Total Italian Heaviosity
Influenced by guitarists such as Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Stanley Jordan and Jimi Hendrix, guitarist Walter Santu spearheads another one of the more interesting progressive metal bands coming out of Italy these days, Profana. They submitted a five song instrumental demo on CD-R, entitled Soul Path, which offers total heaviosity, tons of blazing lead lines, ever changing moods and textures - all in a demo they put together in six hours. This group needs a label; they feature Francesco Pastore on keyboards, Giuseppe Voltarella on bass, and Christian Assab on drums, in addition to the frightening fast fingers of Santu. No one could listen to this stuff and say these guys are not headed in the right direction - solid compositions that a seasoned producer/engineer could do wonders with.
The band Profana traces its beginnings all the way back to October of 1995 (before there was a Guitar Nine), when a group of 15-year-old music lovers began playing together. Heavily influenced by the thrash and death metal music that was popular in the 1980s, the group eventually found their way to recording and circulating two demos, "New Age Killer" and "The Wind Below", through which they found fame and notoriety in their home city. Back then, Federico Mari was in the group, providing rhythm guitar and voice. Since then, nine years have passed, and Profana has refined their musical knowledge and technique, discovering progressive rock, fusion, jazz - and with them, a totally new and fascinating way of making music.
Profana states that they have a lot more songs and ideas to be explored on the way in the near future.
Viale Italia, 51
00055 Ladispoli (RM)
Web site: www.profana.it
Somewhat Satriani-esqe Instro Rock
You've loved his sausages. No, not that James Dean. You loved him in "Rebel Without A Cause". Not that one either - and you're getting colder. Well, as it turns out, there is a guitarist in England named James Dean, and he now holds the record for submitting the shorted CD-R we've ever gotten, a one-song instrumental hard rock track, about 3 minutes 40 seconds, that will remind you of the early Satch records from the late '80s. Used to be guys would pack on 70 minutes or more on their demos - but that was when CD-Rs were expensive. Dean pulls out his wah-wah, his tapping finger and uses both on fiery solo spots to achieve a totally Satriani-esqe effect on his demo song. Pretty good rock tune for someone on just his fourth year with the instrument - and a self-taught axeman at that. Dean now needs to commit himself to writing and recording a ton more songs - Satch himself had written about 100 before "Not Of This Earth" was recorded. Learn from the best!
James was born in Margate, Kent in 1981 and moved to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk when he was around 10 years old. When he is not playing the guitar, he spends his time working out at the local gym, or working as a doorman at the local nightclubs. James' biggest inspirations for playing the guitar are Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, but he listens to many other great guitarists with differing styles. He is pretty much self taught and although he has been playing for a total of 4 years, the first year he played an average of 10 hours per day just perfecting his technique. James has been in a couple of local bands, and like all who have gigged, he loves the thrill of performing live. He plays a wide range of styles from pop, blues and rock to metal and enjoys them all equally, but if he were forced to choose, he would probably pick rock.
Dean would love to either join or start a band with people equally committed to breaking into the music scene. He is currently working hard on raising his profile in order to get his break.
22 Winifred Road
Norfolk NR31 0BI
Web site: www.jdguitarstar.com