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WyrDGeneS is the solo project of George Edgelander. George plays all guitar and bass parts, as well as creating all other sounds using an assortment of synthesisers, sequencers and other gadgets. Stylistically the music ranges from heavy rock/metal to gentle, melancholic passages, with more than a passing nod to prog rock, while staying firmly grounded in the melodic tradition of Georges native Northumbria (North East England). George believes passionately that these ancient melodies have every bit as much to offer in a modern context as those of the more widely appreciated Scottish and Irish traditions. As a guitarist George is in no way adverse to the odd fast-fingered flurry here and there but his focus is more on the expressive capabilities of the instrument.

After just over a decade touring the UK and mainland Europe with various bands, for personal reasons, George increasingly felt the need to withdraw from society and began to lead a more reclusive existence. Forced to retire early from his chosen lifestyle, George retreated to his house in the hills, installed a small studio and set about learning to use it. Debut album, 'edgeLäNDER' is the first result of his experiments.

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 edgeLäNDER by WYRDGENES album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.94 | 5 ratings

WyrDGeneS Prog Folk

Review by toroddfuglesteg

4 stars There is no doubts that this is a new star in the prog/metal folk scene. So take a not of the name.

This is the debut album from this one man band Wyrdgenes. All instruments was played by George Edgelander. It also contains folk music from an area close to my heart.

This album also presents me with a huge quandry. It has some excellent stuff on it. But it also have some of the things I am not fond of at all. Let's start with the excellent stuff. The folk music stuff. This is played with some Camel like electric guitars. For those who knows this scene; I would also add Colin Masson's guitar playing at his most recent album as a good reference. And Colin Masson is a good reference source for some of this album. The best parts of this album that is. The atmospheric, folk music parts that is. Colin and George should really exchange phone numbers in my view.

The bad parts here is when the album goes metal and reminds me far too much about the German/Finnish folk metal scene. George's pretty heavy metal riffs does not do the album or the material here any favours at all. OK, it reminds me about Thin Lizzy, but that is the only good thing too. Too much metal in my view.

The songs are great though and George has found the fountain of further musical pleasures. He is hopefully drinking a lot from it for the upcoming album too. Stay in Norththumberland and do not go further into metal territory is my advice to him for upcoming albums. Don't follow the path of the fellow Newcastle bands Venom and Skyclad.

I am in loss to decide if this is a 3 or a 4 stars album. I toss a coin and then decides that I should really encourage George Edgelander to continue with his musical career. So for a change and a rare moment in my life; I am becoming soft-brained and a kind person.

4 stars

 edgeLäNDER by WYRDGENES album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.94 | 5 ratings

WyrDGeneS Prog Folk

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'edgeLäNDER' - WyrDGeneS (7/10)

Straight from the British Isles is this very Celtic and traditional sound for progressive rock. A self-proclaimed 'chicken herder', the highly eccentric and quirky (as evidenced by his website) George Edgelander takes his love and passion for Northumbrian Pipe music, and transposes it into a progressive folk rock setting, giving a very traditional Celtic sound through rock music, the likes of which has been heard largely before from folk rockers The Morrigan. An instrumental album, Edgelander takes his skill with the electric guitar and puts it to good use, creating a somewhat short, but undeniably fun and enjoyable record that provides a very pastoral, yet proggy musical experience.

As a self-produced album, the music here sounds surprisingly professional in the way George has put the elements together. While the folkier sounds here do sound a bit virtual at times (to the album's detriment), the distinctively Celtic sound gets across through the beautiful melodies conveyed through the clever guitar work. While the instruments here are primarily rock-based, there is never a doubt as to what WyrDGeneS is playing.

While some instrumental rock guitar albums do ultimately get boring, I found that 'edgeLäNDER' held my attention for almost the entire thirty-five minutes of play length, with only a few less engaging moments around the second and third tracks to contend with. A single vocal interlude takes place in the middle of 'Felton Lennen' however, which entails George whispering into the microphone. This feels wholly unnecessary to the album, and is not pleasant in the least to listen to, especially when considering that it greatly breaks the flow of the rest of the album.

The sound here is quite peppy and upbeat, as if it were the the prog soundtrack to some pastoral village celebration. That being said, there are a few moments where George lets the guitars rip, and flaunts his skill a bit, which really works when contrasted to the memorable melodic playing throughout most of the album. While there is not much of an album flow here, or many greatly complicated moments, WyrDGeneS has indeed crafted an interesting and folky record with this one. While not having the complexity or nuances to ever warrant being called a masterpiece, there's still no doubt in my mind that George Edgelander has created a very pleasant musical experience with his debut album.

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