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Rock Guitarist of the Year @ 20th Annual LA Music Awards
Canadian artist Brennan Dylan is a guitar virtuoso and composer who fuses unique 4-on-the-floor rock, metal, blues & neoclassical guitar to his electronic compositions. He has over 500 performances to his credit, including performances on bills with artists such as Michael Angelo Batio, DeathRiders and Gorillaz. His single War Parade played European dance clubs tracking in the Top 200 for part of 2011 while Slammin' is music in a Nurse Jackie trailer which was nominated for a Promax Award & he fronts 3 piece guitar driven band Men Without Armies.
Brennan performed improv guitar 2-3 times/week with local & touring blues, rock & jazz acts at an Ottawa club before studying Performance Guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is receiving national & international press including Guitar World and NME, is sponsored by Gary Kramer Guitars (LA), worked at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, won Rock Guitarist of the Year @ 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, has been recording since he was 15 plus getting press & radio play since he was 16. Bullet Ride, his 2010 CD, firmly established Dylan as a serious guitar force:
"First, Dylan can play guitar like Neil Zaza, Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. Second, his music combines the raw, 80s rock anthem guitar loved by so many with the spirit and moxie of a surfer. And, third, did I mention this guy can play?"
- Suite101, Nov 27/10
Brennan followed-up with searing guitar fused to thundering techno, dubstep & industrial, releasing Broken Glass in April 2012. Like Bullet Ride, the CD received great reviews and radio play as well as landed him a CBS Radio interview which aired to 30 million listeners, greatly increasing his exposure which he has capitalized on with his latest record, Men Without Armies (EP).
After forming Men Without Armies in the Fall of 2013, Dylan wrote & recorded a 6 song self-titled EP in 8 days. It was released on June 17/14 to very positive reviews and radio play, mainly in the UK, Europe, the U.S. and Canada. However, there are several major differences with this recording, not the least of which is vocals, yes all other professional recordings were instrumentals. But fear not:
"Bullet Ride is not for everyone; electric guitar enthusiasts should flock, as well as fans of electronic rock music that has heavy techno influences. But whether you’re into techno-rock or not, the record showcases one young man’s sheer talent and ability on the guitar. His shredding and riffing makes the listener forget there aren’t any vocals on the album (they would have just gotten in the way, anyhow)."
- Carlito, Music Emissions (Nov 25/10)
Secondly, Dylan's latest release has expanded his global reach exponentially. The EP is giving him continuous terrestrial & internet radio play because there is a dramatic increase in the number of stations playing his music, outlets reviewing his music and geographic areas listening to & reading about the young guitar player/composer. Difference #3: Men Without Armies zeroed in on the rock, metal & neoclassical scenes plus the guitar aficionado scene………his markets. Oh yeah……3 more things:
“The best way to describe the music would be classic metal with a healthy dose of guitar virtuoso woven into the fabric of every song; think Steve Vai meets Avenged Sevenfold and you would be on the right track.”
- Pure Grain Audio, May 6/14
“Thank you for bringing back the technical guitar playing as well as the screaming solo’s. In life there always seems to be cycles that always repeat, this is different in the sense of bringing back, actually rescuing the 80′s style of metal guitar. Its nice to see bands heading in that direction."
- Volume 11 Magazine, Feb. 21/14
"After the smooth intro, we jump into "Metal Rain," which has the potential to become a new metal anthem. Like Metallica's "Metal Militia" decades ago, it will have live audiences chanting the catchy chorus, "Metal's my religion." Far from being threatening, “Metal Rain” flirts with progressive metal solos and transitions that are woven throughout the entire recording. Fans of epic acts like Dream Theater and Fates Warning will get satisfaction from Dylan's mastering of the guitar and the buildup of his songs."
- Good Night Magazine, Feb.11/14