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David Martone is one of the most talented and renowned guitar heroes from Canada. Known widely as Martone he release with his band 5 albums melting with great style and perfection jazz fusion with progressive metal elements. He played over the years with many great musicians from different styles such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Marty Friedman, Chester Thompson, Mike Portnoy, Greg Bissionet and Gene Hoglan, that give him the status as one of the major guitarist of the last 20 years. His best work to date are considered his second album from 1999 Zone or When aliens come from 2007, always keeping high standards in this filed. Recommended to those who enjoy John Petrucci, Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore, Allan Holdsworth and jazz fusion with progressive metal attitude in places.

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3.33 | 3 ratings
Shut Up 'N Listen
4.00 | 4 ratings
4.00 | 2 ratings
4.20 | 5 ratings
A Demon's Dream
4.71 | 5 ratings
When The Aliens Come
3.60 | 5 ratings

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4.05 | 2 ratings
Live at Metalworks (with Glen Drover)

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 Live at Metalworks (with Glen Drover) by MARTONE album cover Live, 2013
4.05 | 2 ratings

Live at Metalworks (with Glen Drover)
Martone Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars The double credited album "Live at Metalworks", released by Magna Carta Records in 2013, documents a double bill concert performance where Canadian artists Dave MARTONE and Glen DROVER shared the stage, each given a set with their own backing bands but also guesting in on each others performances. This limited edition CD comes with a bonus DVD from the same performance, but as this one isn't included in the digital promo package I was sent I can't really tell whether or not that DVD adds anything apart from being a bonus item.

Of the two sets, Dave Martone's is the longest one, and at least to my ears also the one least impressive. The energetic Bossa Dorado is a highlight, taking the bossanova where it rarely have been before, and Angel Fish comes across as a distinctly Satriani-tinged excursion to my ears, in a good way I might add. An instrumental where mood and melody have just as much a place as sequences of a more technical nature. The Devil Went Down to Georgia is an enjoyable told tale where the storyline is used to set up some flamboyant guitar work, while Crush of Love, with Drover guesting on second guitar, is an elongated take/improvisation on the Satriani classic fairly well performed - although not quite at the same level as from the creator.

In general I find Martone to be too focused on technical performance to suit my taste and arguably not as concerned about more developed compositional features as such, but fans of guitar soloing, shredding and neo-classical runs will find this live performance to be a treasure trove to experience, no doubts about that.

Glen Drover's set is just a tad more appealing to my ears. With Saga keyboardist Jim Gilmour as part of his backing band the songs obviously gets more depth by default, and the manner in which Drover and Leighton utilize their instruments to craft supplemental contrasts is at times superb. We're treated to a fair share of darker toned riff constructions paired off against lighter toned keyboards obviously, but there's also fairly sweeping and elegant keyboard textures given room to soar and shine, quirky interwoven guitar and keyboard interactions as well as alternating solo runs by both instruments, the non-soloing instrument supporting the soloing instrument at any given time.

Bass and drums are also brought more to the fore on Drover's set, and most stunningly so on Ground Zero, a brilliant performance that kicks off as some sort of DiMeola-inspired metal workout that gradually moves away from the initial jazzrock details by the rhythms section to a more purebred metal expression, all done in an excellent manner. The concluding run through Megadeth's classic Symphony of Destruction just about the only letdown here to my ears, while it does take the song to grounds the original doesn't cover I personally didn't find those new grounds as appealing as the ones explored by the original in this case.

The two sets documented on this live CD are by artists that, at least if this live performance documents anything, are fairly different in nature. Martone comes across as the technically oriented artist that will appeal to a guitar hero type audience, while Drover comes across as a a guy with an arguably broader appeal towards a progressive metal oriented crowd. Less focused on the technical bits, and to a much greater extent employing those details within a well developed context. Still, if you enjoy (mostly) instrumental metal this is an album that warrants an inspection, and as the artists are fairly different in scope to my ears the overall appeal of this album should be fairly broad, even if the full album perhaps might be regarded as intriguing by a slightly lesser sized audience overall.

 When The Aliens Come by MARTONE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.71 | 5 ratings

When The Aliens Come
Martone Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

5 stars WOW!WHEN THE ALIENS COME is a sensational instrumental album of a very,very talented guitar player from CANADA,called DAVE MARTONE!This album is more than 70 minutes of pure enjoyement for any amateur of great instrumental music-guitar orientated!In today's so crowded world of guitareros,MARTONE is bringing some fresh blood in terms of inovation and originality!What this man can get out of his guitar is simply astonishing!Great solos,senational technical skills ,but most of all,some original and catchy compositions in a so wide range of expression-from power metal to uptempo tones,from power songs to Spanish influenced compositions,from power ballads to prog metal influences -and above all- a great vision of how modern prog fusion power metal should sound!MARTONE has the spark of a genius,with ideas borrowed from ZAPPA or VAI,but the Canadian prodigy is extremelly original- here speaks his unique technicity-really impressive and shocking almost!The production of the album is fabulous,crystal clear and so powerful,but the length of more than 70 minutes of the album is impressive,because of the diversity of the album and excellent compositions,we don't have any second the feeling that some tracks are weak or poor!NO WAY!It's more then 70 minutes of guitar extravaganza at the highest level possible-made by a sensational musician which still has many weapons to be launched in the next years!MARTONE is a very talented as a producer too-the blastering sound of this album proves plenty his technical competences in terms of using the recording technology too!The other musicians involved are very competent,brilliant indeed-DAVE SPIDEL-bass and DANIEL ADAIR-drums , together with PAUL MARTONE on keys-which have serious place here on this album-!This album is hystorical in my opinion,a milestone for the guitar instrumental division and an excellent addition in the collection of any guitar orientated albums lover!5 STARS for something impressive and already essential!
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