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Ben Higgins
post Apr 6 2014, 10:48 AM
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Hey all, just wanted to say that I've finally gotten around to putting together my first solo album. You'll recognise some of the tracks which have been blessed with new drum tracks from my new Italian partner in crime, Andre De Carolis, as well as being remixed, mastered etc.



It was real fun to put together. Rather than being just a vehicle for guitar solos, I like to write stuff that is strong in structure and riff heavy too. So it's almost like an instrumental Megadeth album with hints of Opeth, Satriani, Becker, Friedman etc.. thought I'd put it up here in case anyone's interested smile.gif


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post Apr 6 2014, 11:13 AM
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this will be most awesome biggrin.gif nice one duder.
I shall defo have me a copy cool.gif


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post Apr 6 2014, 11:53 AM
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Best of luck with the solo album Ben. look forward to hearing it smile.gif.


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post Apr 6 2014, 11:56 AM
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What was your technique used for making up the song titles?


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post Apr 6 2014, 12:14 PM
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I know what I'll be listening to in a few days:>


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post Apr 6 2014, 12:36 PM
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Thanks for the support guys !!

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What was your technique used for making up the song titles?


With most of them, I had an idea of a subject matter that I was influenced by whilst I was writing them. Usually I think of a concept and write around that. Even a word can be enough to set me off !


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post Apr 6 2014, 12:46 PM
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QUOTE (Marek Rojewski @ Apr 6 2014, 11:14 AM) *
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+1 smile.gif


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post Apr 6 2014, 01:10 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Apr 6 2014, 11:48 AM) *
Hey all, just wanted to say that I've finally gotten around to putting together my first solo album. You'll recognise some of the tracks which have been blessed with new drum tracks from my new Italian partner in......So it's almost like an instrumental Megadeth album with hints of Opeth, Satriani, Becker, Friedman etc.. thought I'd put it up here in case anyone's interested smile.gif


I want a copy when it's finished!!


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post Apr 6 2014, 01:22 PM
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QUOTE (Jeroen @ Apr 6 2014, 12:10 PM) *
I want a copy when it's finished!!


Thanks man.... only 6 more days to go ! smile.gif


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post Apr 6 2014, 01:31 PM
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CAN'T WAIT!!!


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post Apr 6 2014, 04:06 PM
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Yeah looking forward to it Ben.I love your guitar work smile.gif
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post Apr 6 2014, 04:08 PM
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QUOTE (huargo @ Apr 6 2014, 12:31 PM) *
CAN'T WAIT!!!


HELL YEAH !

QUOTE (liveOASISforever @ Apr 6 2014, 03:06 PM) *
Yeah looking forward to it Ben.I love your guitar work smile.gif


Thanks man !!


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post Apr 6 2014, 07:13 PM
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Looking forward to it smile.gif Ola Englund is doing something similar in that he's going to brand a release with his name instead of a band name. Reckoning was similar to feared in that it was pretty much you doing the writing/playing and everything yes?



QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Apr 6 2014, 05:48 AM) *
Hey all, just wanted to say that I've finally gotten around to putting together my first solo album. You'll recognise some of the tracks which have been blessed with new drum tracks from my new Italian partner in crime, Andre De Carolis, as well as being remixed, mastered etc.



It was real fun to put together. Rather than being just a vehicle for guitar solos, I like to write stuff that is strong in structure and riff heavy too. So it's almost like an instrumental Megadeth album with hints of Opeth, Satriani, Becker, Friedman etc.. thought I'd put it up here in case anyone's interested smile.gif


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post Apr 6 2014, 08:17 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Apr 6 2014, 06:13 PM) *
Looking forward to it smile.gif Ola Englund is doing something similar in that he's going to brand a release with his name instead of a band name. Reckoning was similar to feared in that it was pretty much you doing the writing/playing and everything yes?


Yeah I don't blame him.. if you're the main creative force behind something then it makes sense to either make it obvious that it's your project or just go solo.

Yeah, I wanted The Reckoning to be a band of like minded comrades but it's incredibly difficult to do as finding the right chemistry with people who have the same goals is ridiculously rare. So I evolved into a D.I.Y. approach because I could do what I wanted and had only to please myself smile.gif


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post Apr 6 2014, 08:26 PM
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Wou!! Those audio samples are amazing mate! Let me say that the phrase "Instrumental Megadeth album" really attracted me! I'm in a very Megadeth period, listening to a lot of their older stuff but also Cryptic Writings era.

Congrats on your new album mate. You are doing very good musician moves for your career lately. Keep on the great job!


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post Apr 7 2014, 07:39 AM
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Congrats Ben and I hardly wait to hear it!!! All demos sounds very cool but I have already 3 favorites: Hektor, Tamer of Horses; Mr. Badass and Brittania smile.gif

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post Apr 7 2014, 08:52 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Apr 6 2014, 07:26 PM) *
Wou!! Those audio samples are amazing mate! Let me say that the phrase "Instrumental Megadeth album" really attracted me! I'm in a very Megadeth period, listening to a lot of their older stuff but also Cryptic Writings era.

Congrats on your new album mate. You are doing very good musician moves for your career lately. Keep on the great job!


Thanks Gab ! Cryptic Writings was the 1st Megadeth album I heard properly and that album got me into the band smile.gif



QUOTE (Monica Gheorghevici @ Apr 7 2014, 06:39 AM) *
Congrats Ben and I hardly wait to hear it!!! All demos sounds very cool but I have already 3 favorites: Hektor, Tamer of Horses; Mr. Badass and Brittania smile.gif


Oh wow, great ! I look forward to putting it out so you can hear the full version of Brittania smile.gif


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post Apr 7 2014, 10:25 AM
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Congrats Ben!!

I have barely started a track which I would love to include on an instrumental EP biggrin.gif But that's a project that has just started smile.gif first of all, I am waiting for a link where I can buy yours and enjoy the works of a talented guy that you are! Godspeed mate!


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post Apr 7 2014, 02:10 PM
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Well done Ben! I started to mess with my original CD too. Finally I have all needed stuff. Now I need to rethink some phrases to make sure they keep the melody flow and some more dynamics + to make it all have sense as a full album...You know the feeling it's all one, common story.

You're album teaser sound ass kicking. It really brings up some good memories - tribute to metal classics. I think many people will like it smile.gif Congrats!


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post Apr 7 2014, 03:32 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Apr 7 2014, 04:52 AM) *
Thanks Gab ! Cryptic Writings was the 1st Megadeth album I heard properly and that album got me into the band smile.gif


It's a perfect album! I love it.


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