Young rock/fusion virtuoso Andy Wood started out on the mandolin at the very tender age of 5. Coming from a very music-oriented family in east Tennessee, Andy's first musical love was bluegrass - learning how to play the mandolin and becoming a proficient musician from his grandfather (Paul Birchfield) and his cousin Brian Arrowood, who is a monster fiddle player and currently the band leader for country artist Mat Stillwell.
Al Di Meola's highly celebrated career has spanned a wide range of emotions into a unique style embodying the artists world inspired influences. From the velocity and heat of his early solo efforts to the challenge and triumph of the "Di Meola / McLaughlin / De Lucia (Guitar Trio)", from the Brazilian explorations of "Cielo e Terra" and "Soaring Through A Dream" to the global romanticism and Tango inflection of Al's acoustic group "World Synfonia" (self titled debut) and the 2nd "World Sinfonia" recording Heart of the Immigrants.
Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerb
Byron Johnston is gaining increasing acclaim for his unique brand of flamenco fusion and highly original artistic approach to guitar performance. He is rapidly becoming a rising star of the acoustic guitar in the UK music scene following the release of his debut album ‘Oceano’ which fuses elements of contemporary, world and flamenco guitar music and is currently available on iTunes.
His live gigs offer fearsome displays during which he leaves no part of his guitar unplayed. As a soloist he creates the effect of percussion, the ocean and many other sounds on the body of his guitars.
Jennifer Batten is a guitarist who first received word-of-mouth attention that eventually led guitar magazines to take notice of her highly original approach to the electric guitar. On Guitar Player Monthly's premier compilation CD, John Stix wrote, "It was Jennifer's version of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" that was considered by her peers the "scariest and most requested cut on the disc." At one point Batten was in six different bands playing many genres including rock, metal, fusion and funk.
Synperium is a technical death metal band from the southern highlands of Sydney, Austraila. They're influenced by bands such as: Decapitated, Nile, Necrophagist, Spawn Of Possession, Origin and Death. Synperium has always been a band that has progressed and evolved, bringing tight, technical and intense metal to Australian audiences. In 2007, they released the EP "Transfiguration", and began spreading its music around the world via mailorders and the internet. 2008 saw the band sign to local Australian record label, Just say Rock Records.
There are two bands named Nightblade. (1) Nightblade, a thrash metal band from Northamptonshire, UK. (2) Nightblade, a hard rock band from the West Midlands, UK.
(1) Nightblade were formed in March 2007. Rising from the ashes of former band Equalisis, making use of what they had musically and personally they went on the search for a new guitarist and after trying and failing with two they found Aidan Jones, third time lucky! It wasn't long before they hit the local scene (only a month and a single practice later infact) to wide acclaim.
Holy Grail consists of White Wizzard alums James Paul Luna, James J LaRue and Tyler Meahl, along with the blazing co-shred guitar of Eli Santana and the thunderous deathblow of bassist Blake Mount. In smoldering cauldrons of wicked brutality, Holy Grail combines elements of NWOBHM, Shred, Thrash and Doom featuring unmatched vocal domination and guitar astro-technics.
Jeffery Phillip Wiedlandt (Born January 14, 1967 in Bayonne, New Jersey), better known as Zakk Wylde, was the lead guitarist in Ozzy Osbourne's band and has also found success playing lead guitar in his own band, Black Label Society, who have been a part of the Ozzfest tour many times, having guitarist Nick Catanese on the rhythm section. Zakk has been voted "Most Valuable Player" for three successive years in the "Guitar World" (US) magazine polls.