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Toehider gig with gibson les paul

A few weeks back we did a great gig at the Ding Dong lounge. I borrowed my brother's Gibson Les Paul for a couple of songs and it ROCKED. I have to say.. I'm pretty darn proud of my solo in this video!


Top 10 guitar solos of all time

A few days ago I saw this. And I think it's an abomination. I guess I deserve all that I get reading anything from the nme :)

So in an attempt to give a bit more credence to the guitarists who actually, you know, know how to play the guitar, here's the guitar solo's that I think really re-defined the art of the electric guitar.

1. Deep Purple - Lazy

In 1972 Deep Purple decided to record the rock album of all time. Every solo on this album is a killer, and every song is a killer. Deep purple have always been an amazing live band and this really shows up in their chemistry.

2. Eddie Van Halen - Eruption

In 1979 Eddie Van Halen exploded all over his first album and boy was this a stunner. For years nobody could work out how he did it and called him a cheat! But we know the truth.. the guy was a genius!

3. Yngie Malmsteen - Far Beyond the Sun

In 1984 Malmsteen released "Rising Force" and defined a new style of metal - neoclassical. Similar to Van Halen a lot of people thought that his records were sped up - how could anyone play that fast?

4. Joe Satriani - Crushing Day

In 1987 Joe Satriani sat down and recorded the epitome of instrumental rock. The classic "Surfing with the alien". Too many great solo's to choose from, so ...

Shoot Em Ups Album

Remember those cool games in the 80's where you shot everything in sight? Those were the best games. The music was sometimes pretty cool too - and made even better when bought into the present with some MASSIVE GUITARS.

Shoot 'Em Ups

This collection features Doom 2, Commander Keen 4, R-Type, Ghouls and Ghosts, Double Dragon, and two tunes from the obscure Japanese PC only shoot-em-up games named Touhou!

Track listing:

1. Deep Mountain (Touhou #7 Stage 1) - 03:06

This is the first song that I'd recorded in a while. I went for a different approach with contrasting between the clean guitars and then the monstrously heavy 7-string, and then back to the acoustic. Compositionally wise it's pretty simple, just repeating the main melody 3 times, but it's the arrangement that (hopefully) makes it interesting. Ideally I would have liked to expand the heavy section, but in a short burst it leaves you wanting more.

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Next covers album track 2

Track number 2 is a medley of tunes from R-Type:

It's an epic 6 minuter that syncs up exactly with the original version. Phew!

Next covers album..

The new covers album is coming along great. Seven songs recorded so far, about half an hours worth of music. Here's track number one:

This tune is from a game titled Perfect Cherry Blossom, which is the 7th in the LONG series of PC shoot-em-up games named "Touhou". They're a bit of a Japanese sensation (there's actually a massive conference each year dedicated to the games. The game is fantastic too, here's a video:

So I've got 6 more covers to release... all different games... if you want to keep up to date you can either use:

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Modernising church worship music vs keeping it traditional

Mark Peterson recently wrote an article titled Contemporary v Traditional: 8 reasons it's hard to choose. I'd like to comment on this issue as it is one that is very close to my heart!

To be upfront - I play guitar. Not wimpy acoustic guitar, but screaming 80's metal guitar. I like to lather on the distortion and see how fast I can play:

I don't have much of a choice. I love heavy metal. I LOVE it. I can't play piano, I can't play hymns, and I don't have a clasically trained voice. With that in mind, I think there are some guidelines that we can follow to determine if we should be playing contemporary or traditional music at our church.

Let's say I turn up to church, and there's one hundred people in the congregation. Everyone is older than 70, and they are eager to get down and start belting out the hymns. If I was to turn up with a big rock band, cranked it up and started playing Hillsong tunes, it just wouldn't work. People wouldn't be able to sing, the rhythm that I'd be using would put them off, songs wouldn't sound how people are used to hearing them... it would be a disaster. The purpose of playing music is to encourage people to w...

German Toehider review translation

We have some nice reviews of the bands CD's in German over at Here's the english translation:

Bird's Robe Records: Toehider are the greatest rock band ever known!

With this self-confident statement and a big wink, bandleader, singer and guitarist Mike Mills describes his progressive-rock-band from Melbourne / Australia (Australia again?).

One probably has to imagine Mills as creative-insane. Who else would have the idea to record and release a full EP every month, in one year? These 12 EPs have in the meantime been distributed to the people on 2 CDs, but Mills wants more. With their debut-album, To Hide Her, (attention word-joke), Toehider publish their idea of timely progressive rock music. How it sounds? Eclectic, multi-layered, compact, different and very very happy. The boys are completely nuts, but are apparently in charge of - and furiously engaged with their instruments.

Style-limits are foreign to them, the majority of the songs are distributed - to simplify it - on furious hard-rock tracks with a Umphrey's McGee style magic, and more quiet, partly acoustic titles.

Apart from the instrumental cabinet-pieces, Mike Mills voice excites... ok, its high, but strong, secure and variable he sings his parts. The partly detailed vocal-arrangements (The Most Popular Girl In School - do I hear some Qu...

Cam Blokland covers Surfing and Passion and Warfare!

Adelaide guitarist extraordinare Cam Blokland is the man! In In 2010 he did a gig where he played the ENTIRETY of Surfing With the Alien... check out the highlights here:

Pretty awesome huh?

So guess what he's going to be doing this year??

Covering the ENTIRE ALBUM of Passion and Warfare!!!

If there's one guy who will pull it off it's Cam... so stay tuned!

BTW I've also added a page about instrumental rock and metal theater.

New Toehider song!

New song! I did everything from 1:35 -> 2:20 !

Lyrics and listening right here:

Here's Mike recording the vocs (starts 1 min in):

And me recording my part (about 5 mins in):

Joe Satriani was my favourite guitarist for about 10 years. Obviously.

Extremely difficult but fantastic guitar solo...

The song "Crushing Day" from Satriani's "Surfing with the album" has one of his most difficult solos. So difficult in fact that he can't really play it live, he now sooks out and has to sit down on a chair to nail it.

Well, my buddy Cam Blokland has recorded a video showing his approach to learning this solo. It's a two parter and has lots of valuable info. And yes, he can play the solo standing up. Live.