· MARTIN J ANDERSEN - VICTORY IN MOTION (GYR191) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. OVERTURE
02. MARCH OF THE MACHINES
03. PARADIGM SHIFT
04. SOUL ANESTHESIA
05. SIGNS AND PORTENTS
06. SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH
07. IN A BLUE FUNK
08. VICTORY IN MOTION
09. WITH HOPE AND PERSEVERANCE
10. ONE LAST REMARK


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
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Awesome second solo studio disc by this outstanding modern day guitar hero from Denmark featuring 10 songs of supreme, impressive, blues-based, heavy lead guitar dominated, bad-ass, six string riffage that lands killer beyond belief. Speaking the musical language of the guitar greats and flying close to the sun, we thought it was high time that Martin J. Andersen land with creative strength & power on his first all instrumental guitar effort entitled "Victory In Motion."

Martin J. Andersen is an impressive, prolific, kick-ass, riff:master, axeripper who is the bright new hope for keeping authentic heavy guitar rock mojo alive in a world gone mad. MJA is best known for his excellent, superb musical talents landing as the guitarist & vocalist + front man of Blindstone, a way-kool, blues-based, heavy guitar rock power trio who have released a total of 9 mega-awesome discs to date. Riff:Master Andersen has also recorded and/or gigged with the likes of Meridian, Mountain Of Power, Blindside Blues Band, Mike Onesko's Guitar Army, David Reece, Kuko de Kobra, Legend (US), George Clinton & P-Funk Allstars & Dwayne Cornelius + DCat & Da Bomb. All part of MJA's expansive "musical journey" that has led to Andersen creating & producing the superb "Victory In Motion" disc, an essential heavy guitar rocker released by Grooveyard Records that is Highly recommended to fans of serious, world-class, blues-based, guitar-fueled rock music inspired by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Marino, Robin Trower, Leslie West, Eric Gales, Lance Lopez, Joe Satriani and to fans of all the many excellent previous discs and musical output by Martin J. Andersen who lands & reigns triumphant with powerful tour de force guitar rock talent on "Victory In Motion."


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01. OVERTURE
02. MARCH OF THE MACHINES
03. PARADIGM SHIFT
04. SOUL ANESTHESIA
05. SIGNS AND PORTENTS
06. SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH
07. IN A BLUE FUNK
08. VICTORY IN MOTION
09. WITH HOPE AND PERSEVERANCE
10. ONE LAST REMARK

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Check out this excellent interview by guitarist Martin J. Andersen that landed at Headbangers Lifestyle with Michel van de Moosdijk!
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MARTIN J. ANDERSEN: "In A Blue Funk" (Promo Video)

 

 

· reviews ·

Martin J. Andersen (Blindstone, Meridian) is a guitarist’s guitarist. There’s no other way to say it: If you play guitar, or if you like heavy blues-rock-- or both -- you can’t do better than this better-than-most guitar slinger. The middle initial 'J' must stand for "juicy," cuz this is as juicy as it gets. His second solo disc, ‘Victory In Motion,’ starts moving as soon as you turn it on, and then it turns YOU on — it drips into your ears and heart like the sweetest nectar of the gods — equally heavy and raunchy, it is counterbalanced by elegant if forceful funk and top-notch riffage, all topped off by virtuosity supreme. The guy is simply one of the best, hands down. This album is completely instrumental, with Andersen handling all Guitars, Bass, and Keyboards, and he is accompanied by the equally capable Klaus Agerbo on Drums. There is a feeling of classical greatness here, like Ritchie Blackmore, but one can’t deny a strong bit of Joe Satriani thrown in for good measure. But in the end this is Martin J. Andersen, pure and simple — a guitar God who has Heavy as his middle name. A must listen.

Steven J. Rosen / Author + Journalist (September 2020)
 


For a while now we have been accompanying the releases of Blindstone, the great blues rock trio around guitarist and singer Martin Jepsen Andersen. In January we gave the Danish power trio our Album of the Month award for their latest album “Deliverance at the Crossroads” . Shortly afterwards, we spoke to Andersen on the sidelines of a brilliant live performance in one of our video interviews .

