Iím very surprised I didnít find this site earlier. As an unashamed metalhead, the signal/noise ratio here looks really promising, so I had to join up. Being a Brit and a long-time Guitar Techniques magazine fan, in the past I was most active on the Future Publishingís MusicRadar forum (and its predecessor Intermusic). Thatís been offline for months after a virus attack, and the other places I go regularly (Racer X/Petrucci forums) all seem to be dying, so itís great to find somewhere with some life to it.
As I said, Iím from the UK, but I live in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, Germany, which is a great place for beer and lots of other things, including metal. I make German into English for a living, as a friend once explained to his 7-year-old daughter, who then said I was like King Henry VIII of England, who had made the Latin bible into an English bible, only I wasn not quite as fat as Henry! Thatís why the occupation blurb in my profile says what it does.
Appropriately enough, Greensleeves was my jam when I first started learning the guitar, but from there I discovered Metallicaís somewhat similar classical interludes, which got me into really heavy metal music. At about the same time, I heard Extreme and really got into More Than Words and the heavy funk styles of Pornograffitti. My tastes havenít changed much since then: I still like thrash (Metallica, Megadeth, Testament); technical shredding (Iíve most of the Varney brothersí labelsí releases: Gilbert, Malmsteen, Becker, MacAlpine); and tuneful, accessible rock with great playing (Extreme, Mr. Big, Winger, Giant).
My personal guitar peccadillo is collecting old magazines. Iíve every back issue of Guitar Techniques (and lots of doubles, triples and quadruples which I intend to sell some day when I can list them all somewhere), masses of Guitarists from the late 80s to the the mid-00s, the German Gitarre & Bass from about 2000 on, and smaller collections of Guitar World, GftPM, etc.
After not playing in a band since my late teens, I returned to gigging just a couple of years ago Ė a 15-year break! Itís brilliant, just like being 17 again, but with better gear and slightly more idea what weíre doing. Iím still with the same band, and you can find us here:
CYRENCE - Post-Apocalyptic Thrashmetal Without wishing to delve too deep into genres, I suppose weíre ďmelodic thrash metalĒ.
Our four-song demo can be downloaded for free from Jamendo.com, or you can stream it on MySpace, LastFM or Facebook. All the links for that sort of stuff are on our homepage.
The singer recorded the demo when he was shopping for members and doing everything himself in his bedroom. The vocal booth was a walk-in wardrobe, with the clothes still in it!
If you want to hear me play, there are a few videos of Cyrence live on our YouTube channel: Kanal von cyrencerocks - YouTube
As I understand folks here actually still like solos, perhaps try You Kill Me first: [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6dqIFXWrNU]Cyrence: "You Kill Me" live @ Soundcafe Munich - YouTube[/VIDEO]
I'm the guy with the afro and the General Metaller Issue Ibanez RG550. Herbert is sitting behind me with a shocked expression on his panel at not being told that he was too loud.
For studio stuff, weíre working on our debut CD right now (drum tracks are in the can and a few rhythm guitars are done), so all I can offer online is
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMplURbrG_Q]Cynicism - Purveyor Of Khaos - YouTube[/VIDEO]
which was a lead our old bassist and producer asked me to do on his third (!) solo album. He asked for a Slayer-style solo, which I think I failed at miserably Ė I didn't ever consciously listen to Slayer until Hanneman died.
Oh yeah, and for teh lolz, our Christmas video from last year is here:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdFvBeqOuNs]WeihnachtsgrŁŖe von Cyrence - YouTube[/VIDEO]
If you listen to any of that, please let me know what you think! :-)