When speaking of extended range, we might find our master in none other than Felix Martin! The 14/16 string multi-fretboard guitar artist is going to release his new, 15-track album this year under the title Mechanical Nations. It’s bound to hit the stores on February 24th, the same date as Born Of Osiris‘ The Eternal Reign. So it looks like that friday will give us some anticipated music! The artwork of Mechanical Nations was painted by Felix’ very own mother Soraya Martin.
We are pleased to announce the offical tracklist, as well as the fact that Angel Vivaldi will have a feature spot on track number 10, “Santos”.
“The artwork represents South America “Mechanized”. Many of the songs on this album are inspired by South American traditional melodies and inspired by locations that were then “Mechanized” so to say, in a progressive format. “Barquisimetal” is a good example – it is a place in Venezuela that inspired melodies and the landscape brought out that creative spark. Many South American countries, especially places like Venezuela, are heavily industrial-based economies. The hard work of the people and how it shaped the countries themselves seemed fitting for a progressive rock record. In the background of the artwork, you can see “Petare”, it’s one of the poorest neighborhoods in Caracas, but one of my favorite places in my home country Venezuela.”
“The overall goal with this album was to discover unique and new sounds from the electric guitar and to make an instrumental rock/metal record with a Latin spark that sounds band-based. The music ended up being more melodic and accessible for a broader audience (from the metal, to pop, to jazz etc). I also challenged myself to not use distortion, play solos, or even lead-solo melodies, as I wanted to focus on what makes me different on the guitar and put the whole band under the spotlight.”