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Men Without Armies / Bio

Rock Guitarist of the Year @ the 20th Annual LA Music Awards

Canadian artist Brennan Dylan is a contemporary guitar player and composer, who lays down uniquely fused 4-on-the-floor rock, metal and neoclassical guitar to his rock creations. He has over 500 performances to his credit, including regular performances at The Whisky a Go Go on bills with artists Michael Angelo Batio, DeathRiders, Gorillaz etc. He has been writing/performing since he was 10, performed improv Rock & Blues guitar 2-3 times/wk at The Rainbow (Ottawa) while in high school, reads and writes both notation and tabulator, plays by ear & studied Performance Guitar at Berklee College of Music, as well:

* His composition Slammin' is music in a Nurse Jackie trailer, nominated for a Promax Award 

*  "Bullet Ride" his 2010 CD firmly established him 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   
*  His single  "War Parade" charted in the Top 200 in European dance clubs in 2011  

*  Sponsored by Gary Kramer Guitars since 2010, gifted 2 one-off handmade guitars

*  In 2010 he worked at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, met Ringo Starr 1st day on the job

*  2012 release "Broken Glass" landed a CBS Radio interview, airing to 30 million listeners

*  Ranked 32nd Greatest Rock Guitarist of All Time by independent pollsters The Top Tens

"Men Without Armies is a band based around Canadian Guitarist/Composer Brennan Dylan and for an incredibly good reason, the guy treats a guitar like Van Gogh used a paint brush.”  - Bacon & Music, Jan 3/15

*  Has been receiving terrestrial & internet radio play since he was 16 

*  Receiving continuous press in both terrestrial & internet magazines since 2010

*  EPK: www.reverbnation.com/Men Without Armies #1 Rock/Metal Band in Toronto & Canada

*  British magazine NME has covered him in their ezine numerous times

In the Fall of 2013, Dylan formed guitar driven, 3 piece hard rockin' metal band Men Without Armies. They recorded a 6 song (all compositions by Brennan Dylan) self-titled EP in 8 days, which continues to receive positive reviews from magazines in the UK, Europe, the U.S. and Canada as well as continuous radio play from the same regions:
* Men Without Armies (EP) ranked #21 of The 100 Best Metal Albums of 2014

Press Quotes:

“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

“With one foot in classical music and the other pressing the heavy petal of metal music, musical virtuoso Brennan Dylan takes a few minutes to answer some questions for AskANewYorker.com.” - Ask A New Yorker, Apr.15/14

"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

"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

“Bullet Ride, a 2010 release, firmly established Dylan as a guitar force.” - New York Talent Magazine, May 1/13

"Brennan Dylan, a guitar virtuoso and DIY artist from Los Angeles, has effectively bridged the gap between rock and electronic music to create a new and inventive sound." - Performer Magazine, Jan./12

“This 10-track all instrumental affair contains a head rattling array of techno beats bound to keep the dance floor moving (“Racing Laguna”) while a discernible hard rock edge makes its presence known thanks to Dylan’s inventive approach and undeniable chops (“Derailed”). At times wandering through dark wave and industrial soundscapes (“Bullet Ride”) while at others coming off like the perfect background music for a television or movie chase scene (“Delirious Factor”). - Ear Candy Mag, May 1/11

“This is an instrumental record, but make no mistake, there is still a voice on here--and a strong one at that. Dylan makes the electric guitar sing over a bed of buzzing synthesizer sounds and club-style drum programming, creating a tough-as-nails hybrid of industrial electronic music rooted in a strong rock heritage. Every song has a high enough energy level to be the backdrop for a movie car chase scene (think The Fast and the Furious with guns blazing).”
- Music Emissions, Nov.25/10

“As most of TheGuitarBuzz.com readers know, I am 100% passionate about the guitar. I have a personal preference to the Jazz & Blues genres…even though I grew up in the 70′s with some pretty stiff Rock and Roll bands that will never lose their spot on my iPod. The other thing most regular BUZZ readers know is that I recognize and appreciate guitar playing TALENT and ABILITY, regardless of genre. Enter Brennan Dylan. Brennan’s musical style would best be described as “Original techno-electro driven by melodic synth with heavy hitting beats powered by ripped technical guitar and riveting guitar riffs”. He is a guitar player with a ton of talent, two tons of ability and enough energy to power a 5,000 seat auditorium.” - The Guitar Buzz, Oct.8/10

“These crafty guitar-based instrumental themes might have some listeners reaching for a roll of quarters, as Dylan's expertise is in propulsive arcade-game soundtrack music. His formula: impressive guitar chops laid on top of four-on-the-floor tech

General Info

Band Members
Brennan Dylan - Guitar, Metal Head - Drums
Artist Name
Men Without Armies
Home Page
Active Since
Metal / Rock

Contact Info

Toronto, ON, CA
Adrenalin Traffic Artist Management

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