In the last couple of years, more and more fans of instrumental guitar music became aware of an interesting guitar player from Hungary. This new guy on the scene, Jonas Tamas, sounds a bit different than your “average” guitar hero. He has managed to create a unique style of hard rock, progressive, shred elements, combined with a hint of fusion and funk here and there.
Jonas Tamas has played with several bands in his country, making successful gigs on the biggest rock festival in Central Europe, Sziget Festival.
His debut instrumental guitar album, with the profound title "Sharp Guitars From A Flat Planet" contains over 64 minutes of guitar-driven instrumental music. It is a very diverse album, with songs ranging from progressive metal, through neoclassical shred to bluesy riffage, pure hard rock to mellow moments with piano and acoustic guitars.
As Jonas states in interviews, he strives to put unexpected elements, sounds and approaches in his music, sometimes by using uncommon scales or modal changes (like the appearance of the special “Locrian natural 6” scale in the main riff of Locrian Locusts), or combining the heaviest segments with delightful acoustic passages (for example in the song entitled Stormbeaten, which tells the story about the formation and the raging of a huge storm).
Besides the 12 songs on the album, there is a free downloadable 'Sharp Guitars Bonus Pack', which contains a 6-minute-long bonus track called 'Balance in Hand' plus a greeting card - and what's more, also guitar tablatures of some of the riffs and solo segments from the album, and backing tracks for the solo sections of Zenith and Eloquent Look. If you purchase the album on CDBaby then you are entitled to request the 'Sharp Guitars Bonus Pack', just write a mail to the artist asking for the package.