While John Hahn had the club scene abuzz with his guitar wizardry, it was Shrapnel Records head Mike Varney who catapulted John to the national spotlight when he was featured in Mike’s Spotlight column in Guitar Player Magazine. John has the uncanny ability to fuse technique, emotion, dynamics, arrangements, feel composition, flash and fury! In simpler terms, the complete player.
John’s instrumental debut release "Out of the Shadows" on Leviathan Records in the US, Zero Records (Japan), Killerwatt (Europe) shot him into the limelight gaining much international praise and recognition in such publications as Guitar World, Guitar School, Rip, Guitar Player and Guitar for the Practicing Musician. Along with laying down all guitars for Out of the Shadows, John wore many hats during this project as sole writer, producer, and bass player. Rods drummer extraordinaire, Carl Canedy and John “Lloyd” Kistner on keys, joined John in the studio. Notable press included John being featured in a Guitar School article where he was named as one of the “Next Generation of Guitar Heroes”, “The Vai’s and Satriani’s of tomorrow”.
John’s next project had him join forces with powerhouse singer Eric Heil along with Drummer Rob Mount to form the band "Thick As Thieves" where together they wrote, recorded and released “Rock the House” on Avex/Bareknuckle Records in Japan. This “no holds barred” collection of heavy hitting rock showcased John’s compositional diversity in a vocal band setting complete with ripping rhythms and scorching leads. John lights up every track with his unique soloing style that “fuses technique, emotion, dynamics, feel, flash and fury!”
It was at this time when another musical door opened in the form of the first "Guitar Masters" Series CD. David Chastain asked John to join the effort to release a CD on Diginet Music, David’s Internet label. The premise of this release was that John; along with other top-notch guitarists are all given original bass and drum tracks as a canvas to create a picture with wherever their guitar takes them. A reviewer wrote “(this release) shows that John has some serious chops…A must have for all fans of instrumental guitar CDs!”
This was followed by the second "Guitar Masters" CD, which was later released as John Hahn, “Mind Games”. This CD, like its predecessor features John’s unique guitar voice and approach as he attacks the tracks; from tasteful melodic passages to blazing high-speed shred combining structure, freeform jamming and elegant modal phrasings, he tears up each track.
"DARKNESS FALLS" Energized to create another instrumental CD, John then turned back to his studio, composing musical pieces complete with solid foundation songs laden with his signature guitar work of melody, technique, emotion, dynamics, feel, flash and fury! John feels that this is by far his best effort; solid compositions that both the guitarist and non-guitarist will enjoy, lots of movement to keep the excitement pushing towards a crescendo in each piece as well as some of the best solo work he feels that he has ever captured on tape.
John Hahn - "I'm thrilled and very proud to announce the release of 'Darkness Falls', the next chapter in my musical journey. The vibe of this CD is a bit darker, heavier, and more progressive and than my previous releases with tons of guitar. I've managed to capture some of my best tones and performances on this release. This disc nails all the characteristics that I look for and love to hear in an instrumental guitar release and was lots of fun to write and record. I hope you enjoy listening to ‘Darkness Falls’ as much as I did recording it! Cheers!!"