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Out of This World

by Ryan Formato

High-pyro technic shred guitar playing along with slow melodic ballads.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Patricia
2:23 $0.99
2. Lambdog
4:06 $0.99
3. Fatal Tragedy
4:11 $0.99
4. Out of Purgatory
3:04 $0.99
5. Broken Heart
3:54 $0.99
6. Out of This World
3:48 $0.99
7. Purgatory
3:17 $0.99
8. Dad's Song
2:19 $0.99
9. Arpeggio Autopsy
6:30 $0.99
10. Spanish Alien
4:05 $0.99
11. Shred Dominates
3:31 $0.99
12. Black Hole
4:03 $0.99
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Ryan Formato has created an ultra shredding, yet melodic CD that is sure to please any serious guitarist.

Ryan was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Mastic, NY at the age of 5. He picked up the guitar at the age of fourteen and seriously became interested after hearing Steve Vai. Ryan has been playing guitar religiously for 5 years and will continue with the guitar through college while studying metal and other styles of guitar. He is currently attending SUNY Stony Brook. Steve Vai is Ryan's major influence along with Jeff Denny as Jeff Denny has taught him a lot about the guitar from fierce licks to the theory behind chords and music as well. Ryan has also competed in the Guitarmageddon competition making it all the way to the Regional finals. His songs are inspired by his family, life, as well as his girlfriend of five years: Patricia. One of his songs is dedicated to her and he invites you to listen to the beautiful melodies dedicated to her.

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Out of this World, by 19-year-old shredder Ryan Formato, is an all-instrumental first offering of highly refined neo-classical compositions that delve into shred and fusion. This is a high-energy up-tempo CD that is full of insane chops, high intensity, speed and true improvisational moments. Having picked up the guitar at age 14, this talented guitarist pours his soul into his playing and delivers a wide array of masterful instrumentals that far outreach his mere 5 years on the instrument.

There are 12 tracks on Out of this World that showcase Formatos developing style. For a first offering, Out of this World is a mature realization of music played with spirit and emotion. Formato seems especially at home with all out neo-classical compositions that incorporate strong melody whilst approaching the unconventional. His timing, emotional delivery and high technical skill combine to make all of the tracks on "Out of this World" true shred heaven. At times Ryan reminds me of a young Jason Becker, one listen to the title track "Out of this World or "Purgatory" will confirm this affirmation. Other highlights of this fine CD include my favorite track "Arpeggio Autopsy" where Ryan lets loose and allows his inner sprit connection with the music to guide his thoughtful phrasing and well articulated diminished runs. Ryan has been driven to learn and incorporate as many styles of music as he can into his guitar arsenal. He has a developing sense of melody and drama, which are both displayed abundantly throughout the 12 tracks on Out of this World. Formato is a strong technician with a clean picking technique that adds power to all his solos. Other influences include Steve Vai, Michael Angelo, YJM and if one listens really closely - Randy Rhodes.

Drawing heavily from his influences, Formato is laying the blueprint that will one day blossom into a full on recognizable style. What he lacks in maturity he makes up for in passion and desire. I hear the making of a shred monster that over time should put this young gun at the top of his game.

This entire CD should send out a wake up call to aspiring shred guitarists worldwide. Ryan Formato has arrived and he's here to shred major butt! A neo-classical lover's shred fest. Formato delves into many styles on "Out of this World" and comes up with a refreshing fist offering of originality.



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guitar heroes aren't all dead
Formato's guitar really seems to be singing words to you. The "feel" recalls Randy Rhoads and Steve Vai, but is still individual. Formato knows when to let simplicity rule instead of boring the listener with self-absorbed finger acrobatics like Yngwie Malmsteen is sometimes guilty of. Bottom line, this CD rocks. If you like electric guitar at all, give him a chance!


Great sounding album and leaves you wanting more
This album was made with a lot of feeling. It is reminiscent of players like Vai and Satriani but in a good way. He's doing his own thing and is constantly growing. Looking forward to hearing more from Ryan in the future.

Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Ryan Formato - Out Of This World
Ryan was born in 1984 (Brooklyn, New York). Then, he moved together with his parents to Mastic in the same city. Ryan started playing the guitar at the age of fourteen. He as well learned at SUNY Stony Brook during next six years. His teacher was Jeff Denny in that period. However, the greatest inspirer for Ryan has always been Steve Vai. His dream is meeting and study with Mr. Vai. Other inspirations are the likes of: Michael Angelo Batio, Jason Becker, Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani.

