnny Asia

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Guitarist From The Future

Guitarist From The Future is a collection of seven instrumental tracks that was marketed on CD-R by mp3.com, featuring the unique music and style of Johnny Asia. Asia's forte is a unique style based upon using a flatpick on steel-string acoustic guitar, along with an aggressive right hand. The improvisations contained on Guitarist From The Future find Asia exploring the bounty of the meditative grooves he chooses to frame each work, and judicious use of a delay device only adds to the wall-of-sound effect. Asia allows ample time for each piece to develop--"Dance Of The Fairy Princess" clocks in at over eighteen minutes, and many of the other jams exceed the six-minute mark. Discerning listeners who appreciate the spiritual nature of a righteous guitarist need to check out what Johnny Asia has to offer. Asia was originally profiled in the August-September, 1999 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Johnny has played many venues in and around New York and New England, including the Knitting Factory and Weill Recital Hall in NYC and several live radio concerts on stations WPKN 89.5 FM in Bridgeport, CT and WDST 100.1 FM in Woodstock, NY. He is currently involved in a collaboration with flamenco guitarist Jeff Armstrong--they have performed together as a duo throughout the Hudson Valley of New York. A CD of their guitar music will be released sometime during the year 2000. Johnny and Jeff recently performed at the Pauline Oliveros Foundation's Deep Listening Space in Kingston, NY. Johnny also works with jazz/new music greats Joe McPhee and Joe Giardulo. Upcoming projects with Joe McPhee are in the works.

Asia has begun collaborating with vocalist and songwriter Sylvia Bullett and a CD is planned for release in the year 2000.

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Johnny Asia
United States

E-mail: Johnny Asia
Web site: www.johnnyasia.info

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