Age of Heroes – The Making and Thinking Of
This is an album that was very much shaped by my whole experience in Guitar Gods in Miami, and partly also my prior experiences in the Tilu & Lilu and Jamtrack Central competitions. I had been steeped in an environment of shred, where many players were technically better than me, although that’s a slightly hard one to judge, as judging technical ability isn’t entirely objective.
Anyway, I approached the making of this album through the experiences in Miami (meeting my heroes, and playing with/against some killer guitar players). I had also practiced non stop for almost half a year before recording the lead parts. Practice is something I don’t get around to too often these days. Firstly I’d practiced for Miami. After Miami I was so energised I just kept on going. I practiced all the way until I recorded the lead parts. This resulted in some of the most extreme playing of my career. But on the other hand I didn’t want to lose who I am, and who I am is very much someone who plays melodies, and has fun with the music. I am also not perfect.
This time I made a conscious decision at some point to cut editing to a minimum. There is some editing, but almost none in the leads, and nothing in the drums. I’ve even isolated a couple of mistakes after the tracks, just for a laugh. This has lead to an album that has a few mistakes on it, although I doubt most will be audible to listeners. Someone who works with something is, after all, almost intimately familiar with the material. I think this has resulted in an album that is played with feeling, and my hope is that the music will connect with you. I personally don’t get moved by music played by people who are almost machines, or people who edit their music to death. I can be impressed, but after a while I get bored. This is what I wanted to avoid, and I think I did that. You of course might disagree. But that’s as it should be.
Here’s one of my favourite songs on the album. It’s a ballad called “Three Days of Peace”.
If you haven’t pre-ordered the album, you can do so here: https://elmojk.bandcamp.com/album/age-of-heroes
As a bonus for everyone who pre-orders, I’m offering the EP by a project of mine, called Insomaniac, which will probably never be released in any other form (at least not any time soon). If you want the EP, simply email me (email@example.com) after you’ve pre-ordered, and I’ll send you the EP.
As always, feel free to comment, and I hope you enjoy.
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