Ryan took part in Guitarmageddon (2003), arriving regional stage. He tried again his hand at the competition in 2004 and won the regional final in the East Coast. He went to Dallas for a central final and gained the sixth position. It should be considered a great success for a young musician, especially as there were three and a half thousands competitors and he had the opportunity of playing in front of fifteen thousands people.

Apart from his solo activity, Ryan played together with his brother in punk rock band - Not Quite Rebels and art rock group - Serenity. Mr. Formato is also a session musician and teaches playing the guitar through the Internet. He describes his style as "instrumental metal with heavy and neoclassical influences". I must admi that there are the least heavy elements in his music, but contests of the debut - "Out Of This World" - could be qualified in such a way. All the tracks were recorded at private studio when Ryan was nineteen.

The first track is dedicated to his girlfriend - Patricia. Its structure is simple, but guitar melodies are really catchy. "Lambdog" tells a story set on farm in which Ryan participated. Then he had seen an animal reminding of a lamb with dog's ears, haha. The composition is played in the similar style of Jason Becker's "Perpetual Burn" (plus wonderful acceleration). Ryan was inspired by his teacher's playing (Dionasio Aguado) and composed "Out of Purgatory". That track proved that classical music isn't strange for Ryan at all. The title track leaves no doubts as to Formato's inspirations, because his style is not far away from Mr. Vai's. The following "Purgatory" is dedicated to Jason Becker, but musically it's closed related to Michael Angelo. A co-author of "Dad's Song" is Ryan's father. Daddy hummed melody, and a son played it on classical and electric guitars. "Arpeggio Autopsy" is typically neoclassical, but most original track is "Shred Dominates" in which Ryan presents a superb duel of two genres - blues against shredding metal. Heavy touches are audible in the beginning of "Black Hole", but, as I recently mentioned, there are not many ones on the album.

If I can hear blues, neoclassical and shredding metal in Ryan's music, I feel allowed to qualify his style as fusion. In my opinion, Ryan is on the long road to gain his masters' status, but taking his age into consideration, he has already managed to overtake many peers and has a chance to equal the greatest. For the meantime, I recommend his CD to the fans of Steve Vai and Michael Angelo.


excellent musicianship for someone so young!
young ryan formato's instrumental cd effort is a sizzling
blend of awesome guitar virtuosity and fine musicianship
that is stunning considering the short time he has been
playng the guitar.i highly reccomend it to fans who appreciate great guitar playing and the dedication it
takes to attain it.

F.A.R. Out: Frets, Axes, and Riffs

Hard to believe this kid is 19 years old!
Hard to believe this kid is 19 years old! A "Jack of all trades" with production, recording, mixing and mastering of this album worth 12 tracks of your time. Ryan is seriously focused with Classical and Neo-Classical styles with mixtures of radio-friendly Progressive Rock. His influences range from Malmsteen to Vai to Michael Batio and Francesco Fareri without turning into a Rob Johnson. I say that because despite RJ is good, he noodles way too much on his albums and with Magnitude 9. I don't rate a player by how many notes he can squeeze into one measure. I'd rather hear textures and harmonies with perplexed timings. Ryan shows that on this album with interesting compositions and terrific fretwork. The best things I like about this guitarist is his attitude. He's cocky, devoted and confident and still knows the fact he needs and wants to work harder to work towards his "Vai" goal. Some may call it an ego but I assure you, he's the Josh Beckett of the guitar world and will make some waves once people give him the opportunity.


Very impressive playing style
Guitar playing is 5 stars out of 5. Production is 3 stars out of 5, therefore i had to give overall 4 stars. However this is a guitar playing oriented album so you don't need to worry about other instruments. And this is what is most impressing. This powerfull playing style by Formato. You would expect to imagine Ryan as some 40 year old professional gutarists. Ok, he is professional, but he is not 40 year old! Oh, no! He is so young yet he sounds so good! Get the album, you really need to hear how this boy plays the guitar.

Paul Viani

You like Vai? You like Satch? Here's the next in line.
This is the premier of a future guitar virtuoso, Ryan Formato, and it's a breath of fresh air among the seemingly overwhelming pollution of the mainstrem crap that currently infests the airwaves of today. Formato combines his knowledge of technique and theory with his mastery of the fretboard and his nack for creating fluent, memorable melodies. 'Out of this world' is a spectacular musical achievement for Formato. This young guitarist will definitely be a household name in the near future, so keep your eyes and ears open: ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the new King of the Fretboard.