· JIMMY RYAN - 21ST CENTURY RIFFOLOGY (GYR165) ·


::T R A C K S::

01. EVENT HORIZON
02. SPEEDLOADER
03. THOR'S HAMMER
04. STOMPBOX
05. MAZERUNNER
06. HAMMERHEAD
07. UNTAMED
08. SUPERCHUNK
09. PILEDRIVER
10. X FACTOR
11. AD ASTRA
12. STARDUST
13. SLIPSTREAM
14. NAILGUN
15. ROCKCUTTER
16. SKULLDUGGERY
17. RED CLOUD
18. INJECTOR
19. FUNKALICIOUS
20. INSIDE AMERICA
21. ZENOLOGY


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR165 - $12.99

Awesome instrumental guitar disc by this outstanding axemaster from Illinois featuring 21 tracks of excellent, powerful, dynamic, blues-based, heavy guitar rock riffage that stands tall and defines serious, world-class, six string artistry. With the hefty 21 track musical display, the listener gets treated to a colossal array of high-octane, intelligent, killer riffage that lands cerebral = (Riffology).

Celebrating his lifetime as a guitarist, Jimmy Ryan has honed all his musical skills for many years in The Flyin' Ryan Brothers, Truth Squad along with a multitude of other bands & recording projects. On his latest way-kool Grooveyard Records disc: "21st Century Riffology", Mr. Ryan has landed masterful as an experienced guitar rock veteran displaying a myriad of superb, accomplished fretboard skills. Our good musical brother Jimmy Ryan delivers a mega-kick-ass performance with his super-sonic axework featuring "tightly focused, fully realized bursts of liberated guitar madness".

Jimmy Ryan is a true, legit, old-school, total guitar rocker who speaks volumes on the instrument complete with vast amounts of style & class, a modern day guitar slingin' riffmaster supreme who definitely Keeps the Rock alive on the impressive "21st Century Riffology" disc. An essential instrumental guitar rock musical document; a soundtrack of life that shines brightly and is all about the riffage that matters. Highly recommended to world-wide fans and lovers of top-shelf, classic, authentic, heavy guitar rock music.


21st CENTURY RIFFOLOGY

Technology has completely changed the way we consume media, especially our music; we now have personal playlists of tens of thousands of songs from thousands of artists delivered through tiny earbuds as an incidental aural backdrop to the hyper-accelerated, digitally saturated reality in which we exist. Mindful immersion into a full-length album with headphones in complete isolation is a quaint throwback to a different age where we actually had time to engage in such activities.

It should come as no surprise that most of our sensory input does not come from the physical reality that surrounds us, but from the media environment that saturates it. As the Information Age rages forward, we’ve gotten used to everything being delivered to us via digitally-encoded, selectively edited packets of information for our endless consumption. This is “The New Normal” and it’s redefining the way we do…and think about…everything.

The music industry has been slow to embrace this new paradigm, where outmoded operational methods are still entrenched, the quest for the hit still dominates, and underlying song architecture is still exactly the same as it’s always been. With tanking sales across all genres, it’s shocking that the industry continues to base its business model on the definition of insanity (doing the same things they’ve always done in the same way they’ve always done them and expecting different results).

This release is an attempt within the genre of instrumental guitar music to consciously shift that outmoded paradigm to one that better reflects what the consumption of music means in the Anthropocene: short, tightly focused, fully realized and highly controlled bursts of guitar madness liberated from the structural constraints of the past. 21 songs in about 50 minutes.

Welcome to 21st Century Riffology, an instrumental guitar rock soundscape that provides a new musical blueprint for a future that desperately needs one.

Jimmy Ryan (October 2017)


MP3 Sample Clips

01. EVENT HORIZON
02. SPEEDLOADER
03. THOR'S HAMMER
04. STOMPBOX
05. MAZERUNNER
06. HAMMERHEAD
07. UNTAMED
08. SUPERCHUNK
09. PILEDRIVER
10. X FACTOR
11. AD ASTRA
12. STARDUST
13. SLIPSTREAM
14. NAILGUN
15. ROCKCUTTER
16. SKULLDUGGERY
17. RED CLOUD
18. INJECTOR
19. FUNKALICIOUS
20. INSIDE AMERICA
21. ZENOLOGY

