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Martone: Zone

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Zone by Martone, aka David d Marton, is packed with some of the finest and widely diverse guitar playing I have heard in 1999. Marton can shred, do awesome jazzy fusion numbers, then mellow out incredibly well. Great bass, keys, and drumming serve to augment the endlessly satisfying breadth of talent and technique Marton flaunts with ease. This guy deserves to be heard! I play this one very regularly. And now the specifics . . .

All the compositions are written with uniqueness in mind, the typical “guitar-hero”, testosterone-driven, wall-to-wall noise avoided. Canada’s Martone is keen on keeping the listener on their toes, plenty of twists and turns, time sigs sprinkled about like a Monet’s myriad dots of color. Up close things might seem whole-tonally confusing, eclectically ambiguous, but in totality — the effect is beautiful. Herein we have 13 tracks of fine art. Do not misunderstand me, this is not music for pastel-spectacled weenies — Zone breathes fusion fire, belches tremors of bone-crunching edge, and hypnotizes you as the rainbow-hued talons grip your acoustic soul. This is one fun ride of rocking, hard fusion with enuff overdriven power and fluid-fretted grace to make even the most jaded listener stop and say, “Whoa baby, who’s this?”

Those of you out there tired of banal riffage and ennui-full scores that you see coming after the first bar — need to hear Martone. Buy this, so we will hear much more from this fine artist. Paul Marton helps out on keys and sound FX. Justin Faragher is bass and Stick. Dave Devin and Dave Spidel add more bass. Bill Prouten is sax. Daniel Adair is one awesome drummer and percussionist.

Tracks “B52" spinning at 6:30 and “7th Dimension” weighing in at 11:20 were simply amazing, allowing Marton to show his superb legato, precision timing, and behemoth, low-end crunch. David et al, trust me, these tracks are killer and show the direction your future releases should emphasize and expand upon. I hear Martone, easily executing 15:00+ songs that will slay the masses in progressive rock/metal gangs, jazz fusion circles, and power shredders world-wide. “Bravo and tres bon, monsieur Marton!” Highest of recommendations!

Contact info: E-mail: martone@ultranet.ca Ph: 1-604-432-9022 FAX: 1-604-682-2051 Cyberlink: www.guitar9.com/zone.html

Record Label: DDM Music

Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


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