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Canadian artist Brennan Dylan is a guitar virtuoso and composer who lays down a unique 4-on-the-floor rock, metal and neoclassical guitar style to his metal creations. He has over 500 performances to his credit, including performances on bills with artists Michael Angelo Batio, DeathRiders and Gorillaz. His composition Slammin' is music in a Nurse Jackie trailer which was nominated for a Promax Award and he fronts 3 piece metal band Men Without Armies.
Brennan studied Performance Guitar at Berklee College of Music, is receiving national and international press including Guitar World and NME, is sponsored by Gary Kramer Guitars (Los Angeles), worked at Capitol Studios, won Rock Guitarist of the Year at 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, is featured regularly in Truth In Shredding, has been recording since he was 15, started getting radio play when he was 16 and got his first record label offer when he was 17. 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
In April/12 Dylan released his CD Broken Glass. The release received accolades from the press as well as interviews; a CBS Radio interview aired to an audience of 30 million listeners. Media coverage was continuous for the performing solo artist but things were not progressing as he had envisioned because he had not clearly defined his market. His fusion of rock, metal and neoclassical guitar to techno, dubstep and industrial captured fans on the fringe of the metal scene and the heavy electronic scene. It did not capture the whole of both movements as he had hoped.
In the Fall of 2013, he formed Men Without Armies, a 3 piece metal band which includes his guitar, bass player Bill Davis with a killer set of pipes and a drummer Roger Winter. The trio recorded a 6 song (all compositions by Brennan Dylan with lyrics by Dude Diablo) self-titled EP in 8 days in Cleveland, Ohio. In early December they shot "The Devil's Bride", their 1st video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxyysyfNnrc The EP is receiving very good reviews from magazines in the UK, Europe, the U.S. and Canada as well as great radio play from the same areas. This is what the press is saying about MWA:
"Congratulations MWA, you have what we call in the UK a “belter” of a first EP. Now give us an album! Global Onslaught gives Men Without Armies (Self-titled EP) a resounding 5 out of 5."
- Global Onslaught, Mar. 23/14
"All in all, this first outing by MEN WITHOUT ARMIES is a really fun throwback sound with loads of Steve Vai type leads and riffage. A well produced collection of nicely arranged and exciting songs."
- Metal Cage, Mar. 17/14
“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
“It is ironic that a band that calls itself Men Without Armies has the power to assault your senses from the very first riff and drumbeat, like a small but determined Greek bunch ready to take over hordes of fans in a musical battle of Marathon. Explosive and eager, the band's debut, self-titled EP is sure to claim a place on the contemporary metal stage for the three-men act."
- Good Night Magazine, Feb. 11/14
The new six track self-titled "Men Without Armies" release is very solid. Is it true it took you about eight days to record the whole thing?
- Rockulus Maximus, Feb. 9 /14
"When you hear the line "Metal is my religion" (from the song 'Metal Rain') you quietly think to yourself this is a statement of truth, no doubt about it. The riffage is sharp and concise with attitude dribbling over the top as the gases rise and fill the senses."
- MetalTalk.Net, Feb. 5/14
"The Gift" is a dark sounding, with an almost satanic feel to it is punctuated with guitar riffs from the gods! It’s not surprising that this group is already bulldozing through the Reverbnation charts, pushing the boundaries of rock even further."
- Planet Mosh, Jan. 12/14
“She Wears Plastic” truly showcase the talents of guitarist and the band’s founder, Brennan Dylan.
- Infectious Magazine, Jan. 20/14