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Felix Martin

From: Venezuela
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Below is our complete Felix Martin news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Felix Martin Announces North American Tour

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...

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Scale The Summit To Play Metal Injection Showcase

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...

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Felix Martin Footage From NAMM Available

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.


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Felix Martin To Open For Steve Vai

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...

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Felix Martin Posts "2 AM" Playthrough

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...

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Felix Martin Posts "Viroliano" Playthrough

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.”

You can pre-order a bundle consisting of both albums along with an exclusive t-shirt design featuring Martin’s unique 14-string guitar at this location. More...

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Felix Martin Posts Playthrough Video

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...

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Felix Martin Designs New 14 String Guitar

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...

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Prosthetic Records Offering Sampler For Download

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)

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Felix Martin Announces U.S. Tour

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...

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Felix Martin Signs With Prosthetic Records

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...

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