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Mystics and Madmen combines elements of Celtic, Latin, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Blues, Funk, with a foundation of Rock and Metal, and the end-product is music that is melodic, heavy, guitar-based progressive rock.

I'm 47, a lifelong music enthusiast, and have been playing music since the age of 6 or 7 (started with piano);composing music since around the age of 15. (I wish I had recordings of those early compositions, as I only recollect that they were influenced by my love of progressive rock, classical melodies, and the Beatles later works...) I switched from keyboard to the bass guitar at 19 (I was in the US Navy, on an aircraft carrier, and wanting to continue with my music, I reasoned that it would be easier to do so with a more portable instrument than my 80+ pound Yamaha CS50 keyboard synthesizer (another thing I wish I had from bygone days... It would be worth a pretty penny in today's retro analog synth market).

I've been into Rush since 1978, Iron Maiden since 1982, but started getting into Celtic and other World music stuff in 1991. Having also switched from bass to guitar in 1991, and was playing classical and folk acoustic stuff. As I improved on guitar, I began revisiting the music of my old friends, Rush, and dabbling with heavier guitar ideas, slowly coming back around to heavier compositions. I was finally convinced when I read about, and heard the music of, Opeth, who had just released the brilliant Blackwater Park album in 2001. Here was a band doing the things I had been doing (although acoustically) for years. I knew then, as I know now, that 'heaviness' is a part of me that I can't easily push aside.

Its been a long time coming, but Mystics and Madmen represents the culmination of my musical aspirations, drawing together the vast and various musical elements that I love into one cohesive vision.