Marty Friedman’s new album,WALL OF SOUND,which will be released on August 4th, 2017 expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music. It was produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice in Chains) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth).Legendary Queen producer, Mack, came on board to handle the mixing on two tracks, Streetlightand For a Friend, which Friedman proclaimed “an honor for me, for sure”. Regarding the writing and recording process on WALL OF SOUND, Friedman responded with this, “It's a challenge to evolve album after album, especially on your 13th solo album. Not only as a songwriter but it is imperative to do new things on my instrument as well. Luckilythis is a challenge that I love. You will find this hard to believe when you hear the density and sheer amount of guitar coming at you from all directions, but in fact all of the final guitar tracks on "WALL OF SOUND" were done in 9 days.” He continues, “This furious and productive pace was made possible by over a year of making demo after demo and spending more time listening and living with the music rather than just playing it.I had lived with the songs for so long and edited and re-cut them so many times, that by the time I got to the actual recording studio, it was like I had been playing the whole album on tour for a year already. I learned to do this from making INFERNO.” “This is why a lot of artists` debut albums are so strong-because they have had so much time to reflect on and fix the music, and also more importantly, attach real life experiences to the songs. I feel like I have a debut album here.”Once again, Friedman assembled an incredible and diverse group of musicians to record and guests on WALL OF SOUND. His core recording band is made up of Anup Sastry, a modern whiz kid sharing drum duties with uber-veteran Gregg Bissonette, and Japanese bassist Kiyoshi who is undisputedly the most aggressive female bassist on earth.Guests include Jinxx of Black Veil Brides, Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven and Jorgen Munkeby of Shining lends his voice to the only non-instrumental track on the album. Friedman comments on the guests:“Jinxx from Black Veil Brides and I wanted to do something that would shock his fans and my fans. I arranged a monster of a tune called "Sorrow & Madness" based on a melody that Jinxx wrote on the violin. I took his sweet melody and added so many twists and turns that it became a mammoth of Martyisms in tandem with a large side of Jinxx that has yet to be heard by his fans. We are both very proud of what happened.” “I think Deafheaven is the one truly heavy band that comes to mind when people ask me to recommend something that`s not Japanese! I was super excited to work withShiv from Deafheaven. We wrote "Pussy Ghost" together and it is one of the most aggressive songs I have ever played, while at the same time evoking grotesquely beautiful moods that I have never felt before. One thing I learned from making "INFERNO" is that when you have a guest, let them come up with music first. Let it be their baby, so they are personally invested in the song. Then arrange it and do it my way, then add more things together. This gives you a final song that really sounds like both of the people put their heart and souls into the music, as opposed to one guy doing everything and the guest just blasting out a solo somewhere.”“Jorgen from Shining also guested on "INFERNO" and when we finished that song we immediately started talking about what we would do next. For those who don`t know Shining, they are like a steroided out and "genius level musicianed out" version of Nine Inch Nails for the 21nd century, with a charismatic singer/composer (Jorgen) and a wicked sense of melody, that hits me in the gut on every song. "(Just Gimme) Something To Fight" is the one vocal track on the record and it kills. Even after finishing this song we have started working on more new things for who knows what...”Marty Friedman released his first solo album, Dragon’s Kiss, on the influential Shrapnel Records. His tenure with Cacophonyand Megadethhave created some of the most memorable music and jaw dropping guitar solos ever heard. He’s received gold and platinum awards from throughout the globe and continually pushes the boundaries of music. Fluent in Japanese, Friedman currently resides in Japan where he is a fixture on Japanese television and was recently appointed a Japanese Heritage Ambassador to promote the countries upcoming Olympic games.
Scale The Summit
At this point in their career, it's almost easier to list the prog acts SCALE THE SUMMIT haven't toured with than the ones they have. From legends like Dream Theater and Yes, to cult heroes such as Cynic and Devin Townsend, to modern trailblazers such as Periphery and BTBAM, to heavy experimentalists like Intronaut and Mastodon, the band has shared stages with a who's who of the genre's past, present and future.
This mix of classic and contemporary, timeless and topical is also reflected in the instrumentalists' evocative sound, which is just as vital in today's post-post- / anything-goes world of shuffled playlists as it would have been on the freeform rock radio playlists of the 1970s. The group's fifth album, "V," sees the group further develop their colorful musical palettes thanks to the addition of new drummer JC and the work of returning mixer Jamie King (BTBAM, The Contortionist), who also collaborated with the band on 2013's Billboard-charting "The Migration."
Described as "essential prog" by Guitar World, SCALE THE SUMMIT was formed in 2004 after guitarists Chris and Travis met while attending Hollywood's Musicians Institute. The group self-released their first album, 2007's "Monument," before signing with Prosthetic for the 2009 release of their sophomore effort "Carving Desert Canyons." That album earned acclaim from fans, critics and peers alike -- none more high-profile than former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who asked the band to take part in the group's Progressive Nation tour that year.
From there, SCALE THE SUMMIT supported the release of 2011's "The Collective" with rigorous touring. With new bassist Mark in tow, the band then headed to King's Basement Studios in North Carolina to record "The Migration" (2013), their first effort to crack the Billboard Top 200. Described as “post-rock at its most melodic and dynamic best” (Alternative Press), the album was supported by extensive touring across North America and Europe, as well as appearances on several notable festivals (Yestival, SXSW, Cruise to the Edge, etc).
SCALE THE SUMMIT stunned their fans and critics alike on their latest 2015 release “V”, which expertly showcased the instrumental progressive rock band’s sound across an array of beguiling soundscapes throughout each of its ten tracks. Mixed and mastered by longtime producer Jamie King (BTBAM, The Contortionist), “V” broke its way onto several of the year’s “Best of” lists being lauded as “downright flawless” (ItDjents) whille maintaining “ a collection of triumphant compositions that feel like a delightfully delirious, arrestingly hypnotic experience” (Metal Sucks).
SCALE THE SUMMIT have just released their 6th studio album "IN A WORLD OF FEAR" on May, 19, 2017. Chris Letchford, the primary song writer since the creation of Scale The Summit has teamed up with the mighty Charlie Engen on drums and Kilian Duarte on bass to create the most anticipated album in instrumental metal in years. Produced by Chris Letchford and mixed by Anup Sastry. Featuring guests Nick Johnston, John Browne (Monuments), Angel Vivaldi, Jeff Loomis, James Iyani, Scott Carstairs (Fallujah), Per Nilsson, Yvette Young, and Nathan Navarro. "In A World Of Fear" is available worldwide.
The Fine Constant
The Fine Constant is an instrumental progressive band from Madison, WI. The band was formed in May of 2012 when Sarah Longfield set out to begin performing her solo material in a live setting. From then on, TFC thrived as a stand alone project, currently with two full length releases and numerous nationwide tours under their belt. They are known for a unique and technical sound, presented through a dynamic live performance.
Adam Nanez, Ian Flannigan, Danny Peeples