July 2010 sees the release of two of the most anticipated instrumental albums of the year with new releases from George Bellas and Alex Masi.  To celebrate these releases we felt it was a good opportunity to show some more appreciation to some of the labels wealth of guitar talent with some spotlight features and new interviews.  Amongst these players are a range of styles and individual musical personalities and all are recommended.  Keep checking back as new features/interviews will be added every couple of days.

As a special tie in we have a number of instrumental titles all packed full of stunning guitar work on sale this month only at incredibly low prices.  All deals for the respective artist will be shown on the artists page but if you can't wait head on over to the Lion Music store now.

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The first artist to be featured is one of the labels most prolific and respected musicians one George Bellas.  A true virtuoso of the instrument, George first came to prominence in the 1990's on the Shrapnel label winning worldwide praise for his dextrous touch and boundary pushing compositions.

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Alex Masi is a guitarist that is constantly pushing the boundaries and challenging himself as a musician. Never content to stay in one musical climate too long, his career is a smorgasbord of musical styles and directions from all out metal, fusion, straight classical to ethnic world influences whether under his own name of the fusion rock outfit MCM. One thing has remained a constant throughout all these albums and that’s Masi’s mastery of the instrument.

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Marcel Coenen has risen to prominence since the late 1990's thanks to his solo albums and work with prog metal band Sun Caged.  Home to a formidable technique, Marcel shows off flawless execution with taste and wild abandon.  Fans that prefer their guitar work on the more extreme side of metal be sure to check out Marcel's brand of 6 and 7 string guitar magic.

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Marco Sfogli is arguably the world’s hottest guitarist of the next generation. With a style equally at home in almost every genre, from full on shred to straight pop tunes to mind blowing fusion songs, its little wonder that Marco is the guitarist of choice for Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie solo albums and live dates.

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One of the UK best metal guitarists.  Edward Box first came to prominence on Lion Music with his solo instrumental releases before forming the traditional metal outfit Vendetta currently terrorising stages in the UK to widespread acclaim.  Edward posseses a superb array of techniques and a superb easily identifiable vibrato.  A very tasty player indeed.

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A veteran of the instrumental scene. Michael Harris has been wowing audiences for the last two decades across a variety of musical landscapes whether it be the neo-classical waters of his latest album "Orchestrate" to the more metalised leanings of 'Ego Decimation Profile' Michael is a master at many styles and its an artist to watch just as eagerly over the coming years.

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A players to deserves to be massive.  Joop is the epitome of the multi skilled guitarist with a flawless technique yet superb sense of melody and songcrraft.  This talent has even led to Steve Vai himself favouriting him on YouTube.   His three solo albums to date all show a player ever developing his craft.

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Swedish guitarist Daniel Palmqvist is a super tasty super melodic guitarist who debut solo album won critical acclaim for his melodic vision.  That's not to say Daniel is short of technique as he possesses a great phrasing and superb legato style along with a keen ear for the perfect melody.  Discover a great new player with our interview.

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American neo-classical metal merchant Joe Stump has been wowing audiences worldwide for the last 2 decades with countless solo albums, live performances and clinics.  As head of metal at the esteemed Berklee College of Music Joe delivers his metal blitz with over the top aplomb and finesse.

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Michigan based shredder Sean Baker together with the Sean Baker Orchestra deliver shred 2010 style with massive balls and an intensity few can match, yet all the while manage to retain a sense of direction and melody.  Their debut Lion release 'Baker's Dozen' has picked up rave reviews, have you got on board yet?

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One of Europe's finest players, Milan Polak has delivered a couple of wholy instrumental and 2 vocal albums to date, all of chock a block with excellent guitar work along with great penmanship.  Milan could just be the veritable players player.

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A musician of true vision and originality. Lars Eric Mattsson is one of the most prolific musicians on the label yet always with something new to say on every release.  Home to complex chordal arrangements and many progressive elements Lars is one for the prog contingent to delve into.

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Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen might be best known as the guitarist in Section A, but there is another side to him with 3 instrumental albums under his belt, each one a fine example of a very disciplined guitar player who only shreds when shredding is required. He has some great rhythm work and writes his music as some of the more accessible instrumental music you will hear.

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