All Songs Composed, arranged and produced by Theodore Ziras
All Guitars + Bass Guitars recorded by Theodore Ziras at Magic Sound Studio (Athens/Greece)
Drums recorded by Christian Nativo at CN Productions (Melbourne, Australia)
Keyboards recorded by Sergey Boykov at Shadowmusic studio ( Pärnu, Estonia)
All songs mixed and mastered by Maciej Dawidek at Widek Records Studio (Sopot, Poland)
Artwork and cover Design by Gogo Melone
Photo shooting by Eva Zira
Here I'm going to comment a little about the concept and musical aesthetic I wanted to present on this CD.
Monster 5: why this name?
This is my 5th instrumental solo album. My intention was to produce something modern using seven string guitars and experiment into new territories, using various Scales/Modes, new grooves and so... this is my new monster…..
“Monster 5” is literally and directly what the title says. I tried to create a piece of art that blends various styles, grooves and sounds. On this album you can listen to Modern Metal, Shred and Fusion all mixed together in a “unique” (I hope so) way. I hope this CD will be worth all the money you spend to buy it and most important the time that you will spend listening to it. My main ambition is to entertain and inspire YOU… I hope you will enjoy it.
1. Tearing Apart
The opening song of this album. This is the heaviest song with brutal seven string rhythm patterns that gives you a rough idea how the remaining songs of “Monster 5” will sound. The tempo is pretty fast (200bpm). The solo section is one the fastest I ever play so far reaching 20 notes per second (on 2.12) but the Verse and especially the Chorus is catchy and melodic.
2. Chaos I.M.F
This is a chaotic song with a strange (diminished) intro. Reflects totally the situation of my country (Greece). ) Unfortunately after the loan from I.M.F (International Monetary Fund) during the last months Greece is in the greatest crisis of all times. The solo section is quite optimistic. I hope everything will be better for my country very soon.
3. Liquid Fire
Fast and furious track. My guitar is on fire during the whole song. The guitar solo section is whammy pedal-based., sounds like liquid fire.
4. Alex Left the Building.
This song is like a strange joke (but a fast one), inspired from a guitar player I really dislike (I will not tell you who he is) but sometimes you get inspiration even from things you don’t like.
This is fastest track of the CD (240bpm). Catchy breath taking “military march” sounding intro and chorus. The solo based on few typical neoclassical licks that I practice very often in order to keep my technique into shape. Every note during this solo is picked. Extra credits to Christian Nativo, his drumming is unbelievable, thank you Christian.
5. Future Waves
Mid Tempo powerful Heavy-Rock song. Inspired from my favorite Guthrie Govan’s song “Waves”. So… this is my interpretation of this song in a more “heavy” way.
The Verse and Chorus truly sound s like a wave with notes running up and down melodically.
In the solo section you can listen more fusion and “outside” stuff like Dorian phrases, bluesy licks and diminished runs.
Actually this is a continuation of song “Irredenta” from my album Territory 4 (2009).
So you can call it also “Irredenta Part2”
1923 is an oriental inspired heavy song. When I am listening to this music “Konstantinoúpolis” the capital of the Byzantine Empire is coming to my mind.
A great musician on keyboards (Sergey Boykov) plays all the melodies and themes on the second Verse and Chorus plus a great extreme keyboard solo. Thank you Sergey!
7. Into the Rush
A powerful and melodic straight forward rock song inspired from the great Joe Satriani (Track: One Big Rush, Album: Flying in a Blue Dream).
I love this song since early 90’s and I wanted to make “my version” of it. Of course the melodies I did have nothing in common with the Joe’s original track but the vibe and feel is the same (at least I hope so!)
This is a strange song, because the verse and the Chorus both based on the same melody played in different time signatures and this makes them sound different even if the notes are the same. Extremely groovy song with few LTE’s (Liquid Tension Experiment) Prog-Rock flavors and an extremely technical solo.
9. Transition Game
This song is a transition between rhythm and scale changes. Actually I am using more than 10 scales-modes all over the song but the transition between them is smooth and easy to listen. It is a primarily experimental song combining dynamics, ultra fast metal grooves, smooth fusion grooves, virtuosity and elegant playing, one of my favorites.
Mess?? From Mesh-uggah, I really like the Swedish band “Meshuggah” so I wanted to make a song that will sound like them but in my style. Lots of brutal 7-string rhythms, groovy drumming and cool melodies. Sergey Boykov is doing an excellent job on the keyboards.
11. Monster 5
This is the last song of the album, pretty fast song with catchy melodies inspired from a Youtube video of the great British shredder Andy James (I really like this guy). So i asked Andy to play a guest solo for this song and he did an extraordinary job. In the outro of the song Andy and me we’re doing an extreme solo trade-off. Thank you Andy, it is a great honor and privilege for me to have you on my album.