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Modern progressive/world fusion guitarist Felix Martin drops his 15-track full-length album, "Mechanical Nations," today. In celebration of today's release, a guitar playthrough video for the new track "Cosmo Basket" comes online.
Felix Martin states, "This song is one of my favorites from the album. The intro is a duo between drums and guitar, I'm trying to imitate the sound of the drums by doing heavy percussion with the guitar, playing as heavily as I can.
"The second part is more reminiscent of ambient music, almost like techno and house-inspired in some parts. Then, the last part is more like a prog rock tune. The three parts are really different and it showcases the varying ideas that define the album itself." More...
Berklee-educated modern progressive/world fusion guitarist Felix Martin will release his upcoming 15-track full-length album, "Mechanical Nations," on February 24th, 2017.
As a follow-up to last week's release of "Bom," Martin has revealed an official music video for the track "Flashback" showcasing his bandmates Kilian Duarte (bass) and Victor A. Carracedo (drums) with directing by Matt Zane.
"I wanted this song to sound like thunder, fast cars, flashes... really fast stuff, that sort of thing. The idea came to me after a really stressful day in Los Angeles," says Martin. "All of the traffic congestion and warm weather, and then the relief I felt when I got home. I wrote almost the whole song right as I returned home that day. For this video, we wanted to have the band play around bright lights and flashes, as it reflects the mood of the track."
He continues, "Musically, I wanted to have a really heavy sounding guitar without using distortion. The whole thing is played using chords with percussion, always keeping a groove going and clean tones with flashy delays. This song is very band-based, where we are all playing the same thing, as we were all part of a rhythm section." More...
Felix Martin recently announced details regarding his upcoming 15-track full-length album, "Mechanical Nations," due out February 24th, 2017. Today Martin is revealing a brand new track, "Bom," which can be heard below.
"For this song, I wanted to see drums and guitar as one instrument, writing grooves for both instruments in a way that would make sense," says Martin. "This was the very first song I wrote using this guitar you see in the video (FM-907), which is a 9-string and a 7-string together, making it a guitar with 16-strings in one wide neck. I wanted to add that low 9-string open string (which is the lowest note I could possibly play) in a way that would sound heavy and big. I do this by slapping the guitar with my hand open."
He continues, "This song came to me after listening to a lot of industrial, prog and nu-metal music. It's influenced by the band Planet X with a bit of industrial vibe from Nine Inch Nails mostly at the middle, then a general electronic vibe in the interlude. I think Primus influenced this track too." More...
Berklee-trained guitarist and modern progressive/world fusion pioneer Felix Martin first teased the release of his upcoming full-length album late last year. Today, Martin is pleased to reveal the title for his new album, "Mechanical Nations," as well as the official art, track listing and pre-orders.
"Mechanical Nations" will hit stores on February 24th, 2017 and is available for pre-order now at this location. The album was self-produced by Felix Martin and mixed with Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me). Martin details the motivations behind the musical content and culturally-inspired artwork for "Mechanical Nations" (actually hand-painted by his mother, Soraya Martin):
"The artwork represents South America mechanized. 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." More...
Renowned as an innovator in the world of modern progressive fusion music and guitar design, Berklee alum Felix Martin is back with a 15-track full-length album of brand new music, set to release in February 2017.
Self-produced by Martin and mixed with Jamie King this year, the album will feature compositions that Martin describes as "clean, outside-the-box and inspired by my South American roots."
Martin details the multi-faceted musical style on his new album: "For this album, I challenged myself to write every note original to my own sound and techniques. I tried to create an album that's doesn't sound like a guitar album, but rather like a band playing music that everyone can enjoy - from a metal audience to pop, from jazz to a classical audience - always keeping the technical aspects very present. It took me a year and a half to complete the writing. I spent a lot of time trying out different ideas, I ended up writing about 50 songs, and keeping just 15 for the album."
The currently-untitled album will feature artwork also inspired by Martin's South American roots, set to be revealed soon. He continues, "A significant portion of the album was written in Venezuela, so I wanted to reflect that in the artwork."
Stay tuned for full album details. This November in anticipation of the upcoming release, Martin will headline a full U.S. tour presented by Gear Gods with special guests The Fine Constant. More...
