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'Tone Poet'
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Ian Sutherland

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adrian galysh

Adrian Galysh is an LA based session guitarist who on top of his axe for hire stuff there and on tour with the likes of Uli Jon Roth also writes and records his own material and 'Tone Poet' is his first solo release since 2008.

Mr Galysh cites a whole host of influences and promises that this album will feature vocal rock songs, instrumentals with world music influences and sweeping orchestral works and I have to say he doesn't disappoint!

Starting with the gentle orchestral strains of 'Resurrectis' this album feels like a wander through the musical mind of the man that made it. There are traditional sounding unashamedly old fashioned hard rock songs, there are instrumentals which allow him to show off his chops sometimes on acoustic guitar, sometimes full electric. On top of that there are full blown orchestral pieces which would be comfortably at home on a classical album.

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The playing on the album is excellent throughout, the LA axe man turns out to be more about melody than shredding and is ably supported by Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai) on bass and Todd Sucherman(Styx) on drums. Vocals when required are supplied by Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Royal Hunt) and he hits all the hard rock notes required although I found his high-pitched, straining style of singing a bit wearying.

The songwriting is solid and there are no tracks I would describe as weak but the different styles on the album take some getting used to. When played as a whole piece it doesn't really hang together as the styles on each track can be so different it's hard to remember it's the same album you're listening to. I'm using that as a criticism really but I think some people and probably the man himself might quote it as being one of the album's strengths.

Verdict: This is an album which sets out not to be pigeonholed into a specific genre which may give it marketing issues but it succeeds in being both interesting and enjoyable as well as diverse. It's remarkably understated for a solo album by a virtuoso guitar player and is full of really nice melodic moments and can be rewarding to repeated listens. If you have wide musical horizons and enjoy tasteful musicianship then 'Tone Poet' is definitely worth a listen.

Track listing:
1. Resurrectis
2. Brick By Brick
3. When You Fall
4. Flying
5. Movie In My Mind
6. Luminae
7. La Dolce Vita
8. Tone Poet
9. Epoch
10. Echoes of El Greco
11. Ur of Chaldees
12. Spring (The Return)


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

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We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

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