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Trained To Play
Released: 2001, Steel Gallery Records
This 11 song instrumental album arrived to me on a burned CD with an inkjet printed label and cover. I figured it might be ok but nothing spectacular. I was wrong. Theodore Ziras is an awesome lead guitarist!!!! Hailing from Greece where he played in such progressive bands as Ice Divine and Guardian Angel he went off to the Guitar Institute of London in 1998. There he obtained his Bachelor degree (Honours) in Music Performance & Composition. Upon his return to Greece earlier this year, Theodore recorded and released his first solo album – TRAINED TO PLAY.
Full of neo-classical playing, orchestration and an overall power metal feel this guy has exactly what it takes to make a big name for himself amongst fans of these musical styles. If you love neo-classical shredders such as: Yngwie J Malmsteen, Jason Becker and Vinnie Moore you have to add Theodore Ziras to your list. If this were 1987, Mr. Ziras would be interviewed and covered in all the guitar magazines. He’d be signed to Mike Varney’s Shrapnel label and all guitar heads would know his name. Unfortunately the trend with guitar magazines has been to ignore new TALENT and concentrate on trends….when you see bands like K**n on the cover of a guitar magazine you know the magazine has lost it’s way and it’s validity to speak as a publication for musicians. Ranting aside and onto the music….on the intro to “Dash” (the album’s second track) the fluidity of Theodore’s playing becomes very apparent. Very nice sweeping! It’s also clear that he has listened to and played along with a lot of Yngwie J Malmsteen!! Another song that stood out was “The Gush” – that’s exactly what guitar freaks will do when they hear this song and the playing! I find it hard to distinguish song names from an instrumental CD unless I’ve heard the CD 100’s of times and know just about every melody line. So let me keep this simple by saying that Theodore is one helluva shredding guitarist, one who I hope we’ll hear more from and also one who will partake in some power metal recordings with vocals.
For more information on this phenomenal guitarist and to pick up his CD visit his official website at: http://www.geocities.com/theoziras/
He also has some lessons on the site along with sound clips!
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