Metal bands at SXSW and metal showcases have been released to the public. The Dirty Dog Bar is a major player at this year's festivities. Both Metalsucks.net's South By South Death and Metal Injection's showcases will take place in this venue. Saturday offers three big shows and a chance to see some bands such as The Skull and Goatsnake twice. More...
Felix Martin the Venezuelan two-handed tapping machine is back at it again, melting minds across 14 strings and two separate fretboards. This latest video shows him exploring various Animals As Leaders and Meshuggah-style polyrhythms.
Martin is currently touring North America supported by Barishi, Stinking Lizaveta and DŸSE. The tour itinerary is as follows: More...
Barishi is supporting Prosthetic Records recording artist Felix Martin on the 14-string guitar prodigy's North American Tour, which is sponsored by Metal Injection and launched a couple of nights ago in Los Angeles, CA. Check out Barishi's new video "Smoke from the Earth" below the tour dates.
Barishi will appear with Martin for the remainder of February before wrapping up its portion of the tour with dates in Winooski, VT (3/1) and Boston, MA (3/2). Stinking Lizaveta and Dyse will also be performing on select dates. Check out the complete tour itinerary at this location.
2/07 PACIFICA, CA @ WINTERS TAVERN *
2/08 SANTA CRUZ, CA @ CATALYST *
2/11 SEATTLE, WA @ HIGHLINE *
2/12 VANCOUVER, BC @ THE ASTORIA *
2/13 SPOKANE, WA @ THE HOP *
2/14 PORTLAND, OR @ HIGH WATER MARK *
2/15 BELLINGHAM, WA @ SHAKEDOWN *
2/17 SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ URBAN LOUNGE *
2/18 DENVER, CO @ LOST LAKE *
2/19 KANSAS CITY, MO @ MINIBAR *
2/20 ST LOUIS, MO @ FUBAR *
2/23 CHICAGO, IL @ REGGIES *
2/24 CLEVELAND, OH @ NOW THAT’S CLASS *
2/25 PITTSBURGH, PA @ 31ST ST PUB *
2/26 ROCHESTER, NY @ BUTAPUB *
2/27 TORONTO, ON @ HARD LUCK *
2/28 ITHACA, NY @ JUST BE CAUSE *
3/01 WINOOSKI, VT @ MONKEY HOUSE *
3/02 BOSTON, MA @ O’BRIENS *
3/03 YORK, PA @ THE DEPOT ^
3/04 BALTIMORE, MD @ METRO GALLERY ^
3/05 NEW YORK, NY @ SAINT VITUS ^
3/06 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ KUNG FU NECKTIE ^
3/07 RICHMOND, VA @ STRANGE MATTER ^
3/08 CHARLOTTE, NC @ TREMONT MUSIC HALL ^
3/10 ATLANTA, GA @ THE EARL ^
3/11 COLUMBIA, SC @ NEW BROOKLAND TAVERN ^
3/14 ORLANDO, FL @ THE HAVEN ^
3/16 NEW ORLEANS, LA @ SIBERIA ^
3/17 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW
3/18 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW
3/19 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW
3/20 LITTLE ROCK, AR @ WHITE WATER TAVERN ^
3/21 NORMAN, OK @ ACROPOLIS
* = With BARISHI
^ = With STINKING LIZAVETA + DYSE
Combining a unique fusion of progressive metal and jazz with impactful world and funk influences, Felix Martin is excited to share the news of his upcoming headlining tour throughout North America.
Starting on February 5th in Los Angeles, the six week trek will span across the U.S. including three appearances at the annual prestigious music festival South by Southwest (SXSW).
Joining Martin on the first leg of the journey will be Vermont’s Barishi (appearing 2/5 – 3/2), while the latter half will be supported by Philadelphia’s Stinking Lizaveta and German noise rockers Dyse. Martin will continue to promote his debut studio effort, “The Scenic Album.” More...
After years of attending and covering the metal happenings of South by Southwest, Metal Injection couldn't be more excited to present its first ever SXSW showcase. Metal Injection comments:
"Attendees of the Metal Injection showcase are in for one hell of a night. Scale The Summit and The Ocean will co-headline the show, with support coming from pummeling death metal masters Rivers of Nihil, 14-string guitar shred genius Felix Martin with his full band, the dark blackened ambiance of Vattnet Viskar, post-metal kings The Atlas Moth, and Silver Snakes kicking off the party with a bang.
