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Pictures from a Time Traveller

by Marcus Jidell

“Pictures From A Time Traveller”, the incredible debut instrumental album from Evergrey guitar- master Marcus Jidell features 7 tracks of outstanding, diverse and top shelf virtuoso guitar excellence
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1. Arctica
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2. Huldra (Ruler of the Forest)
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3. Tesla World System
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4. Rei Zan
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5. El-Amarna (Ruins of Akhetaton)
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6. Space Dog
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“Pictures From A Time Traveller”, the incredible debut instrumental album from Evergrey guitar- master Marcus Jidell features 7 tracks of outstanding, diverse and top shelf virtuoso guitar excellence and gets its digital release on 16 August 2013 via Lion Music.

Marcus Jidell is one of the most respected metal guitarists to have come out of Sweden since Yngwie Malmsteen. With a guitar style that has won him universal acclaim, Marcus is a current member of one of Sweden’s biggest and hardest touring metal acts Everygrey, and previously has worked with prog-metallers Royal Hunt.
Marcus has a very personalised sound, extremely heavy at one end, yet extremely melodic at the other, all the time with a superb feel for phrasing and originality of song craft, and its these traits which are evident throughout “Pictures From A Time Traveller”. On his goal for the album Marcus comments, “I wanted to make an instrumental album that was more then just shred. I wanted to make compositions that were interesting to listen to even if you're not a guitar player. In short, I wanted to write good music with electric instruments that didn't sound like anything I heard before”.

Whilst there is no doubt this is a guitar album, “Pictures From A Time Traveller” has its own unique voice boasting incredible utilisation of dynamics and a variety of styles all of which paint a vast number of picture in the listeners mind, something Marcus was keen to express whilst writing, “When I write I see a lot of pictures and colours and that’s what I’ve been trying to make the listener feel. If you listen carefully to ‘Arctica’ for example you might feel the cold wind, the ice and snow, the silence of the Arctic winter that suddenly breaks when you discover the big polar bear that has been sneaking upon you.. And you start to run".

Joining Marcus for the album is a stellar cast of backing musicians including his fellow Evergrey band mates Hannes Van Dahl and Johan Niemann, keyboardists Andre Andersen (Royal Hunt) and Rickard Nilsson, Svante Henrysson played some cello (ex Malmsteen), vocalist Jennie-Ann Smith (Avatarium) added some backing vocals and even Marcus’father Rolf Jiddel threw down some cello. Marcus says, “I had the privilege to have some great musicians playing on this album and every one of them really put in their own feel in the songs which really made the songs grow! On some of the songs I play everything except the drums. But I think that it is a great thing to put in other musicians now and then in the recording process, to get some fresh ideas and widen your view. Svante Henryson really put in some magic with his cello for example”.
The origins of “Pictures From A Time Traveller” date back some 8 years from some demos Marcus put together in 2005. Then in 2008 began recording drums for the songs with Andreas Johansson. But Marcus wasn’t happy with the results, “I worked for a month with the songs but just couldn’t get the feel and sound I was looking for working by myself and without the knowledge and studio equipment that I needed, so I just got tired of it and stopped the process”. In between touring Marcus continued to work with other studio productions for Royal Hunt and Evergrey which saw his knowledge improve in how to record and mix music. Then in 2012 everything fell into place; “I found the old recordings and listened to the songs and felt they were rather good and it relit the fuse. I started to work on the songs again to finish the recordings that Andreas had played drums on. We used the drums we recorded 5 years ago on 3 of the songs but we had to re-record drums on ‘Huldra’ to get the groove right. That had nothing to do with how Andreas played originally but how it was recorded. While on tour with Evergrey, Hannes Van Dahl and I talked about him playing on some songs on the album too, so when we found the time we recorded those. Hannes plays drums on two of the songs and did a great job.
Andre Andersen, Svante Henrysson, Rickard Nilsson, Jennie-Ann Smith and my father Rolf Jidell all helped me to make this album something special and I am thankful for their input”.

Born in Stockholm, Sweden on September 11th 1973, Marcus was raised in a big family where everybody played music, it came natural for him to start playing an instrument himself, so he picked up the cello at the age of 8. A bit later he was chosen to be a member of the Stockholm Opera children's choir as well. When Marcus was about 13 he fell in love with the sound of electric guitars -after listening to albums by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Yngwie Malmsteen. Marcus is a musician with a lot of different influences, because of that he has mastered styles like, hard rock, metal, blues, soul, rock, country, latin, Swedish folk music and a lot more.


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Forget Vai, Satriani etc, Marcus Jidell is your new guitar instrumental god
Marcus Jidell to many will be better known as a current guitarist in Evrgrey and a previous employee of Royal Hunt. Yet “Pictures From A Time Traveller” is the guitarists debut solo album and sees a work in the instrumental mould yet one that will come as a pleasant surprise to many.

Now before you fear a million notes per second type release prepare to think again. Granted whilst Marcus can melt frets with the best out there, he also is a masterful composer and so this album works more as a collection of “songs” as opposed to mundane musical backings servicing as a backdrop for even more tasteless shredding.

Fans of Evergrey will appreciate the dark undertones to the music and the album in many ways is a conceptual work in so much as the music delivers rich imagery to the listener and takes you on your own journey.

Opener ‘Artica’ offers up different strands of light and shade with Jidell’s impassioned guitar work working its way through different moods over an inventive musical back from drummer Andreas Johansson and Evergrey/ Therion/Mind’s Eye bassist Johan Niemann and even Marcus’ own father on cello! Other musicians featured on the album include Evergrey drummer Hannes Van Dahl on 2 tracks and former Yngwie Malmsteen bassist, Svante Henryson on Cello.

“Pictures From A Time Traveller” boasts a strong textural backdrop of keyboard and piano which help create more depth throughout the album.

“Huldra (Ruler Of The Forest)” is built around a jaunty almost folk like melody whilst “Tesla World System” is a 70’s prog influenced meets gothic metal type affair with a organ solo from Royal Hunt’s mastermind Andre’ Andersen as well.

“Rei-Zan” is built around an emotional melodic theme which allows Marcus the chance to really show what he can do with soulful string bends and note choice.

The six minute “El-Amarna (Ruins of Akhetaton)” has, as its title suggest, an almost Egyptian theme to the melody and the track is a definite highlight building as it goes along, and there is some truly fine fretwork here.

“Space Dog” fuses metal riffs and even more quality leads with a Pink Floyd type ambient backdrop before the album closes with the delicate “Wedding Song”.

With a running time of just under 34 minutes for the 7 songs on “Pictures From A Time Traveller” this album certainly won’t outstay its welcome, indeed you will find yourself longing for more. This is also an album that I can see staying with the listener for a long time, there is a lot of discover contained within, yet also enough from the first listen to get you interested in the first place.

Marcus Jidell has delivered a first class album with “Pictures From A Time Traveller” sporting excellent song craft, superb performances from all involved and a very strong production to boot. Budding instrumental guitarists of the world grab this and give yourself a master class in how good the genre can be.