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by Thorbjorn Englund

guitar fused instrumental hard rock from the guitarist of "Winterlong"
Genre: Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jesus Stole My Harley
3:54 album only
2. Heart Of Fire
2:12 album only
3. Demonica
2:26 album only
4. Siberian Nights
3:32 album only
5. Winds Of Change
1:06 album only
6. Wicked Child
2:26 album only
7. Walking On The Edge
1:36 album only
8. A Flame Of Flamenco
1:18 album only
9. Flying
3:55 album only
10. Princess Lane
2:30 album only
11. Notes From The Dark Side
2:14 album only
12. Devilina
4:43 album only
13. W.A.M Goes Electric
0:54 album only
14. The Abyss
2:02 album only
15. Beautiful Beyond
2:30 album only
16. Vikings' Tomb
1:35 album only


Album Notes
Thorbjorn Englund, the guitar magician behind Winterlong, has released his debut instrumental solo album, entitled Influences. As the title suggests, this album pays homage to Thorbjorn?s influences and covers a wide range of styles. Thorbjorn has had the desire to do an instrumental album since the first Winterlong album and it?s at this stage of his career that Thorbjorn felt there was enough quality material to realise this vision. The songs on Influences are a collection of old ideas some that date back to the very first Winterlong promo demo as well as brand compositions written especially for this album with some additional rarities thrown in such as covers of old NES game soundtracks! Anyone that has appreciated Thorbjorn?s virtuoso guitar work on the last four Winterlong albums will find Influences a great insight into what make Thorbjorn tick as a musician. One thing is for certain, anyone that appreciates a well played guitar will dig Influences. Instrumental Guitar (Electric (Heavy)/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal), total running time, 38:53



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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Thorbjörn Englund - Influences
I remember that I recently reviewed Winterlong's album, but no time to waste and I have to write about Englund's solo CD now. A Swede is famous for his presence in Endomorph and cooperation with Stella Tormanoff and Italian keyboard virtuoso - Mistheria. Thorbjörn's aim was recording the album that would be a kind of tribute to his greatest heroes. It isn't a sort of compilation, but rather the original gratitude expressed by many genres.

Dear Readers, how many musical curiosities are included in "Influences"! The album is started by "Satriani heavy metal edit" ("Jesus Stole My Harley"), then stops off in melodic shredding metal in the style of Tony MacAlpine ("Heart Of Fire"), next neoclassical progmetal ("Siberian Nights"), soundtracks for Nintendo games ("Walking On The Edge"; the motif from "Castlevania"), a legacy of the legendary trio John McLaughlin/ Al Di Meola/ Paco De Lucia ("A Flame Of Flamenco"), a joyful track inspired by Vanessa Mae's works ("Devilina"), a reference to classical music ("W.A.M. Goes Electric", that is "Allegro molto" - 1st movement of "40th Symphony in G minor KV 550" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), an orchestral composition inspired by Malmsteen's "Concerto Suite" ("The Abyss"), and it is finished with piano music ("Beautiful Beyond") and expression of respects towards Swede's ancestors ("Viking Tomb" - it was similarly done by a Swedish band called Zonata).

I was astonished to hear not only a lot of styles, but also the richness of musical moods created by Englund. I like that album as much as Marty Friedman's "Loudspeaker", but probably it isn't an accident, because a Scandinavian mentioned much more known American virtuoso as one of his inspirer. Near fourty minutes of melodious and ingenious music on "Influences" should satisfy even most fussy tastes.