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by Joe McGurk

A guitar driven concept album merging together neoclassical, progressive, classical and flamenco influences and techniques to portray the elements (Earth, Wind, Fire and Water)
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wind (The Calming Violence)
8:13 album only
2. Fire (The Pain and Beauty)
5:17 album only
3. Water (The Graceful Stranger)
3:40 album only
4. Earth (The Aging Wisdom)
6:04 album only
5. Elements (For Guitar and Orchestra)
5:54 album only
6. Movement II: Requiem / Lacrymosa
7:08 album only
7. Movement III: Grand Finale
6:34 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
A guitar driven concept album merging together many neoclassical, progressive, classical and flamenco influences and techniques to portray the elements (Earth, Wind, Fire and Water).

It is the kind of album I have always dreamed of doing, bringing together all my influences and really stretching my technical and creative ability. I knew early on that I wanted to work with a top producer to mix and master the tracks and have always been a huge fan of the sound that Dennis Ward brings so it was a great experience to work with him on the album and to hear the sound take shape.

Please tell me something about each song on the album.

1) Wind (The Calming Violence)
This is the longest track on the album, comfortable exceeding the 8 minute mark. It portrays the calming, unpredictable and yet violent nature of the element with a common classical theme linking together violently paced guitars and fast solos all with a strong orchestral backdrop.
2) Fire (The Pain and Beauty)
This opens with an adaptation from Mozart’s Dies Irae before going into its own theme and is the most neoclassical track on the album. Again there is a strong orchestral influence and it is a fast unrelenting track with nice moments to portray the enigma of fire. The solo section in this track is my favourite on the album.
3) Water (The Graceful Stranger)
This is the first breather for the album after 2 fairly intense tracks. Out of all of the elements this seemed the easiest one to portray as a calming force and the track is completely classical guitar with orchestra.

4) Earth (The Aging Wisdom)
Probably the most violent and fast track as out of all the elements I saw this as the most damaged. The softer sections towards the end represent the age and hidden wisdom below all of the scars.
5) Elements (For Guitar and Orchestra)
This is the first part of three movements and builds from classical into electric with orchestra providing a building backdrop.
6) Movement II – Requiem/Lacrymosa
This is heavily influenced by Augustin Barrios but is completely original. It is a personal favourite and would love to play this with a full orchestra one day.
7) Movement III – Grand Finale
The final movement and back to electrics for some neoclassical fun. A track that brings all of the elements back together in more ways than one.



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