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Big Time

by Adrian Weiss

Debut instrumental guitar player album featuring 11 rock and metal songs centered around mesmerizing and haunting melodies with a slightly progressive approach. Many European guest musicians including Victor Smolski are involved.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Summer Drive
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2. Easy On the Ice
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3. Tough Luck
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4. Egyptian Inscription
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5. Desert Sanctuary
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6. Estimated Time of Arrival
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7. Liquid Pension Embellishment
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8. Bright Awakening
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9. Morning Run
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10. Disappear
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11. The Progressive Society
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Album Notes
Adrian Weiss, an American living in Germany and the guitarist of the progressive metal bands THOUGHT SPHERE (1996 – 2002) and FORCES AT WORK (2002 – today), released his first full length instrumental guitar solo album entitled BIG TIME containing 11 songs.
The gripping melodies, catchy themes, heavy riffs and playful musical excursions featured in his solo work never lose the compositional connection to the song. The style connects the wonderful 80s guitar-hero-times with the modern influences of rock, metal and world music.

The following musical guests Adrian got to know over the years in the German music scene are featured on BIG TIME amoung others:

Victor Smolski (RAGE)
Joachim Kremer and Björn "Burn" Sondermann (ASSASSIN)

The guest appearance by Victor Smolski comes as no surprise since Adrian´s band FORCES AT WORK was featured on Victor’s last solo cd, “Majesty and Passion”.

So far Adrian Weiss has released 7 cds with his bands THOUGHT SPHERE and FORCES AT WORK. In addition to his extensive live activity with his bands, he has performed clinics and solo gigs at various events including MY MUSIC EXPO in Dresden (2009) and the Guitar Fight Convention in 2009 and 2010 as well as the NEW DÜSSELDORF POP event in 2011. 2009 through 2012 he qualified for the Guitar Fight Club Live Show and won second place there in 2010 and 2011.
He has also performed solo in the USA.

In 2012 he formed a steady band to present his music live with the following line up:

Adrian Weiss - Lead Guitar
Demian Heuke – Rhythm and Lead Guitar
Jan Ristau – Bass
Lars Zehner - Drums

Press for BIG TIME:

“The melodies executed on the album are mesmerizing, elaborate and often ornamented, something that lends grace and beauty to the proceedings with Egyptian Inscription being a prime example of that. You can feel every note being wrung out of the neck of his chosen weapon.”
John O´boyle (Sea Of Tranquility)

“It´s a very fine album indeed and one that will appeal to both musicians and non-musicians alike, thanks to the quality of both the material and the performances. Bliss.”
Powerplay Rock and Metal Magazine (UK)

“Adrian Weiss quite simply lets his solos do his talking for him. He engages you in an emotional and musical roller coaster ride that includes everything from long linear guitar lines to edgy metal and the fractured stop-start, fast changing time signatures of 'The Progressive Society'. There's real Crimsonesque Frippery at play and an explosion of thrilling shredding that brings a tightly wrapped mangled guitar finish to an excellent solo album. 'Big Time' overcomes the usual instrumental clichés to hold widespread appeal to rock fans as a whole and is well worth checking out.”
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“Overall the producing is excellent, the sound is perfect and this is a very solid album from the beginning til the end. […]
The album "Big Time" is a good way to discover a great musician that has a great feeling in his solos and in his music.”

“Without a doubt, the result is a very professional record that contains perfectly played instrumental guitar orientated music that fits somewhere between melodic rock and somewhat groovy Hardrock, NEAL SCHON meets STEVE VAI would be a good description, so no freaking out here, just bringing you mostly beautiful guitar melodies.”

“Member of a new generation of excellent guitar players that focus on both composition and technique, Adrian Weiss is ultra-highly recommended for fans of “Jason Becker”, “Marty Friedman”, “Steve Vai”, “Scott Henderson”, “Alex Skolnick”, “Steve Stevens”, “Tonny MacAlpine”, “Greg Howe”, “Vinnie Moore”, “Joey Tafolla“, “Marc Bonilla“, “Todd Grubbs”, “Al Di Meola”, “Yngwie Malmsteen”, “Glen Drover”, and “Jarle Olsen”.”

“Indeed Adrian’s skill in conveying emotions through his solos, such as in the compositions ‘Bright Awakening’ or ‘Desert Sanctuary’, is absolutely amazing.
If you’ve never before acquired an instrumental guitar album, then Adrian Weiss’ “Big Time” would be a good place to start.

“Bottom line is that "Big Time" is the perfect way to discover a talented musician. The perfect mix of the 80's 'big names' of instrumental albums such as Joe Satriani, Marty Friedman, Vinnie Moore and Paul Gilbert along with some heavier-fusion elements and there you have a very good release that is recommended for every guitarmaniac out there! This guy can surely play some impressive solos and riffs but he can, also, compose interesting muisc! Well done Adrian!
HeavyParadise's Rating: 8/10“