"The party kicks off Thursday, March 13th starting at 7PM at The Dirty Dog. Free admission with SXSW badge or wristband. If you don't have SXSW credentials, there will be limited tickets on sale for the general public the day of show, so get there early! The poster below was created by renowned artist Mike Wholberg." More...
Gear Gods has posted live footage of 14-string shredder Felix Martin performing at the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA last week. Check it out via the two YouTube clips available below.
Up-and-coming guitar maestro Felix Martin, best known for his self-designed 14-string guitar, is honored to announce that he will be opening for guitar legend Steve Vai this weekend in his home country of Venezuela.
Martin will continue to play a series of shows throughout Venezuela in December and dates can be found below. Martin will make his way back to Southern California in January to attend the annual NAMM Convention, where last year he was seen performing at the Seymour Duncan booth.
He will also make select appearances throughout the beginning of the year including an appearance at Baja Prog Fest 2014.
12/1 Caracas, VZ – Ampitheatre Sambil w/ Steve Vai
12/17 Valencia, VZ – Oh Que Bueno
12/19 Acarigua, VZ – Teatro Cines Acarigua
12/20 Barquisimeto, VZ – Biotel Suites
1/22-25 Anaheim, CA – NAMM (multiple appearances)
3/1 Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar
4/2 – 4/5 Baja California , MX – Baja Prog Fest 2014 More...
Genre-defying 14-string guitarist Felix Martin has debuted a new playthrough video for "2 AM," a jazz/metal-flavored song from his Prosthetic studio debut "The Scenic Album." Check it out below.
Martin's "The Scenic Album" — due out Sept. 17 – combines instrumental progressive metal with elements of jazz, fusion, funk, and world music with support from acclaimed drummer Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Necrophagist, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) and bassist Nathan Navarro. The track listing is:
1. The Tango I
2. The Tango II
3. The Tango III
4. Spam II
5. Triangle Tune
6. High Spirit (watch the clip here)
7. Viroliano Tries Prog (check out the playthrough here)
8. Viroliano Tries Jazz
9. Viroliano Tries Metal
10. Eleven Drums
11. 2 AM More...
Known for his unique amalgam of progressive metal, jazz, fusion, funk, and world music in addition to his self-designed 14-string guitar, Felix Martin has unveiled another playthrough video featuring new material from his upcoming release, “The Scenic Album.”
You can watch and listen as Martin plays a sample from each chapter of the three-part song “Viroliano” in the video below.
Due for release on September 17th, “The Scenic Album” — which features acclaimed drummer Marco Minnemann (Necrophagist, Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson) and bassist Nathan Navarro — is Martin’s Prosthetic studio debut and the follow-up to his 2012 release “Live in Boston.”
Venezuelan born 14-string guitarist Felix Martin has unveiled a new playthrough video for a song from his Prosthetic studio debut, "The Scenic Album," scheduled for release on September 17th. Check out "High Spirit" below. You can also see Martin's custom 14 string at this location.
"High Spirit" is one of three "Scenic Album" tracks that were originally included on Martin’s 2012 release, "Live In Boston," which culled material from several concerts Martin performed while he was attending the city’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.
"The Scenic Album" features Martin’s fellow Berklee alumnus Nathan Navarro on bass and acclaimed drummer Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Necrophagist, Steven Wilson). Described by Metal Injection as "the perfect balance of composure and technicality," the album combines instrumental progressive metal with elements of jazz, fusion, funk and world music. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Tango I
2. The Tango II
3. The Tango III (video playthrough - all parts)
4. Spam II (video playthrough)
5. Triangle Tune
6. High Spirit (video playthrough)
7. Viroliano Tries Prog
8. Viroliano Tries Jazz
9. Viroliano Tries Metal
10. Eleven Drums
11. 2 AM More...
Genre-defying 14-string guitarist Felix Martin has unveiled a second track from his upcoming Prosthetic studio debut, “The Scenic Album.”
Scheduled for release on September 17 via Prosthetic Records, the album showcases Martin’s unique combination of instrumental progressive metal, jazz fusion, funk, and world music, with additional performances by bassist Nathan Navarro - a fellow graduate of the Berklee School of Music - and drummer Marco Minnemann (Necrophagist, The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson). Watch the play-through video for the three-part “Tango” below (courtesy of PureGrainAudio.com).
