Guitar Addiction proudly present this album to you guys , it got tons of energy and groove plus scary guitar, drum and synth work played with great feel and extreme accuracy and technique, I wont bore you with my words , have a read of the press release and Elmo describing the track in his own words .... or go check out a few tracks here http://elmojk.com/age_of_heroes_preview or elmojk.com https://elmojk.bandcamp.com/
Critically acclaimed Finnish guitarist Elmo Karjalainen is set to release his new record, entitled “Age of Heroes”. The album features 15 new original songs featuring Elmo’s unique style of playing in various genres. The album also features guest appearances from keyboard legend Derek Sherinian, whose CV reads like a who’s who of rock and metal, guitarist extraordinaire Mattias IA Eklundh, and the winners of Yngwie Malmsteen’s Guitar Gods competition, Janne Nieminen and Emil Pohjalainen. The release date is on February 3, 2017.
Turku, Finland. January, 2017 – Guitarist Elmo Karjalainen, whose previous solo albums, “Unintelligent Designs” and “The Free Guitar Album” received much praise from critics, is set to release his third electric solo album, entitled “Age of Heroes” on February 3, 2017.
“Age of Heroes” features 15 brand new instrumental songs by Elmo in a variety of styles, but with a focus on rock. The album features appearances from Derek Sherinian (ex Dream Theater member who has also played with Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper and Joe Bonamassa, to name a few), Mattias IA Eklundh (of Freak Kitchen), and Janne Nieminen and Emil Pohjalainen, a pair of Finnish guitarists who won the Guitar Gods competition in 2016, which was organized by Yngwie Malmsteen and his wife April.
“It’s unashamed shreddy guitar playing, but it’s at times funny, playful and weird, but it’s always played with feeling. To emphasise feeling not much editing was done, and there are quite a few mistakes on the record. Personally I’m drawn more towards players who play with passion, players who move me, rather than to people who sound like sequencers”, says Elmo. The album is available for pre-order at: https://elmojk.bandcamp.com/ (includes two songs that you can listen to straight away). Track list:
1. Warm Welcome 2. How Can Less Be More 3. The Colour of Greed 4. Chikken Noodul 5. A Fertile Discussion 6. The Grassy Gnoll 7. Blue Eyes 8. Party Political Speech 9. Age of Heroes 10. A Meeting of the Gods (And This Guy) 11. Sunset 12. Return of the Silly English Person 13. Falling for Falafels 14. Lost In a Foreign Scale 15. Three Days of Peace 16. Limiting Rationality 17. Breathe
Two of the tracks on the album are spoken interludes, and don’t really count as songs.
“Age of Heroes” features Elmo’s unique playing, which has been compared by people to everyone from Steve Vai to Jeff Beck, both of whom Elmo cites as major influences. He also aims to raise a few smiles with a bit of humour here and there, so this is not just an album of shred played with a serious face.
Boilerplate statement: Elmo Karjalainen is a Finnish guitar player who plays in such bands as Kilpi, Conquest, Seagrave and Helena & Kalevi. He has also released two critically acclaimed instrumental album under his own name, called “Unintelligent Designs” and “The Free Guitar Album”, and an instrumental digital EP, called “Unintelligent Leftovers”. In addition to this he has released an acoustic album, called “Where We Belong”. Elmo has won the 2015 Finnish “Tilu & Lilu” shred championship, and finished as a runner up in Yngwie Malmsteen’s Guitar Gods competition and as a runner up in Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory competition.
The Songs (and general sillyness):
1. Warm Welcome This is a song that I happened to find on my computer when I was wondering how to start off the whole record. I wanted something calm before the storm. I tried to redo the guitar, but ended up failing, and I ended up using the demo guitar. It had something nice to it that I just couldn’t capture again. The guitar is recorded through the Axe-FX II, unlike most of the guitars on the album.
2. How Can Less Be More? After the calm I wanted a storm. This is it. It’s certainly the most extreme song I’ve done to date. The playing isn’t always spot on, but again I felt there was something to the take that I couldn’t top, even when playing it “better”. I kept losing the intensity of this take. The name is an homage to one of my all time favourites, Yngwie Malmsteen.
3. The Colour of Greed I was so lucky to get Derek Sherinian to play on the record, and he did one killer job. It’s funny listening to him on a song of mine, as I have most of his solo albums at home, and I’ve listened to him in different bands for a long time. It’s almost surreal. Thank you Derek!
4. Chikken Noodul Sometimes I veer off into strange territory. This is one such instance. I had the first melody on my computer for ages. The B part suddenly just came together and the solo section basically wrote itself. The actual solo is improvised, as are many bits in between the melody (although that’s also the case for the entire album). My wife listened to this when I was writing it and thought it sounded scary.
5. A Fertile Discussion This is another one with a guest, this time Mattias IA Eklund. He is one crazy guitar player. His technique is out of this world. His playing is just so clean. And the neat part is that it’s still not sterile. He can shred like crazy, but he doesn’t do it for the sake of it. The name of the song is about discussing politics, economics, or some such thing on Facebook (or social media in general). It’s mostly an absolute waste of time. Mattias and me have a much more fertile discussion with our guitars.
6. The Grassy Gnoll Was there a second gunman? I don’t know, and this has nothing to do with that. It’s just a grassy gnoll.
7. Blue Eyes I wrote this one for my wife Sanna a few years ago for her birthday. And then she likes another song on the album more. Go figure. But it’s all good.
8. Party Political Speech This is part of Peter Sellers’ “Party Political Speech”, which I imitated. Sellers captures the often absurd in political speech, where the speech sounds grand, but doesn’t actually say anything. I suppose one way of not lying is not saying anything.
9. Age of Heroes The name has to do with guitar heroes, and also with inept politicians. We seem to have a lot of both types in Finland at the moment. Guess which group I prefer.
10. A Meeting of the Gods (And This Guy) Janne Nieminen, Emil Pohjalainen and me took part in the Guitar Gods festival in Miami. Janne and Emil did a song together and the lucky bastards went and won the whole thing (hence the name of the song). Fair play to them though. They were really good, and thoroughly deserved to win. They’re also really nice guys, and we had a great time in Miami. They also pulled out all the stops on this one.
11. Sunset This is my father’s favourite song on the album. It’s very influenced by one of my favourite bands, Genesis.
12. Return of the Silly English Person He's back! This time with a much more sensible Scottish person who tells him to get on with it.
13. Falling for Falafels This is the second song featuring Mattias IA Eklund. A fun little Joe Satriani inspired song, with some incredible playing by Mattias.
14. Lost In a Foreign Scale This one kind of combines Meshuggah and Steve Vai. The scale that the name of the song refers to is one that I don’t know the name of, although I’m sure it has one. Steve Vai had a song called Bledsoe Bluvd with the same tonality. I was unsure if I should include this on the album, or drop it. I thought that it might be something people might not enjoy too much, for some reason or other, but then I decided to not over think it and just include it. If you don’t like it, sue me.
15. Three Days of Peace In the summer of 2015 Sanna and I had three days of vacation, which we spent in Korppoo. It’s a lovely place in the archipelago outside Turku, our hometown. Those three days were brilliant.
16. Limiting Rationality Rationality has its limits, and even though I have a degree in philosophy, I think it’s good to not over think stuff. The beauty of just feeling things, and not caring too much about potential pitfalls or other nonsense can be liberating. The song ends with a quote from the Fast Show, asking if anyone fancies a pint. A pint can also be a fun way to limit rationality. Remember to drink responsibly however.
17. Breathe I wanted to end the album on a really calm note. So I did. This one sort of also leads to the next album, which will be an acoustic one.