· RANDY MCSTINE - Guitarizm (GYR017) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. six string whiplash
02. shredding skin
03. sonic boom
04. blister
05. zarcon
06. mood swings
07. vibrant lights
08. funk yer face
09. the electric shuffle
10. funkalicious
11. wired boots
12. cries of war
13. the loner


FORMAT: Audio CD / Jewel Case
GYR017 - $9.99

"Guitarizm", the phenomenal new studio disc from young, gifted guitar prodigy Randy McStine, features 13 trax (61 minutes) of mega-awesome, unbelievably killer, intense, powerful, mind-blowing instrumental heavy guitar shred that stands up to some of the most outstanding guitar music you've ever heard. "Guitarizm" is an incredible TOTAL GUITAR statement from an incredible guitarist.

Randy McStine (named after Randy Rhoads) has been playing guitar since age five (5) and half of the "Guitarizm" disc was recorded when he was only twelve (12) years old (!!!) including a spellbinding encore version of "The Loner" which is worth the price of admission alone. Randy McStine is without a doubt one of the best young guitar players you have ever heard and his guitar playing & music is right up there with the best of them including the most seasoned accomplished players in the world. Despite his young age, (skeptics take note: it's not a gimmick) Randy McStine's incredible guitar playing includes all of the classic elements (technique with feel + substance = TOTAL GUITAR) that define classic guitarists, complete with an incredible sense of depth, maturity and authority that add up to make him a true legitimate guitar hero of the highest caliber. Not only is his guitar playing phenomenal beyond belief and way beyond his young age, on "Guitarizm" he has written & recorded powerful, stand-out, material that far surpasses and goes way beyond the norm of most instrumental guitar discs. "Guitarizm" is an incredible instrumental guitar "shred" disc that actually features strong memorable songs to back up his incredible, talented powerful guitar playing. "Guitarizm" is all about substance and style and not about shred for the sake of shred, although there is more than enough insane over the top shred factor displayed on "Guitarizm" to satisfy even the most hard-core heavy guitar shred freaks out there in guitarland! Randy McStine is definitely the REAL deal when it comes down to REAL guitar music.

"Guitarizm" is an awesome mind-blowing instrumental heavy guitar disc that is HIGHLY recommended to fans of awesome players like JOE SATRIANI, GARY MOORE, JEFF BECK, ERIC JOHNSON, STEVE MORSE, PAT TRAVERS, RONNIE MONTROSE, BLUES SARACENO, PAUL GILBERT, STEVE LUKATHER, MICHAEL LANDAU, STEVE VAI, VINNIE MOORE, DOUG ALDRICH, ANDY TIMMONS, JEFF KOLLMAN, JOE BONAMASSA, CHRIS POLAND & GREG KOCH to name a few.

"Guitarizm" is exclusively released on GROOVEYARD RECORDS, a new label dedicated to outstanding TOTAL GUITAR music from around the world. The Grooveyard's definition of "Guitarizm" is "a guitar state of mind" or being @ "one with the guitar". Randy McStine has achieved true guitar greatness on "Guitarizm" and his guitar playing/music is inspirational on many levels to players of all ages. If you love outstanding TOTAL GUITAR music as much as we do @ the grooveyard and you haven't heard of Randy McStine, do yourself a BIG favor and tune into "Guitarizm" for a mind-blowing heavy guitar experience that you won’t soon forget.

(((GUITARIZM - A GUITAR STATE OF MIND)))


MP3 Sample Clips

01. six string whiplash
02. shredding skin
03. sonic boom
04. blister
05. zarcon
06. mood swings
07. vibrant lights
08. funk yer face
09. the electric shuffle
10. funkalicious
11. wired boots
12. cries of war
13. the loner

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· reviews ·

This kid has more chops than years. But the lack of years doesn't hurt him; he plays like a seasoned guitar hero. His style is melodic and thoughtful. Move over old fogies -- here comes the real deal!

Steven Rosen, author and publisher (3.04)


Of all the great instrumental guitar releases over the last few decades or so, "Guitarizm" by one Randy McStine must be put in a class all by itself. Why? Sure, it's got all the requisite hyperdrive pyrotechnics, smokin' tones, killer grooves, catchy melodies and pristine production values that you'd expect from a virtuosic player of his caliber. So...what's the difference? Well...it's because he's only 16 years old! Fuckin' A! Displaying an incredibly mature harmonic intuitiveness far beyond his years - and far beyond most of his "elder statesman" contemporaries, for that matter - he segues effortlessly between soulful bluesy vamps to hard-rocking roller coaster rides to Beck-ish fusion workouts that leave your head reeling. You'll ask yourself: can he really be that young? YES, HE CAN. Is this some type of musical sleight of hand? NO WAY, MAN. It's as real as a heart attack, Jack. Randy digs deep and hits the "triple threat" guitar motherlode: (1) a blistering, "chops deluxe" high-octane delivery, (2) a sophisticated melodic sensibility and (3) memorable arrangements that are destined to become his trademark. He hits on all cylinders. The irony is that the best is yet to come from the gifted Mr. McStine - make no mistake about it, he IS destined for greatness - and now you'll be able to say "you knew him when." So get in on the ground floor - amaze your fellow fretheads and blow minds with "Guitarizm." You're in for one hell of a wild ride. Listen and you'll know the truth - there's a new kid in town...and he's comin' to getcha.