Additionally, Felix Martin has announced the completion of his self-designed 14-string guitar, “The Jazz Metal Machine" (pictured after the jump), named due to its concept that allows a traditional jazz guitar sound to be played with a huge amount of distortion.
Unlike Martin’s usual setup with two seven-string guitars sharing one wide neck, this new design combines an 8-string neck with a 6-string neck and will also feature the first-ever 8-string jazz pickups, made by Seymour Duncan. More...
Prosthetic Records has released a 14-track digital sampler exclusively on the label's Facebook page here.
Once you "like" the page, you'll be able to download tracks by the likes of Skeletonwitch, Mutilation Rites, Primitive Weapons, and Junius along songs from recent and upcoming releases from Holy Grail, VVisdom, and more. The track listing is as follows:
1. Holy Grail - Dark Passenger (Ride the Void)* out 1/22/13
2. Ancient VVisdom - Deathlike (Deathlike)* out 2/5/13
3. Castle - Corpse Candles (Blacklands)
4. Zodiac - A Bit Of Devil (A Bit Of Devil)
5. Skeletonwitch - This Horrifying Force (The Desire to Kill) (Forever Abomination)
6. Mutilation Rites - Fogwarning (Empyrean)
7. Ambassador Gun - Wounded Knee (Golden Eagle)
8. Black September - Rabid Hunger (Into The Darkness Into The Void)
9. Hour of Penance - Enlightened Submission (Sedition)
10. Dew-Scented - Sworn to Obey (Icarus)
11. Primitive Weapons - Quitter's Anthem (The Shadow Gallery)
12. Junius - All Shall Float (Reports From the Threshold of Death)
13. Heaven's Cry - Compass (Wheels of Impermanence)
14. Felix Martin - The Triangle Tune (Live in Boston)
Venezuelan 14-string guitarist Felix Martin - who recently completed a six-week, 12-country European tour with his trio - will soon embark on his first-ever American tour, which focuses on the western U.S. and includes four shows in the greater Los Angeles area. Martin will be out in support of his Prosthetic debut “Live in Boston,” which compiles tracks from various live sets recorded during his days as a student at the Berklee School of Music.
Prosthetic Records also commented: "Felix Martin caught the attention of Prosthetic Records with his self-invented instrument, the 14-string guitar, which is a combination of two left-handed 7-string guitars on one wide neck that allows both to be played simultaneously. You can see a live video showcasing his unique sound - a combination of instrumental prog-metal and jazz fusion - by viewing the below video for 'The Triangle Tune' (taken from 'Live In Boston')." More...
Prosthetic Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Felix Martin:
"Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the signing of Venezuelan guitarist Felix Martin. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music, Martin writes and performs an eclectic, exhilarating hybrid of instrumental prog-metal, jazz, fusion and world music on an instrument he invented himself – the 14-string guitar. His creation combines two left-handed 7-string guitars on one wide neck that allows him to play both guitars simultaneously, allowing for his unique system of 8-finger chords and slap-tapping techniques."
Martin commented on signing to Prosthetic by stating the following: “For me, the most important concepts in music (and life) are innovation and creativity. Prosthetic is one of the very few labels that works with artists who have unique visions of music, and who offer something different to the world. I can’t be more thankful with Prosthetic for supporting my vision and letting me be myself.”
Martin's Prosthetic debut, “Live in Boston,” will be released across digital platforms on June 5th. Physical copies are available for pre-order now at this location. The album, which features Guitar Center Drum-Off 2011 Champion JP Bouvet on several tracks, includes material from Martin's self-released debut, “Bizarre Rejection,” a handful of songs from his forthcoming studio album, and two tracks exclusive to this release.
Guitarworld.com has exclusively premiered a live video for the track “The Triangle Tune,” which can be seen here. The song, which sees Martin backed by Bouvet and fellow Berklee alumnus Kilian Duarte, will also be included on Martin's as-yet-untitled sophomore album, which will feature Berklee alum Nathan Navarro (bass) and acclaimed drummer Marco Minnemann (Necrophagist, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats). More information on that release will be revealed in the coming months.
Today, Martin embarks on a 7-week European tour, which will see his trio play a mixture of clinics and "traditional" concerts. More...