Eric Maldonado - Into The Moonlight
01. Horizon's End
02. Hero Stand
03. Under Feeling
05. Zero Control
06. Ocean Cloud
09. Gates Of Eternity
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Eric Maldonado is one of the newest artist's on the instrumental guitar scene, yet, at a very young age possesses a very unique playing style that he calls "Alternative - Instrumental". His influences for this album were artists like Paramore, Fallbrooke, Breaking Benjamin, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. The songs on this album range to full out shred all the way to melodic acoustic based melodies.
This debut album "Into The Moonlight is 9 tracks with a mix of influences ranging from modern bands to legendary shredders. On the album Eric says, "I didn't want another shred fest album, we have many guitarists already doing that and who do it very well. I wanted an album that sounded modern, melodic, fresh, and of course, have some shred.".
"Into The Moonlight" delivers great tunes and great guitar work that will definitely please guitar and overall music fans. It is a must have if you like bands such as Paramore, Steve Vai, Breaking Benjamin, Firewind, and Joe Satriani.
Track By Track Analysis By Eric Maldonado
Horizon's End : This song is a hard rock track in Drop D. I started writing this track somewhere in December. I wanted a cool hard rock song that had great melodies and cool solo. This is definitely one of my favorite tracks to play. I used a 7 string for the rhythms(the Low B was not used) and cleans and my Halo Morbus for the leads.
Hero Stand: This song was the first song I wrote with my 7 string guitar I had just bought at the time back in November of '09. I was so happy with the new chords and tones of a 7 string and just went for a basic chord progression in B Minor. And of course I am using the low B string for the whole song on the rhythms and cleans. I used the 7 string for the rhythms and cleans and my Halo Morbus for the leads.
Under Feeling: Now this song is where I was influenced a lot by modern bands like Paramore and Fallbrooke. I gave it that Alternative sound that sounds like something you might hear in modern music. The solo is where I shift into to hard rock "Lynch Mob" mode. I used many George Lynch techniques in the solo for this song and tried to give it a cool "Lynch Mob" feel.
I used my custom RG Ash guitar for the rhythms and my Halo Morbus for the leads.
Premonition: This is the song that started it all. The day after I saw Fallbrooke play last Summer('09) I had some ideas for a song and this one came out. Although this song sounds nothing like Fallbrooke I just got very influenced by their sound and tried to create a cool song I thought sounded unique. This is more of a standard instrumental guitar song in the vein of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. The solo was inspired by Steve Vai. I used my first Halo Morbus for the rhythms, and for the leads I used my new black Halo Morbus and custom Strat.
Zero Control: This is one of the most recent songs off the album. This song is very fun to play and has a lot of value to me. I also wrote it because I always wanted to have a song that started with a cool lead in riff. The beginning up to the solo is a metal/alternative feel and then when the solo comes in, it hard rock time! I used my custom RG Ash guitar for the rhythms and my Halo Morbus for the leads.
Ocean Cloud: This is the "Ballad" song from the album. A very basic chord progression and easy melodies are used in this song. I just wanted to create a nice soft song with just Acoustic guitar, Electric lead, and bass. This song has lots of sentimental value to me. The main melody is very nice and memorable which is what I wanted to create.
I used my acoustic guitar for the backing guitar and my Halo Morbus for the leads.
Fallen: Another song from November of '09, "Fallen" is a cool track that starts of with a very nice clean intro and then goes into a distorted rock sound for the chorus and solo. This song has a cool sound to it and nice melodies to go along. I think the outro has a cool alternative sound when I am using octave chords and the wah to give it a phase shift sound. I used a Yamaha RGZ321p for the cleans, 7 string for the rhythms(Low B string was not used), and my Halo Morbus for the leads.
Shadows: In this song I was very influenced by Breaking Benjamin and Paramore. This song doesn't have much shred but it does have a very melodic sound and a very memorable chorus section. This is also one of my favorite songs to play. I used my Custom RG Ash guitar for the rhythms and cleans, and my Halo Morbus for the leads and harmonies.
Gates Of Eternity: One of the tracks I am most proud of, I was influenced heavily by Gus G., Theodore Ziras, & Yngwie Malmsteen for this. I wanted to write a song with heavy rhythm guitars, soaring leads tones and great melodies. And of course, a killer guitar solo. The intro riff is influenced by Racer X and Paul Gilbert. The Verse is influenced by Gus G., & the solo's are more Yngwie sounding. And the main chorus melodies where just my own ideas. This is definitely the heaviest track on this album and is more what my style is leaning towards these days. I guess you could say this track ends the album off with a bang. I used my Custom RG Ash guitar for the rhythms, and my Halo Morbus for the leads.