Elias Viljanen | Leadstar

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Leadstar

by Elias Viljanen

Elias Vijanen is the guitar player of Sonata Arctica. Melodic hard rock guitar virtuoso in the style of Joe Satriani
Genre: Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal
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1. Lord Of The Strings
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2. High-Powered
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3. Touching The Sky
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4. Unity For Life
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5. Northern Storm
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6. Fast & Furious
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7. Magic Seven
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8. Follow The Leadstar
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9. Driving Force
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10. Hello
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11. Evilized
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12. Home-Coming
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Elias Vijanen is the guitar player of Sonata Arctica.

Elias “E.vil” Viljanen the Scandinavian guitar sensation gifted with Concord-fast fingers returns with the follow up to his successful debut album “Taking The Lead” with twelve new, all instrumental blazing hard rock tracks on The Leadstar. Lightning speed, spark flying chops, flashy moves, and supreme melodies that rise from below and expand beyond the heavens is one way to sum up Elias Viljanen’s guitar work on The Leadstar. A simpler way would be kick-ass guitar with a great sense of melody. Check out his hard rock, instrumental cover of Lionel Richie's monster hit "Hello" for just one example of what he can do with a classic pop ballad melody. Elias Viljanen has been touted as Finland's answer to Joe Satriani, and his 2005 release entitled The Leadstar will appeal to both musicians and music fans in general.


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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Elias Viljanen - The Leadstar
A Finnish musician started playing the classical guitar at the age of nine. When he grew into a man, Elias decided to direct his ways towards heavier playing. Heavier means thrash and death metal in that case. He played those genres in Blackbay and Astral. His musical horizons were broaden when he heard Steve Vai's and Joe Satriani's music for the first time. He recorded a demo "The Axemaster" in 2001, and then Lars Eric Mattsson decided on publishing Viljanen's debut album - "Taking The Lead" (2002).

His second CD has a characteristic title that means one of Fender Stratocaster's model. Elias got that guitar from his parents in the past. Jari Koivisto is a new figure in Viljanen's band and substituted for Jani Kemppinen and Tero Ylönen on keys. Elias' debut CD was very good, so my appetite for more music was steadily increasing. I have remember a stylistic diversity in Finn's playing on the first CD. It's the same on "The Leadstar". I guess that a guitarist could model on his compatriots of the band Warmen - Antti Warman and Sami Virtanen - and it is best audible in "High-Powered" and "Northern Storm". Obviously, you will hear some references to Steve Vai's and Joe Satriani's works ("Fast & Furious", "Driving Force"). The most tranquil compositions like "Touching The Sky", "Unity For Life", "Follow The Leadstar" and "Home-Coming" should be recommended to the fans of Neil Zaza, Edward Box, and even Gary Moore.

The most distinguishing track is "Evilized", being a guitar play in the style of John5. I also think that Lionel Richie's "Hello" worked him successfully. My opinion is that if I shall enjoy the album, it can't be monotonous and conventional. The stylistic changes, tempo's and moods' turns should keep the listener's mind focused. I am sure that tunes can interest us only in such a way. In my opinion, Elias managed to achieve that trick!