Although the metalhead is very active at heart with Meridian, Kuko de Kobra and a few other bands, he has now released his second solo album five years after his solo debut "Six String Renegade". “Victory in Motion” (Grooveyard Records) was released on his “house label” Grooveyard Records at the end of July and, unlike its direct predecessor, is a purely instrumental album. The focus is on the strings - and how! In addition to the guitar, Andersen also played the bass himself, the good man only received support for the drums in his brilliant “One Man Show”.

Shaped and inspired by guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Gales, Lance Lopez and Joe Satriani, Andersen explores the entire field of guitar rock with his Russian Kononykheen Breed Twenty Seven with always the right nose. The basis of the genre and the ten songs is clearly the blues, but in some places heavy rock, classic rock and sometimes even metal shimmer through.

In the introductory “Overture” and “March of the Machines” it's crisp Melodic Rock. “Paradigm Shift” inspires with hard riffs at the beginning, with tapping par excellence and a metallic impression. "Signs and Portents" flirts with flamenco guitars and the album offers a lot more in this direction. If an album can't contain enough guitar, riffs, solos and shredders, this is the place for you. He finds an absolute treat!

DanielF / Whiskey Soda - Germany (September 2020)
 


The Danish musician Martin J. Andersen is known as the front man of Blindstone . In 2015 he released his first solo album entitled "Six String Renegade". "Victory In Motion" was recorded in two different studios. The protagonist was in Sonic Madness Unlimited Studio in Koldby, Denmark. Drummer Klaus Agerbo's contributions were recorded in The Mancave drum studio. The cover picture suggests what the listener can expect. The burning guitar and the baring tiger do not promise comfort. The ten instrumental songs have a total playing time of a good thirty-eight minutes. In the information sheet, this record is referred to as "an essential heavy guitar rocker released by Grooveyard Records that is Highly recommended to fans of serious, world-class, blues-based, guitar-fueled rock music" .

Okay, then you should dress warmly for the CD playing time, despite the pleasantly warm outside temperatures. The "Overture" gets the album going relatively smoothly. To come to the point: The blues is just a pretty deep root in almost all songs, which you can only perceive more clearly from time to time. Power surrounds "March Of The Machines". The powerful turn-on is accompanied by quite melodic guitar phases and even in this number Martin J. Andersen insists on chatting from his personal, virtuoso Frickel sewing box. This piece is something for the fans of the heavy guitar group.

"Paradigm Shift" and "Soul Anesthesia" are all about wah wah pedal action. Keyboard sounds give the track additional fullness and here the blues, of course in its violently rocking form, can throw two cents into the musical ring. Frickelei over the Zwölftaker. The "Soul Anesthesia" is more of a funk anesthetic, which from my point of view becomes deafening if you turn the volume up too far.

You can finally take a deep breath. Martin J. Andersen devotes himself to quieter moments. An acoustic guitar played in Iberian flair delights the listener. Then the electric guitar joins it - again with the support of the wah wah pedal. The protagonist lets mercy and only pulls off the leather with the handbrake on. The keyboards inserted in the meantime bring air. Listeners! Very nice! "In A Blue Funk" brings out the blues rock genre most clearly. Here Martin J. Andersen even plucks a bass-flashlight solo before diving into an extroverted solo effort again. Still, this number is good.

The ballad was beautiful. Looking for more moments like this one gets along with "With Hope And Perseverance". Melody is the trump card. Nice thing! The CD circle closes with "One Last Remark", a song that also draws its strength from the fluctuating dynamics.

Martin J. Andersen's "Victory In Motion" is something for those heavy rock fans who want to hear high quality food apart from the usual suspects in this department. Well get it! Stay healthy and make time to enjoy good music as a distraction.

Joachim 'Joe' Brookes / Rock Times - Germany (September 2020)
 


