Progressive Metal – Heavy Metal + Art

When I was 12 year old, I began to play electric guitar. At the age of 14, I played electric guitar for my pocket money.
I liked to play progressive rock like King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Yes etc. but the pieces were too difficult for the collaborators. And I couldn’t find good singer… I must arrange the tracks as instrumental or make new pieces on the same style. So I began to write new music. At the beginning I arranged classical music, Bach, Ravel, Stravinsky… for guitar. I played electric guitar often copletely solo on stage. When I was 16 years old, I won the price “best guitarrist” at the competition of Yamaha.
Playing electric guitar and progressive rock and metal is the foundation of my life as musician.

Playlist 01 – Progressive Metal (39:51)

About the titles

01 Gipsy
Lute, electric guitar, electric bass, drums, frame drum
The rhythm is 9/8 time in irregular beat (4-3-2). It’s the typical rhythm of Roman Havasi, turkish gipsy. You find many videos of it in Youtube.

02 The Rite
Electric guitar, lute, electric bass, drums, strings
I composed this heavy metal track in 8 tone scale (that is to say one tone more than common scale) from the Russian classical music like Stravinsky, Khachaturian. This piece don’t have any harmonic structure. I made it homophonic like Renaissace music.

03 Hymne à la Beauté
7string electric guitar solo
“Hymne à la Beauté” is a poet of Charles Baudelaire. Here is a part of the poem:
What difference, then, from heaven or from hell,
O Beauty, monstrous in simplicity?
If eye, smile, step can open me the way
To find unknown, sublime infinity?

04 Uzume (Goddess of Dance)
Heavy Metal with lute, oud, electric guitar, electric bass, frame drum, Tibetan zimbel, synthesizer
Uzume is a goddess in Shinto, Japanese traditional religion.
Once the sun goddess Ameterasu (Yes, the most important god for Japanese is FEMALE.) was angry and hide in the cave and the world became dark. Uzume danced before the cave. Amaterasu became curious and came out from the cave. So the world got the light again.

05 Isis
Lute, electric guitar, electric bass, drums and strings
I wrote it in 8/8 time (3-3-2) in the first half, then 10/8 (3-3-4) to the end. I made the soli of oud and guitar like a dialogue.

06 Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Lute, electric guitar, electric bass, drums, frame drums, strings

07 Killing Beauty
Lute, electric guitar, electric bass, drums, strings

08 Roses
Slow-metal with oud, electric guitar, electric bass, drums, frame drum, bell, strings
“Rose” is the ornements at the sound hole of oud and lute.

09 Preamble – Troubadour and Knight
Flamenco guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, drums, strings
Troubadour and Knight had opposite social function in the Middle Ages. But the most troubadours were even knights. They mastered two opposite skills.

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