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EMIR HOT

Progressive Metal • Bosnia and Herzegovina


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EMIR HOT is a progressive-metal guitarist and composer born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1978.

He showed his first interest in the guitar when he was very young. His first influences were Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton.

He enrolled in the Music School in Tuzla at the age of 10. When her was 12, he started listening to various heavy/rock bands and solo guitarists, instrumentalists and virtuosos. In 1989 he joined HATRED, a thrash metal band from Tuzla.

A couple of years later, even under the chaos and terror of war, he joined another thrash metal band, RETARD. After a couple of personal changes the band was re-named NEON KNIGHTS. They released their only album, "Deserted Land", in 1998. At the time, Emir had the chance to meet bands of the caliber of IRON MAIDEN and DREAM THEATER. But he decided to leave the group soon after.

In 1999, Emir joined SOUTHERN STORM. The outfit released their first album, "1999", in 2002, to the acclaim of the local metal scene. But after realizing the numerous problems the band faced in his country, and how difficult it would be for it to become a major success, Hot left SOUTHERN STORM a few months later.

He enrolled in the Berklee College of Music, Boston (USA) instead. To help finance his studies, he made arrangements for different types of music festivals, gave several guitar workshops, played countless club gigs, helped many bands as a studio musician, led his own private school of guitar and wrote music for the first BiH post-war TV drama "Forgotten Saying."

In 2004, he recorded the split-instrumental album, "Quarterworlds of Fantasia", together with Dean Clea Brkic. The album has not been released yet. Later that year he enrolled in The London Guitar Institute.

In June 2007, Emir graduated at THE GUITAR INSTITUTE and started recording "Sevdah Metal" - his first serious project as a solo artist. The material was written during the university time in London and luckily he got a chance to get some great musicians on the record - John West on Vocals and Mike Terrana on Drums.

"Sevdah Metal" was released in March 2008 to great critical acclaim. Since then Emir Hot has been continuing to build his name as one of the genre's best guitarists.

EMIR HOT plays a very technical and demanding style of epic power metal full of progressive elements in the structures and instrumentations that is a delight for progressive metal listene...
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3.21 | 5 ratings
Sevdah Metal
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Beyond Hot
2018

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 Beyond Hot by HOT, EMIR album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Beyond Hot
Emir Hot Progressive Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars EMIR HOT is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most celebrated virtuoso guitarists who started guitar at the age of 5 in his hometown of Tuzla (then still Yugoslavia) but quickly elevated himself to a gifted musician who enrolled in the Music School in Tuzla. He played in the thrash metal bands Hatred and Neon Knights in his homeland before having to flee the country due to the civil war. HOT ended up in the US where he found a way to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston and from there dived headfirst into playing club gigs, acting as a studio musician, teaching and giving guitar workshops. He even wrote the soundtrack for the first Bosnian post-war TV drama 'Forgotten Saying.'

HOT supposedly recorded an album in 1998 titled 'Deserted Land' but even though it appears in databases doesn't seem like it's available in any way, shape or form for listening or purchase. In 2004, HOT teamed up with Dean Clea, sin get of the Croatian rock band Osmi Putnik and recorded the all-instrumental album 'The Quarterworlds of Fantasia' which took a fantastical journey through sound steeped in progressive metal compositions fortified with neoclassical workouts. And if that wasn't enough he continued his academic studies at the Long Guitar Institute and won the Guitar Hero UK 2005 contest that scored him a bunch of wickedly cool new equipment.

Following his graduation EMIR HOT finally released his first solo album 'Sevdah Metal' which would find him following up with heavy touring schedules. Never one to rush things it would take 10 long years for HOT's follow up BEYOND ROCK to come to fruition but was released in 2018. Interestingly enough, BEYOND ROCK despite its English album title contains eight tracks but all are sung and presented in his native Bosnian language. Always one to attract the primo talent pool, HOT rounded up a smoking hot band for this sophomore offering that included bass guitarist Dino Fiorenz, drummer Ivu'a Gojan, keyboardist Maestro Mistheria and lead vocals by Sergej 'kofljanec with the feminine extra charm of Trina Hristova on a few tracks. The album was recorded in the upscale Pavarotti Studio in Mostar, BiH and produced by the legendary Tom Newman who is not only the co-founder of Virgin Records with Richard Branson but also produced Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells.' Not too shabby.