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Adrian Weiss is an experienced player and talented composer, ranking in musician
Adrian Weiss was born in Germany in 1976, and began to play guitar at the age of 15. From 1996 to 2002 he was a member of band "Thought Sphere", and recorded four albums with them. Since the end of 2000 he has been playing with the Progressive Metal band "Forces At Work"; appearing on their releases "Coldheart Canyon" (EP 2003); "Forcilized" (EP 2004), and “Reverse Feng-Shui Audio Guide“ (CD 2006). Weiss had made a guest appearance on the solo CD of Victor Smolski (of “Rage”), “Majesty & Passion” (2004); and since 2009 he also performs at various Guitar-focused events and Conventions. In 2007 Adrian Weiss began to record his first solo album with songs that he had been writing since 1999. Released in 2011, the album is titled “Big Time”, and contains 11 instrumentals tracks. The record has participation of many guest musicians, such as Victor Smolski (“Rage”), Joachim Kremer and Björn Sondermann (“Assassin”), Demian Heuke (who co-wrote a few tracks) and Lars Zehner (“N-Jected”, “Mercury Arc”); Jan Ristau (“Thought Sphere”); Sabir Salkic, Mischa Blum and Marcel Willnat (“Forces at Work”); and others (see list below). The production was completed in March of 2011 and was engineered by drummer Björn Sondermann in his studio in Duesseldorf. “Big Time” is a precious iten that cannot be overlooked by guitar fans. Adrian Weiss is an experienced player and talented composer, ranking in musicianship, technique and style with guitarists such as “Jason Becker”, “Marty Friedman”, “Steve Vai”, “Scott Henderson”, “Alex Skolnick”, “Steve Stevens”, “Tonny MacAlpine”, “Greg Howe”, “Vinnie Moore”, “Joey Tafolla“, “Marc Bonilla“, “Todd Grubbs”, “Glen Drover”, and “Jarle Olsen”, having minor influences of “Jeff Beck”, “Gary Moore”, “Al Di Meola”, and “Yngwie Malmsteen”. His music is impregnated with melody, sensibility, and energy, blending doses of Rock, Classical, Jazz, Fusion and Metal with perfection. Bass, drums, and acoustic guitars have equal importance on his work, reaching a precise balance with the electric guitars, and resulting in a tasty brew of textures, styles and insightful harmonies. The compositions also recall the work of bands and projects like “Cacophony”, “Liquid Tension Experiment”, “CAB”, “California Guitar Trio”, “MGM”, “Niacin”, and “Bozzio Levin Stevens”. The opening track, “Summer Drive“ (3:53), has a melodious beginning that recalls me of “Henderson” and “Vinnie Moore”, and get heavier later, recalling the duo “Jason Becker” and “Marty Friedman” (“Cacophony”). The Fusion tracks “Easy on the Ice“ (3:23) - driven by a funky swing and clean jazzy guitars – and “Estimated Time of Arrival“ (3:30) are comparable to sophisticated works of “Greg Howe”, “Henderson”, “Vai”, “Skolnick”, and “MacAlpine”. Counting as the very best of the album, “Tough Luck“ (6:26) has a beautiful bluesy guitar on the first cut, changing for a Fusion driven by demolition bass and drums, followed by a sequence of igneous guitar solos performed by 4 soloists (Weiss, Praest, Smolski, and Dring); while “Egyptian Inscription“ (4:23) is an Oriental Fusion Metal reminiscent of “Becker” and “Vinnie Moore”. Other highlights go for a bunch of tracks that blend both acoustic and electric guitars with originality and good-taste: the extraordinary “Desert Sanctuary“ (5:23) (with classical acoustic guitars opposed to electrified solos, reminiscent of a mix of “Marc Bonilla” and “Al Di Meola”); the ballad “Disappear“ (4:16) (with sensible solo); and the superb “Bright Awakening“ (5:03). The last one features ultra-fast scales that prepare the listener for the following “Morning Run” (2:32) – a pulsing Neo-Classical Metal piece that will please fans of “Malmsteen”, “Becker”, “Friedman”, “Vinnie Moore”, and “Tafolla”. For listeners with a preference for Progressive Metal, the powerful “Liquid Pension Embellishment“ (4:09) brings blasting Space-Fusion bass and fast odd-metric drumming, in an obvious reference to the sonority of “Liquid Tension Experiment”; while the heaviest track “The Progressive Society“ (3:48) closes the album with punching Thrash-Metal guitar riffs, insane distorted solos, and explosive drumming, recalling “Cacophony”. Member of a new generation of excellent guitar players that focus on both composition and technique, Adrian Weiss is ultra-highly recommended for fans of “Jason Becker”, “Marty Friedman”, “Steve Vai”, “Scott Henderson”, “Alex Skolnick”, “Steve Stevens”, “Tonny MacAlpine”, “Greg Howe”, “Vinnie Moore”, “Joey Tafolla“, “Marc Bonilla“, “Todd Grubbs”, “Al Di Meola”, “Yngwie Malmsteen”, “Glen Drover”, and “Jarle Olsen”. Band members and collaborators involved in Adrian Weiss are: Adrian Weiss – Guitars; Guest Guitarists: Demian Heuke (Acoustic, Rhythm and Solo - tracks 1, 5, 8, 10); Thorsten Praest (track 3) Victor Smolski (track 3), Daniel Dring (track 3); Mischa Blum (track 11). Bassists: Jan Ristau (tracks 1, 8); Goran Vujic (tracks 2, 6, 7); Joachim Kremer (track 3 ); Marcel Willnat (tracks 4, 9, 11); Michael Schröder (track 5); “Mf-C” (Fretless Bass, track 10). Drummers: Lars Zehner (tracks 1, 5, 8); Björn “Burn” Sondermann (tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9); Sabir Salkic (track 11)...