Newly Discovered Guitarist of the Month “Teemu Mäntysaari”

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You might be asking who the hell is Teemu Mäntysaari? He is one of the guitarists for epic Finnish power/folk metal group Wiintersun.  The other guitarist being Jari Mäenpää.  Although Wintersun originates from Finland, they are not well-known when contrasted to other Finnish metal groups including Children of Bodom and Nightwish.  However, they bring rich power metal elements of music with fast tremolo picking on guitar into the arena.   What is even more amazing is Teemu’s music tastes as a musician.  In the interview below, he mentions that big influences include Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, and Shawn Lane.  He does not limit his taste of exploring more music.  Hopefully Wintersun will create more albums in the future to get more noticeable.

Album Review: “Alien Love Secrets” Steve Vai


This astounding Long Island guitarist Steve Vai much like shredders Joe Satriani of Chickenfoot and John Petrucci of Dream Theater, has received critical acclaim.  Being the second EP of Vai’s highly composed work, some songs prove otherwise his head and hands work well joined to make lasting impressions to the listener.  “Bad Horsie” is a fluid beyond a reasonable doubt of Steve’s playing technique.  The heavy distortion added with a some elements of Eddie Van Halen double tapping speaks for itself.  Also, “Juice” is somewhat atmospheric to Joe Satriani’s single “Satch Boogie.”  Perhaps instead of “Juice” it could have been “Steve Boogie,” but I guess that did not come to mind. But disaster strikes. “Ya-Yo Gakk” seems more like a children’s song.  No way should someone have to listen to good music and go through misunderstanding with that disastrous tune of lyrics.  Nevertheless, enjoy the album and prepare for the worse.  [B-]

Tune in Friday

Dragonforce is one of the most interesting metal bands of the 21st century.  Their music requires a lot of technical playing demand and speed to succeed at understanding the group.  “The Flame of Youth,” a song pulled out from studio album three,”Inhuman Rampage,” has a lot of speed.  Herman Li and Sam Totman both provide killer guitar riffs.  The best part of a Dragonforce song?  Both these guitarists provide jaw dropping riffs.  It is amazing how the group achieved over the years creating music that will shock many people.