Xander Demos – “Guitarcadia”

Xander Demos – “Guitarcadia” (Rock N Growl Records)

Behold the next guitar god! With a breathtaking range of endorsements, awards and recording collaborations with artists from all over the world, it’s no surprise that Xander Demos is one of those ‘in demand’ high-energy rock and metal guitar players who performs in excess of 100 times a year! Xander is an avid animal lover and given that ‘arcadia’, the name from which he has chosen to derive his album title, means a place of beauty or serenity, then it comes as no surprise that this album is filled with some of the most beautiful guitar driven rock and metal melodies – although by no means lacking in power! It’s interesting that while being influenced by the likes of Boston, Rush, Van Halen and Journey, Demo’s own inspirations come from other virtuoso guitarists like Shawn Lane and Guthrie Govan. Saying that, it’s particularly pleasing that songs like ‘Right Angles’, ‘Chase The Sun’ and ‘Metagalactic’ aren’t just brilliant examples of instrumental dexterity played to orgasmic levels, but are power rock / metal songs in their own right, albeit featuring the outstanding fluid guitar work of Xander Demos. Breathtakingly stupendous, and yet unbelievably humble, the talent just oozes on “Guitarcadia”!!!

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