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Finnish Guitarist Elmo Karjalainen To Release New Record, Entitled “Age of Heroes”.

Critically acclaimed Finnish guitarist Elmo Karjalainen is set to release his new record, entitled “Age of Heroes”. The album features 15 new original songs featuring Elmo’s unique style of playing in various genres. The album also features guest appearances from keyboard legend Derek Sherinian, whose CV reads like a who’s who of rock and metal, guitarist extraordinaire Mattias IA Eklundh, and the winners of Yngwie Malmsteen’s Guitar Gods competition, Janne Nieminen and Emil Pohjalainen. The release date is on February 3, 2017.

 Turku, Finland. January, 2017 – Guitarist Elmo Karjalainen, whose previous solo albums, “Unintelligent Designs” and “The Free Guitar Album” received much praise from critics, is set to release his third electric solo album, entitled “Age of Heroes” on February 3, 2017.

“Age of Heroes” will feature 15 brand new instrumental songs by Elmo in a variety of styles, but with a focus on rock. The album features appearances from Derek Sherinian (ex Dream Theater member who has also played with Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper and Joe Bonamassa, to name a few), Mattias IA Eklundh (of Freak Kitchen), and Janne Nieminen and Emil Pohjalainen, a pair of Finnish guitarists who won the Guitar Gods competition in 2016, which was organized by Yngwie Malmsteen and his wife April.   

“It’s unashamed shreddy guitar playing, but it’s at times funny, playful and weird, but it’s always played with feeling. To emphasise feeling not much editing was done, and there are quite a few mistakes on the record. Personally I’m drawn more towards players who play with passion, players who move me, rather than to people who sound like sequencers”, says Elmo. The album is available for pre-order at: (includes two songs that you can listen to straight away).


Track list:

1. Warm Welcome

2. How Can Less Be More

3. The Colour of Greed

4. Chikken Noodul

5. A Fertile Discussion

6. The Grassy Gnoll

7. Blue Eyes

8. Party Political Speech

9. Age of Heroes

10. A Meeting of the Gods (And This Guy)

11. Sunset

12. Return of the Silly English Person

13. Falling for Falafels

14. Lost In a Foreign Scale

15. Three Days of Peace

16. Limiting Rationality

17. Breathe

Two of the tracks on the album are spoken interludes, and don’t really count as songs.

“Age of Heroes” features Elmo’s unique playing, which has been compared by people to everyone from Steve Vai to Jeff Beck, both of whom Elmo cites as major influences. He also aims to raise a few smiles with a bit of humour here and there, so this is not just an album of shred played with a serious face.    

 Elmo Karjalainen is a Finnish guitar player who plays in such bands as Kilpi, Conquest, Seagrave and Helena & Kalevi. He has also released two critically acclaimed instrumental album under his own name, called “Unintelligent Designs” and “The Free Guitar Album”, and an instrumental digital EP, called “Unintelligent Leftovers”. In addition to this he has released an acoustic album, called “Where We Belong”. Elmo has won the 2015 Finnish “Tilu & Lilu” shred championship, and finished as a runner up in Yngwie Malmsteen’s Guitar Gods competition and as a runner up in Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory competition.




Contact Information:

Elmo Karjalainen

Luolavuorentie 50 A 4

20720 Turku


Phone: +358 407062139


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