Felix Martin Announces New Album’s Release Date, Specs

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Guitarist Felix Martin has new music on the way.

The virtuoso guitarist will release his new album Mechanical Nations on Friday, February 24.  The album was self-produced by Martin and mixed with Jamie King (Between The Buried and Me).

Martin said the music in the album was inspired by the people and music of South America. He added the album’s artwork was created by his own mother.

“The artwork represents South America “Mechanized,” Martin said. “Many of the songs on this album are inspired by South American traditional melodies and inspired by locations that were then “Mechanized” so to say in a progressive format.  “Barquisimetal” is a good example – it is a place in Venezuela that inspired melodies and the landscape brought out that creative spark. Many South American countries, especially places like Venezuela, are heavily industrial-based economies. The hard work of the people and how it shaped the countries themselves seemed fitting for a progressive rock record. In the background of the artwork, you can see “Petare”, it’s one of the poorest neighborhoods in Caracas, but one of my favorite places in my home country Venezuela.”

Martin said the album’s goal was to force himself to evolve and branch out as an artist.

“The overall goal with this album was to discover unique and new sounds from the electric guitar and to make an instrumental rock/metal record with a Latin spark that sounds band-based,” Martin said. “The music ended up being more melodic and accessible for a broader audience (from the metal, to pop, to jazz etc). I also challenged myself to not use distortion, play solos, or even lead-solo melodies, as I wanted to focus on what makes me different on the guitar and put the whole band under the spotlight.”

The track listing for Martin’s new album is noted below.

 

Mechanical Nations track listing:

1) Flashback

2) Carnatt

3) Eight Moon Headdress

4) Nomadic Tree

5) Da House Cat

6) Cosmo Basket

7) Bom

8) Bom Continues

9) Cardboard Roofs

10) Santos (feat. Angel Vivaldi)

11) Barquisimetal

12) King Zartman

13) Four Handed Giant

14) Canaima

15) Bridge Clock Disparity

 

More information on Mechanical Nations is available online now along with all of Felix Martin’s latest news, tour updates and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.felixmartin.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/felixmartinmusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/felixmartin14

 

 

 

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Martin’s Scenic Album Paints A Stunning Musical Picture

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Venezuelan born guitarist Felix Martin is back with his second full length release (and first full length studio release) from Prosthetic Records in the form of the Scenic Album.  When last fans left Mr. Martin, he was blowing away audiences with his live debut release, Live in Boston.  As unorthodox as this order of things seems, it actually makes perfect sense.  That’s because live shows are the key way of getting audiences into an artist’s music, especially for audiences that have not yet experienced an artist’s material.  He has translated that live show quite well on this record.  This is evident right from the album’s opener, ‘Tango I.’

‘Tango I’ is the opener to what is essentially a near six and a half minute opus split into three parts.  The control of the song’s frenetic energy maintained by Martin and his band mates is incredible to say the least.  Those that have not had the pleasure of seeing Martin and his band mates perform live in person can just close their eyes and imagine Martin’s fingers flying across all fourteen strings of his double-neck guitar.  Even imagining it in one’s own mind is…well…mind blowing.  Just as stunning about this song, is that Martin and company are able to maintain that control through all three movements and six-plus minutes of the song without missing a single note or beat.  That is in itself a feat to behold.  Drummer Marco Minneman’s timing with such difficult poly-rhythmic pattern is just as worthy of applause.  What he does can only be described as controlled chaos.  Along with bassist Nathan Navarro, the trio has crafted a song in these three movements that is as good as anything crafted by fellow guitar virtuosos Steve Vai and Joe Satriani if not better than them.

