Here's how it works: Give your full attention to each of the five acts in the challenge for at least 45 seconds before you move on. Of the songs you like, come back for a second and third listen because sometimes, the best songs can take a while to grow to us. Enjoy!
Episode 1 of the challenge
Episode 2 of the challenge
These acts represent five very different genres. They range from new acts with their first album to industry veterans with very impressive credentials.
Common denominators they share?
A passion for excellence in their musicianship and their writing
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This band accomplishes the rare feat of 'checking all the boxes' that attract fans of Progressive Rock (intricate song constructions, stellar musicianship, superb attention to detail in production) while at the same time being "accessible" enough for the broader spectrum of music fans. Very few bands have been able to pull this off. After a few listens, Lifesigns is sure to grow on you.
By the 40 second mark of this video, you should be starting to understand why Don has received the following accolades:
"Alder is one of the most original guitar players I've seen." -Lee Ritenour
"Don totally owned the audience and that's what a guitar star does." - Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief, Guitar Player Magazine.
"Alder is a guitarist that should be famous around the world." Ray Daniels, Manager for Rush.
Listen, watch and enjoy!
Hailing from the world of Progressive Folk Music, this young band shows a capacity for high calibre songwriting that normally requires quite a few more years under one's belt. Featuring four vocalists, any one of which could fill the role of lead vocalist in most bands, they construct some remarkably intricate harmonies. It is a testimony to their professionalism that this song was recorded live off the floor. Pay attention to how the instruments interweave with each other and how they construct their harmonies.
Melodic Hardrock from Sweden - Heavy and melodic with big choruses , edgy guitars and a big arena sound!
What more could you ask for???
Dream Aria is a band that defies being pigeon-holed into just one genre. Their influences (and musical chops) lead them into a fascinating and eclectic blend of traditional Progressive Rock with New Prog, World music, Goth, Ambient Textural and Classical music genres.
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