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About the ArtistArtist Bio:
Mike Orlando is a guitarist/artist that fronts Mike Orlando’s Sonic Stomp instrumental band and has released his debut instrumental CD Sonic Stomp to worldwide critical acclaim and will release Sonic Stomp II in early to mid 2009. There will be a number pf phenomenal guest artists featured on Sonic Stomp II which include: Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Shane Gibson (Korn), Mike Pinella (Symphony X), and Joe Stump. Sonic Stomp II features Lenny Rocillo on bass and Kenny Howard on Drums. Along with release of Sonic Stomp II, there will be a Sonic Stomp live performance DVD released as well. It will include songs from the debut CD, as well as many extras. Mike also plays with Symphony X frontman/vocalist Russell Allen and their writing collaborations will be released on Russell’s 2009 solo album on Frontier Records. Mike is also a featured guitarist on Magna Carta's February 10, 2009 release "Guitars That Ate My Brain", which features 10 of some of metals premier guitarists.
Mike is also currently in and recording 2 other new projects as well, first is Tred-which features John Macaluso on Drums ( Yngwie Malmsteen, TNT, James LaBrie (of Dream Theater), Union Radio, Riot, Powermad, Delmar Brown (of Sting), George Lynch, and Starbreaker ,Ark) & Chandler Mogel on Vocals (Outloud). Mike is also recording a new album with Erik Leonhardt (Tantric) on Bass & Vocals.
Sonic Stomp is Mike’s debut CD as an instrumental artist. The twelve tracks take the listener from raging over the top guitar playing with sheer finesse and lightening speed to beautiful ballads with great emotional feel and everything in between.
Mike proudly endorses such companies as GHS Strings, Rocktron products and Shredneck. He is one of the featured artists on the GHS Strings and Rocktron sites and performs many of the Rocktron audio clips, including the Tri-Wah, Black Cat Moan, The Banshee Talkbox. Cyborg Delay, Cyborg Reverb, and mostly all audio clips for Utopia G100,Utopia G200 and G300 Utopia 300. In addition he proudly endorses ZZYX Snap Jack Cables and DiMarzio products. Most recently he has signed with the lenegndary Vigier guitar company, where he plays not only their fretted instruments, but also plays their fretless guitar which can be heard on the soon to be released Sonic Stomp II. Mike is very excited to share that a Rocktron signature wah pedal and also a signature Shreneck are in development.
Mike Orlando’s Sonic Stomp CD has held the number one slot in multiple categories on Guitar 9 records, as well as one the of the top sellers of the year in the following categories: overall heavy electric, hard rock and shred. Mike has also performed songs from Sonic Stomp at previous NAMM shows and held signings for GHS and Rocktron. In January, he performed daily at the Winter NAMM 2009 show for ZZYZX Snap Jack Cables, Eleca International and Shredneck. He also performed at the Fender Custom Shop Party. He will be a featured performer at the Musikmesse 2009 in Franfurt, Germany for ZZYZX Snap Jack Cables,Shredneck and Eleca International April 1-4.
Mike was also selected as a Top Ten finalist Worldwide for Guitar Player Magazine's Guitar Superstar of the Year 2008 from thousands of passionate guitarists worldwide. Since being selected, he has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine several times and is very proud to be associated with Guitar Player Magazine..
Mike also owns his own recording studio, Sonic Stomp Studios, where he handles everything from engineering to mixing, to producing and mastering. All this can be heard on his debut CD, Sonic Stomp and the soon to be released Sonic Stomp II.
February 2009 Guitar Solo
Top 10 in Hard Rock Videos, September 2010
January 2009 Rock Instrumental
by The last contestant, Mike Orlando of Staten Island, N. Y., is a shredding machine, going faster and faster, the notes coming at a pace impossible to comprehend, building and building toward...
by To say that Mike`s playing is intense is an understatement. He manages to showcase his monstrous technique, great command and killer chops in the context of cool tunes and does it all with a really...
by This album is pretty darn amazing both technically and musically blending styles together to create a monster of a rock shred album. ……..Phenomenal speed…bucket loads of melody…great emotional...
by Mike Orlando plays with the speed of lightning!..... smooth tracks with great feeling! He is a great discovery!
by this is one of those discs that has to be played over and over again,only to astound everytime... -Orlando's greatness lies in his ability to stupify.... -the soul of a bluesman and that of a...
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Tracks like Wheels in motion,Sonic Stomp,Changes and Slam leaves you with your mouth wide opened...Game Over is another remarkable song... -Tremendous impossible amount of licks at the speed of...
by After watching G-3 live in Japan all last week, then reviewing this record this week, one thing became abundantly clear. This man should be the next third guitarist standing with Satriani and Vai!"...
by That’s it. I quit guitar. There is just no way possible I can catch up to the technical ability of Mike Orlando in this lifetime. Good thing I believe in GuitarPlayerZen reincarnation and will be...
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by Mike's an amazing player and writer, and his album rules. I'm not just saying that because we went to High School together. Or because I'm on the CD. Mike's an amazing player and writer, and his...
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Michael has made the most extreme guitar album since Jason Becker’s Perpetual Burn….. …..his death defying runs and techniques take his compositions into the next universe…. …..should be the next...