Along with my solo material, I have several bands (which I
compose the music for as well), including THOUGHT CHAMBER (prog,
on InsideOut Music) and DARKOLOGY (metal, on RAH Records).
My solo material (Lion Music, Imminent Music Force, etc),
which is mostly instrumental, combines metal, prog,
classical, and jazz. Personally, I can appreciate everything
from a classical symphony to a prog epic to a 3 minute pop
song, and I try to incorporate all of those planes of
thought into my music.
AIMS AS A MUSICIAN / GUITARIST
Composition is always first & foremost in my mind - playing
wise, I strive to discover unique rhythm structures
(including funk and riffs that groove), and in my solos, to
combine technique with melody and atonality, while also
striving to say more with less.
Michel Harris - Orchestrate
This was my first all “neo-orchestral” release. I arranged
and recorded all the instruments separately (one violin
sound at a time, etc). It was a huge workload, but was very
well received, and that made it very rewarding.
Michael Harris - Ego
Originally released in 1996 on Leviathan Records. I was
happy to be able to completely remix and remaster the disc
for Lion in 2007. Musically, it contains prog, neo
classical, and fusion songs, all with a metal influence.
Michael Harris - World's Collide
This was my first solo vocal release, which was quite a
learning experience. Musically, it is diverse, from prog
metal songs to acoustic songs, a jazz swing tune, a wacky
instrumental, and a short neo classical bonus track.
Vitalij Kuprij - Forward & Beyond
I was honoured to play on ”Forward and Beyond” by Vitalij
Kuprij in 2004, along with many great guitarists around the
I also played on” Vitalij Kuprij’s Revenge” in 2005, with
John Macaluso on drums, Randy Coven on bass, and many great
vocalists (including Joe Lynn Turner.) There is some awesome
music on this record. In 2007, I played on ”Glacial
Inferno”, Vitalij Kuprij’s instrumental opus, again with
John and Randy from Revenge. Vitalij composed some amazing
music for this record!
My other instrumental releases are “Defense Mechanizms”
(1991); “Distorted Views” (1999); and “Sketches From the
Thought Chamber” (2001). Releases with vocals include 3
melodic metal CDs in the 90s from melodic hard rock band
ARCH RIVAL; metal band SURGEON “Encyclopedia of the Insane”
(1996); THOUGHT CHAMBER’s progressive release “Angular
Perceptions” (2007); new prog metal band, DARKOLOGY’s
“Altered Reflections” (2009)
ANY OTHER PROJECTS YOU ARE WORKING ON?
I have just finished "Tranz-Fused", my newest instrumental
recording, and am presently working on the 2nd THOUGHT
CHAMBER, (which is a concept record entitled “Psykerion”),
the 2nd DARKOLOGY record, and my instrumental follow up to
TOOLS OF YOUR TRADE?
Brian Moore 2.13, Gibson Les Paul DC; Wechter Pathmaker
electric nylon string, Roland GR-33 guitar synth, Mesa Dual
Rectifier, Recto and Marshall cabs, Digitech GSP2101, Radial
Tonebone pedal, Boss Ring Modulator, Yamaha Motif ES8 synth
Thank you so much for your support! You are the best fans
ever because you are here specifically for the music. I'm
grateful that beyond the mostly canned music they feed us on
commercial radio, that there are music fans like you, who
have sought out progressive music that pushes the envelope
and that you pay for it!