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GEORGE BELLAS - THE DAWN OF TIME

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Released 16th July 2010
LMC289
EAN6419922002896
Genre - Guitar Instrumental

Promo page w/streaming audio: http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/dawnoftime.htm



In the beginning there was nothing... And then there was light! The Dawn Of Time. Fifteen billion years later George Bellas presents to you an epic collection of instrumental songs inspired by the universe, how it was created, and from where and what it came from.

'The Dawn Of Time' is an instrumental album rich in Romanticism and Futurism with over-the-top performances byMarco Minnemann and George Bellas. The album contains a diverse collection of 19 songs that range from simple and delicate, to complex and ferocious. The production is dynamic, clean, and has an open sound to it allowing the music to breath naturally.

Bellas comments, “For this album I wanted the arrangements to be short and accessible, and the songs to be euphonious and tonal, especially when compared to my previous album, which was a single 75 min song and atonal for the most part. For some songs I wanted to utilize compositional techniques and elements from the baroque, classical and romantic eras, and also have other songs lean more on the progressive side by using modern aspects of music. Another important factor to me was the melodies, I wrote some in a lyrical style, and others in a virtuoso instrumental style. I strived for a pleasing balance of the two”.

'The Dawn Of Time' was inspired by the universe, how it was created, and from where and what it came from. Bellas states, “I have always loved science, especially astrophysics, and this album is a creative expression of the visions produced from studying the works of great scientists such as: Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan, Michio Kaku, Amy Mainzer, and Brian Green, to name but a few. Their research, thought-provoking lectures and writings have been the most inspiring resources I have ever had. This album is different from my last two releases which were ultra modern in style, and "The Dawn Of Time" consists more of a neoclassical sound, along with some futurism sprinkled throughout. This new album is also more aggressive sounding than my previous release. The production on "The Dawn Of Time" is very open with lots of dynamic headroom. I do not subscribe to the volume wars that the industry has been in since the advent of the compact disc. When I want to hear somethi ng loud I much prefer to use this neat little invention called a volume knob. So, if this album seems quieter than other albums you're used to - TURN IT UP!”

Marco Minnemann once again performed and recorded some mind blowing drum takes. Bellas – “Working with Marco is always an extreme pleasure. I truly believe Marco to be one of the best drummers that has ever lived. I compose and score all the parts for all instruments in my music, but when I hear Marco's interpretation and the additional Minnemann pizazz he adds, it just blows me away and really takes the parts to a whole new level. And believe me, just playing the complex rhythms I throw at Marco can be daunting, but for him to play them with the intensity and personality that he does is just sheer over-the-top talent”.

The voracious writing process began shortly after Bellas’ previous release "Step Into The Future" was turned in to the record label. Bellas comments, “As I usually do, I first scored out all the parts, and then proceeded to track the guitar, bass, drums and keys. The guitar was recorded through a Focusrite Red Series mic preamp into an Apogee Rosetta 800 converter, and then optically straight into a DAW through an RME PCI card".

"The bass guitar sound on this album was recorded differently from my previous releases. For this album I used a Musicman Stingray bass plugged into an Ampeg SVT Classic amp and cabinet. I used a Sennheiser MD421 to mic the bass cabinet and combined that with the direct out of the amp. Another factor of achieving the bass tone was using a custom made isolation box for the mic, not an iso-box for the whole cabinet, but just the mic. Having the isolation box surround the mic allowed me to selectively increase or decrease the amount of room reflections. For guitars and amps I used the usual assortment of Fender Strats, Gibson Les Pauls, a Marshall 1976 MKII, a Marshall JCM800, and a few JCM900 Marshall amps. For the majority of the album no compression was used, and in the few spots that it was used it was a minimal amount”.


George Bellas - One of the worlds leading and most prolific guitar virtuoso’s returns with ‘The Dawn Of Time’, an album which encompasses all the numerous elements heard throughout his solo career to date on July 16th 2010.