‘The Tango’ is just the beginning of the enjoyment from Felix Martin and company on the trio’s first full length studio release.  Those that have the patience and are open minded enough will enjoy the album’s other three-movement opus centered on a character by the name of Viroliano.  This trio starts with the character in question “trying” progressive music.  He then moves into the jazz realm, before finishing up with a jaunt into the metal world.  It’s through this trio of songs that Martin, Minneman, and Navarro really get to stretch their creative wings and display their talents even more.  As talented as Martin is playing more up-tempo pieces, it is nice to hear him pull back if only a little bit on ‘Viroliano Tries Prog.’  The riffs almost hint at influences from the likes of Yes, King Crimson, and even certain other bands of that ilk.  ‘Viroliano Tries Jazz’ is just as interesting as ‘Viroliano Tries Prog’ because it switches things up a bit more and progresses the overall opus one more step.  It mixes elements of fusion jazz with a more rock oriented sound that eventually sets up the song’s final movement, ‘Viroliano Tries Metal.’  Martin and his band mates easily rival Dream Theater’s John Petrucci, John Myung, Mike Mangini in this movement.  It’s a good closer because just as with the song’s previous movements, it’s one more chance for Martin and his band mates to display their talents even more.  They prove that they don’t plus play fast and loud.  They show that they can play heavy, soft, fast, and slow.  It makes the overall presentation of The Scenic Album that much richer of a musical picture.

Martin, Navarro, and Minneman prove throughout the course of The Scenic Album that they are true musicians, and not just three guys that can play fast.  The songs noted here prove that.  They aren’t the only proof of that argument, either.  The album’s final two songs—‘Eleven Drums’ and ‘2am’—solidify the argument for those that perhaps might have otherwise still been unconvinced.  ‘Eleven Drums’ is unlike anything else that the trio recorded for this album.  For lack of better wording, it has almost an ethereal vibe about it.  It is far more subdued than any of the album’s other works, yet just as technically impressive.  ‘2am’ is even more proof of the trio’s talents.  This song is all over the place.  It switches up between a semi-swing jazz vibe and something far heavier.  How the trio manages to make it balance is anyone’s guess.  They the Martin and company manage it.  And the end result is a song that closes the album just as solidly as ‘The Tango’ opened it.  And together with the album’s other tracks, it makes the Scenic Album one that true music lovers and musicians will enjoy just as much as any other more well-known instrumental and rock records out there today.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online at http://prostheticrecords.com/?p=3859.  Felix is currently scheduled to appear at the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California on January 22 – 25th.  He is also scheduled to perform at the Baja Prog Fest in Mexicali, Mexico on April 2nd.  To find out about Martin’s latest tour dates and news, fans can follow him online at http://www.felixmartin.net and http://www.facebook.com/felixmartinmusic.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Felix Martin Shows He Is A True Musician On His Prosthetic Records Debut

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Prosthetic Records recording artist Felix Martin is one of this generation’s greatest guitarists.  This graduate of the famed Berklee School of Music has only released one full length studio release so far.  But by the sound of his new live release, “Felix Martin:  Live in Boston”, hopes are very high for his upcoming sophomore release.  Martin uses both his talent and the ingenuity to create his own specially designed fourteen stringed guitar to show that he’s as good as fellow Berklee trained guitarist John Petrucci (Dream Theater) or even Joe Satriani.

“Live in Boston” opens with the absolutely mind twisting ‘High Spirit.’  Martin’s talents are outstanding on this song.  And drummer JP Bouvet keeps pace with him throughout the entire performance.  He shines throughout the course of the entire performance for that matter.  He shows that he could just as easily hold his own against Petrucci’s former Dream Theater band mate and fellow Berklee alum Mike Portnoy.  What is most incredible about Martin’s talent on this record is that while he can obviously play fast all over the record, he can just as easily play slow, too.  And as the old adage goes, anyone can play fast.  But it takes a real musician to play slow.  Any real musician will understand what that means.  And not only can he play slow, the fact that he can switch between slow and super fast within the course of a single song without losing a single beat.  At a time when so many guitarists think that the apex of musicianship is to shred, Martin has shown that control and originality go hand in hand.  Whether it be the album’s opener or the more controlled ‘September 42nd’   or the jazz/rock hybrid of ‘Humanoid’, Felix Martin shows over and over in this performance that he is here to stay for a long time.  And he is definitely one of the leading musicians in his field for this generation.

Felix Martin’s “Live in Boston” is available in stores and online now.  It can be ordered direct via the Prosthetic Records website at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/14918

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