The album is somewhat of a surprise as the opening 'Pusti Grad' opens with a bluesy slide guitar and then becomes what sounds more like one of those 80s glam rock bands like Cinderella for example. The early part of the album doesn't hint at HOT's progressive leanings as this is a straight-forward heavy metal rocker albeit a good one with strong musical performances and the perfect vocalist for this gritty blues metal style. It's obvious from the start that despite the basic nature of the music itself that the musicians are all above competent with a firm command of the subtleties. While foreign tongues can sound a bit stilted in metal music, EMIR HOT crafted the perfect Bosnian lyrics that sound perfectly natural although no speako the lingo. When the following 'Vrijeme Bez Tebe' hits and is a slower mid-tempo rocker, it seems that BEYOND ROCK isn't going BEYOND anything but is rather a tribute to the 1988-89 timeline of hard rock and heavy metal. However it's really damn good sounding a bit like Virgin Steele and other power metal bands like Crimson Glory.

By the time the third track 'Sanjam' hits though, HOT's personality starts to shine through a bit as the classical guitar antics fortified with a local Bosnian folk flavor offer some stunning clean guitar workouts before the track bursts into a bona fide progressive metal style with heavy guitar presence backed up by a busy keyboard accompaniment and a few time signature gymnastics thrown in. At this point the band style sort of sounds like the more progressive neoclassical bands like Symphony X only fast as the bluesier side of hard rock is still present. HOT is actually fairly reserved with his soloing and focuses for the most part on the melodic flow of the tracks but throws in a few hot scorchers here and there. The production on this one is absolutely top notch and then half way through the song it completely changes to a folk song with Hristova joining in. This is now top notch folk metal.

The album continues in progressive metal style and the heavier power metal parts mixed with the pastoral ethnic folk elements remind me a bit of Ayreon only the metal is much heavier and the folk is Balkan based. Despite HOT being noted as a virtuoso guitarist this album is not lopsided in his favor in any way. This is a total band experience and works pretty much on every level. The only complaint i have is that it's not extremely original and the two softer ballads 'Ljubav Će Se Snaći I Bez Nas' and 'Synergy' sound a bit like the slower tracks of Helloween on 'The Keeper of the Seven Keys' albums. On the former Sergej and Trina sing a duet in a heart tugging ballad that sounds like America's Got Talent or something. Not bad but too sugary sweet but there is a commercial appeal to this album as the prog elements are tamped down in favor of a more blues metal and sometimes power metal parade of thunder. Overall i think this is very well performed album with excellent hooks and graced with the perfect musical performances, strong vocals and an impeccable production. It does seem a bit anachronistic but i enjoy this so much that i just don't care. Retro, yes but this stands on its own.

 Sevdah Metal by HOT, EMIR album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.21 | 5 ratings

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Sevdah Metal
Emir Hot Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Emir Hot is a known and respected guitarist in his own country and with the time pass by he begun to be more well known worldwide. He manage to graduate Berklee musical colage, he sign with major label Lion Music, and aswell release his first solo album under his name in 2008. He got involved in some obscure metal bands from his country in his teens, but this album with the line up showed here make him very dangerous, methaphorical speaking of course. Even is very young in age he pull some very intrsting and solid line up here, big names in progressive metal and music in general like - John West / Vocals and Mike Terrana / Drums among another guest. The music offered is progressive metal with a neo classical attitude here and there, but what makes him more intristing then the usual album or usual aproach to this kind of music, is the combination of the traditional music from these parts of the world, specialy from countries from ex Zugoslavia and evn from mz countrz Romania, the combinatioan of old trad. music with prog metal give him a special stus in this genre. Now, the album was issued in 2008 at Lion Music and is named Sevdah metal, the word sevdah comes from turkish language and in free translation means as booklet show something like amorous yearning or ecstasy of love, so combined with metal implies pasionate metal or something like this, from the heart . Music is ok , even great in places, the guests done a good job here , is even a romanian maestro on violin named Grigoras Dinicu and he is responsable for the piece 8 named Hora martisorului, is in romanian language and is almost imposoble to translate in other language thats whz the piece remains on the album in mz language even is instrumental. Lots of other guests on acordion, on kezboards is Brandon Morris, etc. The music is intristing, specialz on first couple of tunes, progressive metal who relies more on the great voice of John West and fiercy guitar of Hot, other wise is quite ok but nothing more. He gets realy intristing on guitar on the longest piece from here and the best named Sevdah Metal Rhapsody, showing how he can translate on guitar old folklore and done some fantastic arrangements aswell, 12 min of greatness. Overall is more then ok album, has good guitar parts, some very good vocal arrangemnts, druming is great, but to me is only a 3 star album, 3,5 for sure in places, for sure good, but overall something is missing and I can,t put my finger on what is it. Still recommended to prog metal listners to discover some very intristing combination of traditional bosnian, serbian, romanian folklore music with prog metal. Good cover art and , great booklet.
Thanks to The T for the artist addition.

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