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I've been a musician and author for nearly thirty years, with music often taking precedence until 2013. My novels are usually literary
fantasy and the music is either instrumental rock or acoustic guitar,
though I now also have a metal band called Z-Order. Read more in my personal bio,
musician bio, or author bio.
I have eight metal plates in my head, build my own guitars, suffered a crippling case of tendonitis,
play multiple instruments, and work as a software developer, though my degree is in classical guitar.
Instrumental guitar favorably compared to big names, and acoustic guitar instrumentals. As of 2012, I perform all guitars, bass, drums,
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Serenade of Strings (2010)
The Lost Art(2010)
Some Things Are... (2007)
A melodic metal band with vocals, in the vein of Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest, Z-Order will release
its debut album in 2013. Featuring Randy Ellefson on guitars, Chase Breedlove on vocals, Dave DeMarco on bass, and
James Goetz on drums. Read more...
The debut is a concept album dealing with isolation, communication, social medie, cyber bullying, child molestation,
drug addiction, suicide, and rebirth.
I write fantasy (literary and adventure yarns) and will publish in 2014-5, so please check back.
Blurbs, excerpts, and my author bio are online.
The Tales - a caravan of people tell stories on their way to see a famous sword.
The Champions Series: The Dragon Gate - four Earth friends summoned to another world
are mistaken for missing champions and must find their way home. The prologue is online.
Evermore - A hunter tries to rescue a friend from a city increasingy terrified that undead
from his forest will overrun it.
Four excerpts online!
I've spent 25+ years world building a setting where most noves take place. It features seven original species instead of
elves, dwarves, dragons, and other usual suspects.
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Better Things To Do
Adrian Smith Solos 1
Adrian Smith Solos 2
I'm excited to say the new website has been launched, as you can tell if you've been here before. A quick list of changes include:
The prologue from The Champions Series: The Dragon Gate is now online and offers a peek into the fantasy novel's premise. A blurb is also available. Th book is complete and should be one of the first novels published.
Two Randy Ellefson instrumental albums have been scheduled for mixing to begin the third week of June 2013. The Firebard re-release and the new, 5th album will both be re-amped at the same time. Following this will be mixing for the latter, which is due for release later this year, probably in the fall. The Firebard release will be on the 10-year anniversary next summer, so mix...
This year will see major progress on several books as I begin preparing for publication of my fantasy novels. One is virtually ready to go now but it takes preparation to properly publish something. This includes finding beta readers for feedback (if interested, email me), professional editing, getting a cover designed, and most importantly, learning how to properly and effectively do marketing ...
I’m an instrumental guitarist. I admit it.
Is it embarrassing? I wouldn’t quite put it that way, but the fact remains that the field of instrumental guitar music isn’t given much esteem. There are really only two kinds of us that anyone talks about:
What’s the difference between “race” and “species” and when should you use what in your fantasy settings? I’ve taken a look into this myself and made the right choice for me. Read on for ideas on making the right choice for you.
What’s a race? The answer can be complicated (but interesting rea...
Over Megadeth’s career, they’ve had a handful of lead guitarists who’ve received varying degrees of praise, but I’ve always felt, and still do, that Dave Mustaine is the best of them. As the band leader, spokesman, main songwriter, lyricist, singer, guitarist, and troublemaker, his lead guitar playing is often overlooked in favor of the second guy, with whom he splits shr...
Last year I watched an episode of That Metal Show, where they do this “throw down” thing of comparing two bands, people, or whatever. That night, they asked who was the best Scorpions guitarist. The choices were Michael Schenker or Uli Roth. And I thought in surprise, “What? How about Matthias Jabs?”
Who is Matthias? He’s the only lead guitarist that most ...