We're Going To Trial!
Or so it seems. Trial is the name of New Hampshire guitarist Stephen Doe's demo CD-R. It features 10 songs that were written over the course of 10 years. Heavy instrumental rock with a progressive feel is what you'll hear, along with some very agile guitar histrionics. More melodic than most guitarists who have his kind of ability, Doe has the chops to turn it up to the next level when the solo spots call for it, as you might hear on a tune such as "A Long Way (Part 1)". Doe put everything together on the demo in his home with a 4 track recorder, so production values are bare bones, but as a document to get his foot in the door of the music business, it's enough to get across the idea that he can play his axe.
Stephen, born in Springfield, Massachusetts, is 37 years old and has been playing the guitar since the age of 5. He has made several demos in the past, but Trial released, there is another on the way. Stephen is a landscape foreman by day, which pays the bills, but music pays the soul (amen, brother). He has also been into martial arts as long as he has been into music. Stephen is enthusiastic, dedicated and determined to launch and sustain a successful music career. To that end, he studied classical guitar, music theory, composition and advanced composition, as well as jazz, blues and rock. Stephen logged time in his father's band, Wildside from the age of 15 to the age of 19. His desire is to get into the music business so that he can be more experimental in his compositions and push the envelope even farther.
Doe is currently working on a new disc, which will be one song with many movements that would each stand alone, but flow together to make a complete composition.
A Long Way (Part 1)
322 North Main Street
Manchester, NH 03102
Web site: myspace.com/sifudoe
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.
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.
40 Earl Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1M3
Web site: www.myspace.com/metalmandamage