SHADOW GALLERY Axeman To Guest On Lucassen's "Space Metal"

January 2, 2002

SHADOW GALLERY axeman Gary Wehrkamp will appear on two tracks on the upcoming Space Metal CD from STAR ONE, the new project helmed by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE). Here are Arjen's thoughts on Gary's contributions: "I might have told you this before, but I really think that the guitar solo of SHADOW GALLERY's Gary Wehrkamp (or Gayreon as I prefer to call him) on 'Through the Wormhole' on the Flight of the Migrator album is one of the best guitar solos I ever heard. So when Gary offered to play another solo on one of my upcoming releases, I didn't hesitate for a moment, despite the fact that I usually don't tolerate other guitar players beside me (especially not when they are so much faster than me O) I personally think his playing is a perfect combination of Eddie Van Halen's spontaneity, Steve Vai's weirdness and Yngwie's speed. Which doesn't mean of course that Gary hasn't developed a style of his own. When he sent me his solos for the STAR ONE album I recognized his distinctive style immediately. His solos are great again, he can play all those things (with ease!) that I could never be able to play in my lifetime. In one song ('Laserfight') he's fighting a guitar/synth battle with Jens Johansson, you will be amazed at all this firework!"

In addition to Wehrkamp and Johansson, Space Metal will include appearances by a cast of different singers, namely Damien Wilson, formerly with THRESHOLD, Floor Jansen of Dutch gothic metal band AFTER FOREVER, SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen, Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, MOONTOWER),and Dave Brock (HAWKWIND).

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