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· reviews ·

The real joy of Jimmy Ryan's latest release, '21st Century Riffology' is the fantastic music this amazing guitarist paints. Wonderfully varied landscapes on this tour de force of amazing guitar playing and soaring music. Every track offers something different. The guitar playing and tone are astonishing, the sound quality is great. From the hard-rocking tracks like, "Speedloader", "Thor's Hammer", "Stompbox" to the mid tempo burners like, "Untamed" and "Ad Astra" to the slow burning bluesy sway of, "Stardust". Jimmy Ryan's mind blowingly virtuosic music is spellbinding.. His playing is brilliant and stays away from cliche's. That often means eccentric and hard to listen too tones and stylings. Not on this, it is different but a joy to listen too. Inspirational if you play the guitar yourself. Besides your jaw hitting your chest any number of times, this is very accessible guitar virtuosity. Jimmy Ryan is one of the best guitar players I have heard in a long time. He is out of this world talented and knows how to make his guitar sing. Overall, I think this recording displays a well assortment of different musical styles and gives us a taste of the genius that is Jimmy Ryan. '21st Century Riffology' is free of ego boosting trickery and concentrates on composition and content. This album is, simply put, awesome, and is a must for all rock music fans and especially those who are into guitar music. This is the album to have!

Tony Sison / The Dedicated Rocker Society (January 2018)
 


Remember the days of shredders and instrumental guitar albums? Shrapnel Records? Back when Yngwie Malmsteen still could record an album that actually sounded good (and long before he thought he could sing). I was a huge fan of that genre and I had them all. Well, as time went by, I kinda lost interest as a lot of the albums were more about the actually shredding ability (aka guitar wanking) that about the song. Then came the drum machine/programmed drums and any natural feel in the song was just lost. Well, in later years there has popped up an instrumental album or two, that has caught my attention. Grooveyard Records and Shredguy Records are two labels that have released some really interesting stuff in that category. In my hand I have the solo release by Jimmy Ryan of The Flying Ryan Brothers, who have put out some great instrumental stuff. After a first listen, I do have to admit that Jimmy’s solo album is even more up my alley. 21 songs in 50 minutes may sound like a classic hardcore or punk album, but of course it’s not. What is good about it is that there are no songs where there are dragged out solo sections that go on forever without leading anywhere. These are actual songs, with melodies and structures. Short melodic movies. Even though the riff is in center throughout the album, the style ranges from softer, melodic songs, such as “Ad Astra”, “Stardust” and finisher “Zenology”, through straight ahead rock ‘n blues such as “Slipstream” to drop-D riff rockers that really groove. The eight heavy hitters in a row: “Thor’s Hammer”, “Stompbox”, “Mazerunner”, “Hammerhead”, “Untamed”, “Superchunk”, “Piledriver” and “X Factor” are prime examples of songs that are in a similar vein, yet quite different. I really love Jimmy’s melodic feel, the bluesy touch and his strong, determined tone. He really plays it like he means it. An excellent album, indeed!

Janne Stark / Stark Music Reviews (July 2018)
 


For those who get caught up watching YouTube guitarists that can play 10 classic riffs in a minute – this one’s for you. 21st Century Riffology is a 50-minute set with 21 instrumental tracks of monster riffs played by Illinois-native Jimmy Ryan with Dan Van Schindel on drums and percussion. Ryan, who’s success with his brother Johnny in The Flyin’ Ryan Brothers (and later Truth Squad), put him on the world map. Heavily influenced by the twin-guitar attack of Wishbone Ash inspired Ryan’s own playing which can be heard in “Speedloader’, the densely layered ‘Piledriver” and the dynamic ‘Slipstream’. Most of the songs hover around the 2-minute mark with the exception of ‘Ad Astra’ a cosmic masterpiece and its sister track ‘Stardust’. The two combine into a fusion of jazzy rock where the musical journey is melodically interoperated for the celestially minded.

Comments Ryan in the liner notes, “This release is an attempt to better reflect what the consumption of music means in the Anthropocene: short, tightly focused, fully realized and highly controlled bursts of guitar madness liberated from the structural constraints of the past.” With that he throws a volley of unorthodox guitar pieces against each other in a dizzying array of twists and turns. The Schenker-like construction of ‘Event Horizon’ is pitched against the metallic ‘Thor’s Hammer’ and beefy ‘Superchunk’. Thundering ‘Rockcutter’, the Thin Lizzy-esque ‘Skullduggery’ are juxtaposed to the groovy ‘Funkalicious’ while the slow-paced and emotional ‘Inside America’ breathes a certain cosmopolitan unity to it all. ‘Zenology’ maybe be the perfect summation with its passion and feeling laid open, and where color and texture meet.