PROMO VIDEOS
Machine Man promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slKRuikaUKA
The Dawn Of Time promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kB1Yfb3EMk

TRACK LISTING
01. Cyclone
02. Seeding The Universe
03. Let There Be Light
04. The Dawn Of Time
05. Machine Man
06. Voyage To Triangulum
07. Mysterious Light
08. Mystical Dream
09. Glimmering Stardust
10. Electromagnetic
11. Genesis Of Life
12. Carbon Creature
13. Suns of Andromeda
14. We Are Not Alone
15. Nightmare Awoken
16. Primordial Atom
17. Metropolis
18. Always At My Side
19. The Angels Are Calling

Total Running Time 79:57 mins

MUSICIANS
George Bellas - Guitars, Bass and Keyboards
Marco Minnemann - Drums

CREDITS
Written and Produced by George Bellas
Artwork and Design by George Bellas
Mixed and Mastered by George Bellas
Guitar, Bass and Keyboards recorded at Bellas Music Studio
Drums recorded at Marco Minnemann's Studio
Published by Bellas Tune Factory, BMI

OFFICIAL WEBSITES
http:// www.georgebellas.com
http://www.myspace.com/georgebellas
http://www.facebook.com/georgebellasmusic

 

 

ALEX MASI - THEORY OF EVERYTHING



Released 16th July 2010
LMC290
EAN6419922002903
Genre - Guitar Instrumental

Promo page w/streaming audio: http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/theoryofeverything.htm



Alex Masi is a guitarist that is constantly pushing the boundaries and challenging himself as a musician. Never content to stay in one musical climate too long, his career is a smorgasbord of musical styles and directions from all out metal, fusion, straight classical to ethnic world influences whether under his own name of the fusion rock outfit MCM. One thing has remained a constant throughout all these albums and that’s Masi’s mastery of the instrument.

Now almost 4 years on from his last solo album Alex returns with his most adventurous and personal album to date – “Theory Of Everything”, an album which has content and an approach quite different to your typical guitar album.

This 10 track instrumental collection of album sees a first for Masi with him handling all aspects of the albums creation himself. This showcases a brand new approach to making music for Masi, something he is keen on exploring and developing a lot more in the future.

“Theory Of Everything” sees Alex stay away from the typical approach used when making guitar albums and explored new compositional possibilities. This is an electric album recorded without using other musicians and it tries to stay away as much as possible from the realm of what's expected from a guitar based album. On handling all aspects himself Alex comments, “The only "new band member" is the new (for me) technology used to make this album. Lots of new software, samples and loops. It really felt like dealing with someone's personality at times. Enjoyable though”.

When not writing or recording his own material Alex Masi is a much sought after session musician with gigs from the heaviest of metal to hip-hop to pop to funk. This eclectic mix of styles is mirrored in the songs on “Theory Of Everything”, from the almost Prodigy esque opening title track, the rock meets middle eastern vibe of “Ladies Of The House”, to the subtle Jeff Beck like phrasing of “The Past”. Fans of Masi’s full on rock past are well served with “Breakfast At Owley’s” amongst others whilst the funk rock tinged “Queen Of Headfuck” makes for a diverse yet easily digestible instrumental offering.

Writing and recording and writing for “Theory Of Everything” ran simultaneously with Masi developing song ideas in his home studio (Haunted Hill) in Studio City, California during the summer of 2009, between a break in European tours. With the album being finished up at the start of 2010. In the run up to the release of the album Alex is currently on tour in Europe performing solo gigs.

“Theory Of Everything” sees Alex Masi jump headfirst into 2010 with style and panache that befits one of the genres most alluring players and composers.



TRACK LISTING
01. Theory Of Nothing.
02. Ladies Of The House.
03. Queen Of Headfuck.
04. The Past.
05. Breakfast At Owsley’s.
06. Big Bad Science.
07. Scratch The Meat.
08. Jam On Haunted Hill.
09. Have A Talk With God.
10. Soul Virus Hack.

MUSICIANS
Alex Masi – All instruments.

CREDITS
Written, recorded, mixed and produced by Alex Masi.

OFFICIAL WEBSITES
http://www. myspace.com/thealexmasiallaudiopage

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