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Distorted Views

by Michael Harris

Michael's "Distorted Views" runs the gamut of styles, from prog to jazz to classical and is a truly amazing progressive guitar statement.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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1. Chambre Noire
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2. Transmigration of Souls
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3. Identity Crisis
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4. Centurion
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5. Questions
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6. Axcalibur
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7. Mozart's Ghost
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8. Stun Gun
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9. Blue Tokyo
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10. Winterlude
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11. The End of Forever
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12. Chambre Noire (minor relapse)
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Michael Harris is a progressive guitarist & composer with over 15 CDs released worldwide with various groups, including his own solo releases, to his bands Surgeon and Arch Rival. His music is a diversity of styles, ranging from neo shred guitar to amazing prog instrumentals (with jazz and fusion breaks) to acoustic masterpieces. All of Michaels' solo CDs are a "must hear" for any fan of cutting edge guitar music and will impress even the most critical guitar aficionado.

On Michael's 3rd solo CD, "Distorted Views", he displays a myriad of meticulously crafted compositions all with incendiary guitarwork, while never losing sight of his strong melodic themes. On songs like "Transmigration of Souls" and "Mozart's Ghost", Michael shows he can shred with the best of them, while using his guitar as a compositional tool rather than an extension of his ego! A stunning release!

"Based on this release, Harris deserves to be credited as one of the leading guitarists of today. Recommended to all guitar-fans!"
[Progressiveworld.net]

"For his third solo CD, guitar virtuoso Michael Harris delivers 12 exceptional slices of progressive rock majesty"
[Dynamitemetal.com]

"This record is what Ritchie Blackmore, Dave Mustaine and Steve Morse might come up with if they were highly charged with the spirit of competition"
[Martin Popoff, music critic extraordinaire]


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Pedja from Serbia/ Europe

Amazing record !!!
From first to last song this record It's full of emotion, amazing playing, heavy riffs and GREAT melodies !! What I liked moust is that here you will NOT hear Satriani, Vai,Malmsteen,Friedman,Moore... and all other guys, here is Michael Harris and his own style!! It's really "sad" that he Isn't much bigger name in music business since he really deserve it and he could easyer be on next G3 tour with Satriani/Vai. Thanx Michael, for one GREAT cd album !

Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Michael Harris - Distorted Views
On the third Harris' solo CD, we have the honour of meeting many talented instrumentalists: Derek Blakley (Haji's Kitchen), Adam Nitti, James Martin (Zanister, Kinrick) - bassists; Rob Stankiewicz (Haji's Kitchen, Eniac Requiem), Mike Haid (Chastain), Clint Barlow - drummers; Matt Thompson (King Diamond) - congas, percussion and drums; Erik Martinez - keys; Dawn Oyedipe - violin and Jenni Ritter - cello.

Aforementioned gang of extremely talented musicians supported Michael to create melodic instrumental progmetal, as the caption on a pick added to my CD's version advocates, "for musical horizons beyond the norm". And it isn't a slogan! "Distorted Views" is a proof that progression can be catchy and accessible if an instrumentalist is as ingenious as Mr. Harris himself. He is also a versatile artist who mixes acoustic, chamber, blues, jazz/fusion music with neoclassical, rock, heavy, and even tribal tunes. An American showed his best side - a special talent for covering classical composition. If you want to listen to Antonio Vivaldi after "tranz-fusion", feel free to familiarize with "Winterlude" that is a reference to Red Priest's (Vivaldi's nickname) "Four Seasons". However "Mozart's Ghost" was an anticipation of "Orchestrate". Michael always makes classical works more original that their previous versions, haha. Yeah, he's a spoilt kid with a guitar, but I must admit that fiddling with that instrument ever works well, haha.

As I mentioned, Mr. Harris is an ingenious composer and guitarist, and it's next time when he proves his axemastery! It isn't strange that David T. Chastain wanted Michael to share the stage with him. Deservedly!