Berklee-educated modern progressive/world fusion guitarist Felix Martin will release his upcoming 15-track full-length album, “Mechanical Nations,” on February 24, 2017.
Martin self-produced “Mechanical Nations,” with mixing by Jamie King (“Between The Buried And Me”). Aside from a few tracks on the album inspired by other influences, a good portion of “Mechanical Nations” is inspired by industrialized South American locations and the hard work of the people. Musically, Martin’s goal with this album was to discover unique sounds on the electric guitar while blending rock and metal with a Latin spark. Martin wanted his full band to stand out, rather than have the album come across primarily as an instrumental solo guitar record.
“I challenged myself to not use distortion, play solos, or even lead-solo melodies, as I wanted to focus on what makes me different on the guitar and put the whole band under the spotlight,” says Martin. He continues to describe the inspiration behind the album’s concept. “Many songs on this album are inspired by traditional South American melodies and locations that were then “Mechanized” so to say, in a progressive format. “Barquisimetal” is a good example – it is a place in Venezuela that inspired melodies and the landscape brought out that creative spark. Many South American countries, especially places like Venezuela, are heavily-industrialized economies. The hard work of the people and how it shaped the countries themselves seemed fitting for a progressive rock record.”
Mechanical Nations is available for pre-order now via iTunes,Amazon and Martin’s official webstore.