Not so long ago I reviewed ‘Deliverance At The Crossroads’, the eight album by the Danish trio Blindstone led by guitarist/singer Martin J. Andersen. A very cool and impressive heavy rock and bluesy album with tonnes of brilliant guitar work. Andersen now comes up trumps with a new album, his second solo-album after his 2015 release ‘Six String Renegade’ with the main difference that ‘Victory In Motion’ is a pure instrumental album (the other album had several songs with vocals). Martin J. Andersen only used drummer Klaus Augerbo as a back-up artist, the rest of the instruments, the production, mixing and mastering and the song writing has all been a piece of ingenious homework by Andersen, who also added some keyboards for good measure and sound colouring on top of all that. With an instrumental album I often find that after a while the whole affair starts to sound the same. Joe Satriani and Tony MacAlpine are musicians that in the past and present have managed to deliver instrumental albums that kept your attention and interest. Martin J. Andersen can be put on that list as well. By keeping the sound varied, by shifting gear regularly and especially basing his guitar melodies on a beautiful theme he has managed to compose ten songs that will keep your attention whether they rock out heavy or they have a more melancholic and haunting feel like the song ,,With Hope And Perseverance’’ that is just out of this world and for me the best of all. The way the songs have been put in sequence is also a very important point as now the variation is fully guaranteed. The playing is a bit old school yet with a nice flow. Andersen likes his classic approach. He can shred, he can play with force, he can play with feel but it is always based on a theme and melody. People that like their old school guitar slingers will find lots of material of their gathering on this album but it is not that Andersen is a copycat or just dwelling in the past. He does add his own touch to the proceedings and that leads to an in more ways than one impressive, entertaining, explosive (at times) and haunting album that will capture and impress you. I have already mentioned my favourite track on the album but I urge you if you are a true guitar lover to check this one out and discover for yourself what Martin J. Andersen with the help of a very functional drummer names Klaus Augerbo has in store for you. Not one song that can be called a filler is featured here, they are all standing firmly on their own feet and are as strong as each other. I might be a bit bold here but why the hell not? This CD beats Joe Satriani’s ‘Shapeshifting’ release on points! Definitely a highlight in its genre this year.

Michel van de Moosdijk / Headbangers Lifestyle (August 2020)
 


Second solo album by this excellent Danish guitarist, who in turn is a guitarist for several bands. This instrumental album contains ten songs and the line-up is as follows, Martín (Guitar, Bass and Keyboards) and Klaus Agerbo: (Drums). "Overture" with an excellent sound, the guitar gives us a lot of melody and good taste with a very present drums. A brief and forceful start. “March Of The Machines” with a heavy, forceful base, the guitar displays a lot of feeling, it is as if it were singing, one more extension of its body. If there is something that I respect a lot about guitarists and more than respect, it is to appreciate, when he only comes out of his interior and transmits that feeling of joy in his sound and work, to this we must add various effects and a lot of passion. "Paradigm Shift" bases at half gear, continuing with beautiful melodies that are very deep, at times there are some changes that lead to the progressive, with the drum setback plus the resources of the guitar. A lot of technique, feeling and good taste. "Soul Anesthesia" with a rocker base, but heavy, delights us with its delicate and personalized sound, teaching what good taste is when it comes to guitar solos, giving us some speed, and demonstrating that you can play anything. “Signs And Portents” in the background, excellent acoustic guitars and solos with that guitar that fill your soul. Between the calm of the song, the distorted guitar appears, executing beautiful arrangements and solos, which merge perfectly with the acoustic guitar. At the end, the battery appears, which provides a little more power and makes the electric guitar shine even more, I fell in love with this song. "Searching For The Truth" in mid-gear delivers a dose of sentiment expressed through his fingers. It is a fact that the entire album contains a lot of good taste and feeling when it comes to composing each song, giving each of them their whole being, and if there is something I enjoy on an instrumental album, more than speed, it is good taste . “In A Blue Funk” with the bass well present, in mid-gear and rocker, returns to deliver good taste in the solos, and some bass arrangements also performed by him. Always maintaining a good melody structure and various effects. "Victory In Motion" song that gives it its name to the album, locked, with a great drum work, the guitars full of melody with very calm moments and with successful arrangements. There is no doubt that he is very devoted to what he does. "With Hope And Perseverance" with a very calm beginning, arpeggiated, with a very deep solo, they say that music is the reflection of the soul or the mirror of the soul, in this song it is a pure soul and full of light, and that is perceived in this beautiful song, which also has acoustic guitars in the background. “One Last Remark” we closed the album with this heavy base song, with a good contribution from the drums. We continue to enjoy pleasant melodies, with the same unique feeling that comes from deep within him when it comes to solos. An album that cannot be blamed for anything, if you like violent men with good taste, listen to this guitarist from Denmark.

Alejandro Allo / Novedades Metal (July 2020)
 




 


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