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MAG Project

by MAG Project

Guitar oriented instrumental music. Strong melodies and technical playing inside a blend of rock, metal, progressive, jazz and pop music.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cosmic Disturbance
4:11 album only
2. A Drop In The Sea
7:24 album only
3. Nowhere In Sight
5:16 album only
4. More Or Less
4:23 album only
5. Open Up
6:49 album only
6. Eternity
5:30 album only
7. Looking Up
5:24 album only
8. Storm
4:46 album only
9. No One Like You
4:09 album only
10. Highway 80
4:36 album only
11. Coma
4:55 album only


Album Notes
MAG is a guitar player from Quebec city, Canada, who earned his reputation through his professionalism, versatility, work ethics, showmanship and playing skills. It’s no wonder his career is booming. With his band, MAG Project, he presents a blend of metal and jazz-fusion inside melodic and technical instrumental songs. Think of a blend between Joe Satriani and Scott Henderson, Steve Vai and Planet X, or even Mike Stern and Metallica. His show is energetic and in your face, putting MAG on the way to becoming Quebec’s own guitar hero.

“... his music is well constructed, beautifully melodic, and replete with the delightful contrasts missing in so much guitar-based music.”

“On his latest self-published CD...we hear light and shade; we hear shifts in tempo and feel; we feel emotions from a deep well. And MAG does this without sacrificing the electric thrills generated by his musical predecessors Steve Vai and Joe Satriani – certainly his peers in every way.”

- Muzik Etc magazine

MAG is curently preparing to record his second instrumental release. This second album will feature Quo Vadis’ drummer Yanic Bercier, who was featured at the 2007 Montreal DrumFest. MAG is also finishing the re-release of his first record which has been remastered and added a bonus video, ready for national distribution. MAG continues to promote his instrumental work doing shows and internet promotion while giving guitar lessons and playing for a variety of bands.

MAG has developped a taste for diversity playing for a wide array of artists ranging from pop singers to death metal bands. He has been firstly known for playing with power metal band Forgotten Tales, producing his own brand of metal-jazz-fusion with his own band, and later playing with death metal band Quo Vadis. Along the way, MAG has worked with a lot of artists, among those, Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden’s original singer) has had the chance of having him as a bandmember. MAG is also currently a member of an Iron Maiden tribute as well as a tribute to Scorpions which has had the chance of playing with the actual band on-stage during the 2006 Quebec summer festival.

It is after completing his bachelor’s degree in jazz interpretation that MAG recorded his first CD. Produced in a completely independent manner, recording at home, and taking charge of everything from producing to mixing the entire album.This CD has now been remastered and will be released with a bonus video. And MAG is now ready to unleash the second one, venturing even more in the extremes in metal and jazz-fusion.

The release of the record led to many things. Among those, MAG made the cover of nationally distributed magazine Muzik Etc and also ended up as opening act for Yngwie J. Malmsteen on his 2006 canadian tour. Indeed, MAG Project opened for Malmsteen, as official supporting act for all the canadian dates of his tour. MAG also had the opportunity of opening for a lot of bands passing through his province. Thus, MAG was there opening for Sonata Arctica, Edguy, Nightwish, Gamma Ray, Kamelot, Dragonforce, Angra, Arena, Doro, Therion, Kataklysm. And finally, 2007 also saw MAG touring Europe with Quo Vadis.

So there you have it, MAG, session guitarist and teacher, has played the large venues of the province and beyond and will continue to do so. He has played hundreds of shows, with many different artists in a lot of different styles. Now that the second album is under way, things can just get bigger. MAG will finish recording and continue to promote his instrumental music, making sure things continue in the right direction. Thus, watch for MAG playing with his own band and with Quo Vadis.



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Duane Linn

One for the books
When I first heard Cosmic Disturbance, I knew that this record was going to be something special.

My first impression was that this was going to sound like something out of the mold of Joe Satriani; I was dead wrong.

I will give a few tracks worth of impressions and then finalize with an overall rating.

Track one is Cosmic Disturbance. This track starts out with a bang and keeps on going. Very nice harmony midway through and finishes very strong.

2. A Drop in The Sea: Very mellow and what I would call a fusionesque type sound. Excellent solo work throughout this piece (as is through the whole record).

3. Nowhere in Sight: As the listner reaches this gem, they will most undoubtedly be impressed with Marc's playing and his ability to really put the notes together. My girlfriend even liked this piece.

4. More or Less: When reaching this track, I found myself thinking that MAG has got the right idea about making an instrumental record. He has a sound all his own and this track is smooth and fluid in it's progression.

5. Open Up: My personal favorite on the entire record. As a former guitar player, this one is chock full of scales and makes my fingers hurt just thinking about trying to play it.

The remainder of the CD is simply marvelous (the Scorpions No One Like You is tastefully done and stays true to the original harmony) and I would STRONGLY recommend it to anyone who likes great instrumental music and the bonus is that the ladies will like it too.

Dag Fjellby

Mag Project – just amazing fantastic!
Do you like guitar oriented instrumental rock? Then this one’s for you! An awesome guitar player who also has the gift of making good melodies. It’s a mix of rock, metal, progressive, jazz and pop music. The music is played with strong energy, well performed, and the sound is great.

Author: Duane Linn writes; “When I first heard Cosmic Disturbance, I knew that this record was going to be something special”. Yeah Duane – you’re right. This is very special, and very good too. This kind of music is somewhat hard to find. You will have trouble finding it in your record store, to put it that way. It isn’t that easy to make good progressive instrumental music, and at the same time keep it melodic. That’s exactly what Mag manages to do on this CD.
This CD I will strongly recommend to all fans of the genre, and to all of you who also are looking for melodic music.
I’ve heard a lot of this kind of music lately, but this one’s beats most of what I have been listening to for the last couple of months. A STRONG 5 STAR (plus)