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Across Angry Skies

by Alan Williamson

The long awaited debut album from guitarist/composer Alan Williamson. This album is one of the most outstanding albums a single musician has achieved. The use of melody and instruments and outstanding guitar playing make this album a MUST.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. Entity
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2. Emania
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3. Human Nature
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4. Across Angry Skies
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5. Gates To The Kingdom
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6. Race With Destiny
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7. Spirits
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8. Time - The Law of Entropy
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9. At The End Of All Things...
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10. Sundance - (Bonus Track)
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The United Kingdom's hidden gem, Alan Williamson, has devoted his life and career as a musician. After picking up the guitar at age 11, his road to become an instrumental phenomenon was first inspired by his fathers love for the musical group The Shadows. From that time forward Alan has furthered his playing ability and musical knowledge while being influenced by some of yesterday and today's great rock musicians.

Alan has been playing, performing and recording as a musician for over 18 years. His music is best described as symphonic/progressive instrumental rock; which combines a multitude of elements that pulls from various styles of modern and classical music. Alan best states his musical direction, "I want to have a slight change to the many styles that are around at the moment. There are many great players in the limelight but not many of them seem to be able to write a good background for a song or piece. This is where I wanted to fill that gap and to be original and sometimes unorthodox, to constantly use my imagination and to use everyday topics and subjects to fulfill my musical desires. These are the main ingredients for becoming a good songwriter or musician."
At the present Alan is in the process of writing and recording his follow-up full length CD to his most recent release "Another Kind of World." Alan is highly trained in electric, classical and acoustic guitar styles and is set to take monumental steps forward on his latest recorded works. Alan's goal is to incorporate thematic overtones that will draw the listener into the musical landscape of each new song. Creating these vivid musical journeys, Alan lays out his work, as if on a canvas, where he can paint his musical portrait for all to hear and visualize these thematic landscapes.

Alan's career achievement highlights includes joining the staff at the online music magazine, Hardrock Haven www.hardrockhaven.net , as a contributing writer for guitar lessons in 2003. And has is also a guest columnist for the guitar website "Chops From Hell" www.chopsfromhell.com . Alan is also producing several guitar teaching videos and CD-ROM's for CFH which will be sold worldwide. Alan achieved qualifications in the music business and as a recording engineer. He teaches students privately at Schools, Seminars & Workshops and at his own Williamsons Music Studios, UK and gives lectures on music. Alan has endorsement deals with (Roland, Boss, Parker Guitars, Washburn Guitars, US Music Corp, Elixir Guitar Strings, Lava Guitar Cables and Line 6). He owns and runs his own recording studio "Another Kind Of World Studios" U.K, owns his own record company "Silhouette Records LTD" and is in the process of setting up another company "Digital Audio Ventures" composing music for TV, Media and relaxation CD's for various companies. As a member of the Musicians Union he offers the best in tuition, session playing and performing. In 2001 Alan was voted one of the best newcomers in the Dutch progressive rock magazine, DPR. He has had numerous live interviews on radio stations around the world, print interviews and outstanding reviews of his latest release "Across Angry Skies". His music is on sale with online and digital shops around the world and is also available to hire as a session guitarist, producer and composer.

Over the course of his career he has recorded several promotional CDs highlighting his unique electric and acoustic guitar style. Each release features the exploratory and experimental nature that can best described as the visionary work of Alan Williamson. On his most recent works "Another Kind of World" and "Acoustical Horizons" we are treated to diverse musical textures as Alan incorporates the ambient sounds of keyboards and layered guitars and beautiful acoustic melodies. His latest CD release, titled "Across Angry Skies"," is set again to raise the bar for this most talented musician.

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Progressive Rock & Pogressive Metal - E -Zine