Jimmy Ryan (TRUTH SQUAD) (2.05)


I am addicted to the internet as it is a wonderful way for me to seek out new artists for my music listening addiction. It is just amazing how much guitar-oriented rock music is out there these days. Often, my net searches are futile, leading me to either crappy music or playing.. you know the stuff that actually makes you excited to recycle used plastic!

Recently, I was lucky enough to come across the phenomenal Randy McStine in one of these searches and my ears will never be the same. Rest assured folks, despite his young age, Randy's playing will make you rethink your definition of the word "precocious"! The proof is in the listening with Randy's latest all-instrumental effort, Guitarizm, released by the label Grooveyard Records.

The majority of the 13-track Guitarizm offering was recorded by Randy at the tender ages of 12-14, but if I didn't tell you that you would never know based on a listen. Guitarizm also features 3 newly recorded tracks by Randy, who recently turned 16. Ok, now that that is out of the way, let focus on the music, which is what matters most.

What you can say about this record (that is after you get your jaw off the ground) is that it is one rooted in the heavy hard rockin' guitar style of greats such as Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani. Furthermore, Guitarizm is extremely well-crafted, melodic, and just plain good to the earhole guitar riffage. Older tracks such as "Sonic Boom" have an irresistible melodic groove with an edgy guitar bite, while more recently recorded tracks, such as "Blister" focus on a heavier direction and advancement in Randy's playing style, while keeping true to the strong songwriting that is found on the earlier material. Oh, yeah, did I forget to mention that Randy writes or co-writes all of his material!

Overall, I can honestly say that Guitarizm is one of the strongest instrumental guitar records to come out this year by anyone (of any age –ha!). Tracks like the aggressive jam, "Shredding Skin," the vibrantly melodic, "Cries Of War," the rip-roarin' Beck-tribute, "Wired Boots," and the earpleasing-bombacity of "Moodswings" are only a few of the gems on here. It is amazing that Randy can play like he does at such a young age, but again what is even more important is that he is putting out quality material full of feeling and appeal, regardless of his age. The music is what matters the most and when it comes down to it, Guitarizm delivers the strong, hook-laden riffs, the wicked face-melting fretwork and stellar production. That is the reason to pick this one up, nothing more and nothing less. Finally, I think props also need to be given to the rhythm section of Randy's trio, bassist Mike Cook and drummer Nate Horton, who lay down a rock solid groove for Randy to dig his precocious chops into. They do a stellar job of holding it all together with the tightness a power trio should have.

I recently had the opportunity to witness most of the Guitarizm songs performed live by now 16 year old Randy and I must say it was one of the cleanest and mesmerizing performances I have ever seen. The future of guitar is in good hands with Randy McStine and I look forward to the next platter of "guitarizms" he releases. I am very confident it won't make me have the urge to recycle any plastic!

Steve Bauer @ The Academy Of Shred (2.05)


McStine, named after Randy Rhoads, adds a whole new meaning to child prodigy. At 5 years old, this kid was ripping off Hendrix leads and playing along with Jeff Beck's Blow by Blow. It's not that he can shred better than guys three times his age, it that he gets texture, fills and essential color pallet playing. At twelve he is slicing a hole in the sky with tracks as complex as "Six String Whiplash," the fire-breathing "Shredding Skin" and the bouncy "Funkalicious." If you think your ears are deceiving you check out McStine's MySpace and watch him amaze you. McStine claims everything was record guitar to amp with little to no effects. From the rhythm tracks he added a few over dubbed, acoustic for color and additional leads for polish. A self proclaimed Kings X fan he opts for sonic chemistry within his songs that punctuate his love of arranging as much as playing. A perfect example is his technical and emotions mastery of Gary Moore's "The Loner."

Listening to the more melodically interesting compositions like the metallic "Mood Swings," the jamming "Funk Yer Face" and 70s Beck-tribute "Wired Boots" proves the guitar child is listening to a wide range of influences that not only inspire but instruct on texture and melody. "Cries of War" is an exceptionally well-written piece merging elements of neo-classical, middle eastern and hard rock in to on masterfully crafted opus. McStine continues to showcase his depth, maturity and confidence on the slower number "Vibrant Lights" were jazz trademarks illuminate his playing with subtle crossfires reminiscent of Ronnie Montrose. The organ is a nice added touch to his power trio of bassist Mike Cook and drummer Nate Horton. However, his gleeful attack on speed and power keep the repeat button on firmly on "Blister" and "Zarcon" where we can easily see the guitarist in line with Vinnie Moore and Marty Friedman.

Todd K. Smith (The Cutting Edge)


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