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THEODORE ZIRAS was born in Poros, Greece. He started taking music theory, piano and guitar lessons at age 15, when he become fascinated with musicians of high virtuosity and technique. When he reached 18 years of age, he moved Athens to further continue his training and studies in guitar, as well as in music theory, jazz harmony, rhythm & counterpoint.

Between 1994 and 1998 he played in his first serious band, the power metal Greek outfit ICE DIVINE. Also, he was lead guitar in legendary progsters GUARDIAN ANGEL from 1997 till1998. In that time he had the oportunity to perform along metal mosnters like ICED EARTH.

Near the end of 1998 ZIRAS left Greece, in order to continue his music studies at the prestigious Guitar Institute of London. 2001 saw him graduating with Honors with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance & Composition.

After his British experience, the axe-master returned to his mother land where he he signed his first solo record deal. He released his first solo instrumental full-length, "Trained To Play", in April of 2001. With "a mix of Orchestral Neoclassical Metal with complex harmony/orchestration and mind-blowing lead guitar parts", the album was received very positively by the press and specialized media, establishing ZIRAS as a force to contend with in the future.

ZIRAS' second album, "Virtual Virtuosity", was released in March 2003. The opus further established the axe-master as one of the top class guitar virtuosos around the globe.

In 2005 the artist released his first cd with vocals: "Euroforce CD", featuring Jiotis Parcharidis, of the German Power Metal group HUMAN FORTRESS.

2007 has finally seen the arrival of the Greek master's third solo work: "HyperpirexiA". For this album, ZIRAS' virtuosism was surrounded by the skills and artistry of legendary keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, PLANET X) and top L.A drummer Brian Tichy.

These days, besides his solo work, ZIRAS "keeps extremely busy dividing his time between studying, composing, teaching guitar, writing instructional material, recording and trying to develop his style and grow as a performer and composer".

This artist's main influences include Classical Music, Rock, Metal to Jazz & Fusion. His style has a lot of resemblance to that of legends like Malsteem, Petrucci, Satriani, as well as classical monsters like Bach or Paganini. All of this within a powerful, rockin' metal experience.

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4.00 | 3 ratings
Trained to Play
3.00 | 4 ratings
Virtual Virtuosity
5.00 | 1 ratings
4.00 | 5 ratings
4.00 | 3 ratings
Territory 4
4.33 | 3 ratings
Monster 5

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 Virtual Virtuosity by ZIRAS, THEODORE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.00 | 4 ratings

Virtual Virtuosity
Theodore Ziras Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Theodore Ziras is a greek guitarist who beggins his career in late '90s releasing so far I guess 6 albums. His second offer from 2003 is named Virtual Virtuosity. Ok, to me this type of music don't give any shivers down the spine, really, specially when is all instrumental, I'm talking about instrumental neo classical metal. Even the pieces are ok constructed and he really know to handle the instrument, in fact Ziras play at all instruments to be heared here, to my ears all the pieces sound kinda the same. Same attitude, same arrangements and same guitar solos and riffs. If was little more diversity in his arrangements then for sure I would give a higher rate. No tune is better then other, so no highlights for me. Fast guitar playing with some background keyboards , no really melody here. So, in the end, over all I guess I can listen to this album again, but I don't expect to be really soon. Hardly 3 stars.
 Hyperpyrexia by ZIRAS, THEODORE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.00 | 5 ratings

Theodore Ziras Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Greece are perhaps best known for their ancient gods, but in this case we're dealing with an aspiring guitar god.

With Derek Sherinian involved you always know that it will be a quality release, and his keyboard textures do add nuances to the compositions here highlighting the individual songs best qualities. But Ziras is a skilled composer as well, he has technical abilities as well as the skills on how to use these to make instrumental guitar dominated tunes sound interesting. With some keyboard soloing and call and answer routines between these and the guitar additional interest is made.

The musical style here is quite similar to Joe Satriani's early work; but with more leanings towards prog metal; and some neo-classical licks in addition to the high class quality shredding and melodic explorations.

Highly recommended, in particular to fans of instrumental guitar dominated metal.

Thanks to The T for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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