Multiple guitar solos, adorned with amazing keyboards sounds
ALAM WILLIAMSON - "Across Angry Skies"
The United Kingdom’s hidden gem, Alan Williamson, has devoted his life and career as a musician. After picking up the guitar at age 11, his road to become an instrumental phenomenon was first inspired by his fathers love for the musical group The Shadows. From that time forward Alan has furthered his playing ability and musical knowledge while being influenced by some of yesterday and today’s great rock musicians. Alan Williamson has been playing, performing and recording as a musician for over 16 years. Alan Williamson best states his musical direction, “He wants to have a slight change to the many styles that are around at the moment. There are many great players in the limelight but not many of them seem to be able to write a good background for a song or piece. This is where he wanted to fill that gap and to be original and sometimes unorthodox, to constantly use his imagination and to use everyday topics and subjects to fulfill hi musical desires. These are the main ingredients for becoming a good songwriter or musician.” Alan Williamson is highly trained in electric, classical and acoustic guitar styles and is set to take monumental steps forward on his latest recorded works. He teaches students privately at Schools, Seminars & Workshops and at the Williamsons Music Studio, UK and gives lectures on music. As a member of the Musicians Union he offers the best in tuition, session playing and performing. More than a guitar player, I consider Alan Williamson as a guitar´s wizard, a young musician where naturally is developing a wide spectrum of musical styles. His guitar´s sounds has amazing moments of a pure magic and, a strong sense of music and melody. There is something impressive on his musical style, which leads me to another imaginary astral journey, due to the riffs and multiple guitar solos, adorned with amazing keyboards, drums and bass sounds, that had been recorded in my mind for a long time, and which enabled me dream more than I could imagine. Actually, his music is best described as Symphonic/ Progressive Rock Metal, but with touch of the modern rock styles, also including Progressive Rock, Melodic Metal, Progressive Metal, Classic Music and Classic Rock. If you want musical references around "Across Angry Skies", try think about a mix of bands and artists as: "Porcupine Tree", "Blackfield", "Marty Friedman" "Steve Vai" and "Satriane". "Across Angry Skies" was recorded between July - February At "Another Kind Of World" Studios Hartlepool 2004 - 2005. Produced, Engineered & Mixed By Alan Williamson. All music written, composed & arranged by Alan Williamson. A special and particular attention to and my favourite songs on this demo are: "Sundance", "Entity", "Human Nature" and "Emania" (one of the best songs). The main musician on this project is: Alan Williamson - Lead, Rhythm, Classical, Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Drums & Keyboard Programming. Brilliant and indispensable work, highly recommended to all kind of Prog listeners...
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Patrick Stein

You have to hear this album, it's amazing...
The album is by far one of the most amazing instrumental albums I've heard. I'm a big fan of prog rock and film score music and this album has everything. This is Alan's first release and it's awesome I can't wait to hear the next album.
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Metal Perspective

...Phew!!! Oh my God, do I love this man? Alan is surely UK's hidden gem. It too
My first contact with Alan's music was almost 7 months ago when he sent me a copy of his cd "Another Kind of World". Before spinning the cd, the first thing that attracted my attention back then was a phrase I read in Alan's biographical note, saying: "The United Kingdom's hidden gem, Alan Williamson, has devoted his life and career as a musician". Hidden gem I said? Yeah right, now let's listen it fast, write a small review and fulfill my obligation to him. But when I put the cd on my player things turned out completely different. Alan's compelling melodic lines magnetized my ears and mind from the very start. Believe it or not it was the first time I managed to reach to the end of an instrumental album by listening it once.

There's a simple explanation about it and I've written it before. Alan is not a "classical" guitar virtuoso. He doesn't like to blabber with the guitar creating boring supersonic solos. He prefers to compose with it. I'm pretty sure he has completely understood the gravity the word "compose" has in the world of music. And after listening to his new ep "Across Angry Skies" I totally understood the meaning, too. So let me give you the definition in my own words. Compose means to produce majestic tunes that will help the listener create imaginary musical landscapes and travel through them. These tunes can vary in power, heaviness, speed or rhythm but they must always have the same result. In addition, the sound must be clear enough in order to make the listener's life as easy as possible.

That's the conclusion I drew after almost 30 minutes of inspirational music, divided into 6 tracks. The first four will be present in Alan's upcoming full-length release and the other 2 are bonus tracks that I believe will only appear in this ep. I'll try and give you an idea about each one of them. The first one called "Sundance" is an up tempo song, mostly based on the driving guitar riffs and solos, but it's well supported by the stable rhythm section and the exceptional melodies produced by the keyboards. Then we pass to "Entity", which is also walking on the same path. The third in order is my favorite one. "Human Nature" is the name and its acoustic guitar, together with the background choir vocals created by the keyboards and the general melodic environment constitute a spellbinding, slow tempo, work of art. The forth is called "Emania" and it's a mid to slow tempo song based on the rhythm guitar and the exceptional keyboards. Now that I mention it again, Alan's work on the keyboards is simply stimulating. Someone can notice it even better on the 2 bonus tracks, entitled "Gates to the Kingdom" and "Spirits". Alan also made the production and it's far beyond good, adding to the whole project.

Phew!!! Oh my God, do I love this man? Alan is surely UK's hidden gem. It took me long but I finally discovered him. Oh, what am I saying? He presented himself to me and I'm really honored and thankful. I just can't wait for my next "full-length" guitar journey. Before closing I'd like to say something to him; Alan don't send me your next cd, I'll buy it!!!
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