Todd K. Smith / The Electric Beard (February 2018)
 


Master riffologist and all around American guitar hero Jimmy Ryan was the guiding light behind the underrated and overlooked American instrumental progressive / hard rock band The Flyin’ Ryan Brothers. Sadly the band has been dormant, yet six years later, Jimmy has returned in late 2017 with his latest solo album called 21st Century Riffology. With 21 tracks clocking in around 50 minutes, the sonic bursts of electric guitar are short but sweet and totally hot. Jimmy could always be counted on for a solid riff and a melody to take it skywards in the Flyin' Ryan Brothers band and 21st Century Riffology, is a stellar showcase for Jimmy Ryan’s patented electric guitar prowess accentuating the FRB’s patented instrumental hard rock and heavy metal guitar sound. 21st Century Riffology is more on fire than even the 2011 Flyin’ Ryan CD, Under The Influence, which is hard rock heavy metal but with a kind of implied prog-metal rock style influence. As FRB fans will note, the sheer amount of styles and riffs on 21st Century Riffology is stunningly mind blowing. What’s even more incredible is that Jimmy has done the whole album on his own, with the drums handled by Dan Van Schindel. A fan may miss the band style and grandeur of Under The Influence, yet it’s great to have Jimmy back on the recording scene again, especially with a new sizzling sounding self-produced solo album. The Hendrix influenced track “Stardust” is essential guitar 101. With 21 tracks with Ryan-esque track titles like “Speedloader”, “Nailgun”, “Funkalicious” and “Zenology”, 21st Century Riffology will clear your cobwebs and clean your clocks. Play loud for maximum impact.

Robert Silverstein / Music Web Express 3000 (December 2017)
 


 

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Jimmy Ryan’s ‘21st Century Riffology’ is an instrumental guitar disc from a 21st century master. In the Joe Satriani mode, Ryan drives through numerous original melodies here, all with pastiches of hard-rock elegance mixed with the rough edges of metal and the undercurrent of funk. The net result is heavy guitar music that saturates the ears and moves the heart. With an ability that defies description, Ryan obviously knows the fretboard better than many of his colleagues, i.e., other guitar geniuses, and manages to convey this with a sense of class and taste. Crucial to his enterprise is variety and dynamics. This can be seen in the diversity of his original tunes that make up this CD. From ‘Ad Astra’ to ‘Nailgun’ to my personal favorite, ‘Funkalicious,’ Ryan succeeds in offering us a guitar-focused disc that is both original and familiar, rough and sweet, complex and simple. In short, he offers us everything and more that a guitar music enthusiast could want. This is the must-have guitar rock CD of the year. Get it.

Steven J. Rosen / Author + Journalist (December 2017)
 


A driving force of the fabulous Flying Ryan Brothers, uber-guitarist Jimmy Ryan returns with a new take on the old, a step into the new age. Styles come at you thick and fast: blues here, hard rock there. A dash of funk, a near metal assault. Instrumental guitar trickery a la Satriani featuring of the finest guitar playing you could hope to find. "Zenology" is a study in beauty and poise, "Speedloader" is a brutish shout of crafted and honed rock guitars with a howling blues heart. "X Factor" dials up the grooving goodness through the biggest riff on the album and yet the guitar solo sings and soars, while "Slipstream" feels like it just fell out of the classic Joe Perry songbook – yes it's that good! And so it goes on, "Nailgun" almost NWOBHM in its riff at all costs attack, but the solo is so sumptuous, it's as though Satch joined Saxon for a day back in 1978! "Funkalicious" is… well… funkalicious, whereas "Inside America" evokes Jeff Healey at his best with heavy rockin' blues dripping virtuosic guitar playing.

Steven Reid / Sea Of Tranquility (February 2018)
 


Jimmy Ryan is from Illinois and has been a rock guitarist all his life. He has played in several bands (including The Flyin 'Ryan Brothers & Truth Squad) and has collaborated on various studio projects. Do not swap this Jimmy Ryan from Illinois with the other Jimmy Ryan Le Mistral from NY, who is also a musician, but on mandolin and in the country band Morphine plays and / or the singer Jimmy Ryan from Indiana of the metal bands Haste The Day, Trenches and Upheava (who also likes to cycle!) ...

Ryan's latest instrumental Grooveyard Records project is called '21st Century Riffology'. On the album he demonstrates as a music veteran on 21 tracks and for fifty-one minutes of "Excellent, powerful, dynamic, blues-based, heavy guitar rock riffology ...".

'21st Century Riffology' is a collection of short, energetic, intelligent instrumental guitar riffs, which Jimmy Ryan (guitar, bass) recorded together with Dan Van Schindel (drums, percussion) as "new musical plan of the future, that everyone desperately needed has ... "(according to Ryan's explanation on the inside of the CD cover).

The almost shortest number is the opener "Event Horizon" (1:24), the longest "Ad Astra" (5:14) and the shortest time, the closing "Zenology" (1:14). In the long track list, songs like "Speedloader", "Superchunk", "Skullduggery", "Funkalicious" and "Inside America" ​​that stand out (even if the choice of name ...) are more striking.

This is obviously an album for every guitar fan, for every lover of high quality, authentic hard rock music and for those who are looking for the new musical blueprint of the future ....

Eric Schuurmans / Rootstime (Belgium) (December 2017)
 



 


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