Awesome instrumental guitar disc by this outstanding axemaster from Illinois featuring 21 tracks of excellent, powerful, dynamic, blues-based, heavy guitar rock riffage that stands tall and defines serious, world-class six string artistry. With the hefty 21 track musical display, the listener gets treated to a colossal array of high-octane, intelligent, killer riffage that lands cerebral = (Riffology). Celebrating his lifetime as a guitarist, Jimmy Ryan has honed all his musical skills for many years in The Flyin’ Ryan Brothers, Truth Squad along with a multitude of other bands & recording projects. On his latest way-kool Grooveyard Records disc, “21st Century Riffology”, Mr. Ryan has landed masterful as an experienced guitar rock veteran displaying a myriad of superb, accomplished fretboard skills. Our good musical brother Jimmy Ryan delivers a mega-kick-ass performance with his super-sonic axework featuring “tightly focused, fully realized bursts of liberated guitar madness”. Jimmy Ryan is a true, legit, old-school total guitar rocker who speaks volumes on the instrument complete with vast amounts of style & class; a modern day guitar slingin’ riffmaster supreme who definitely Keeps The Rock Alive on the impressive “21st Century Riffology” disc. This is an essential instrumental guitar rock musical document; a soundtrack of life that shines brightly and is all about the riffage that matters. Highly recommended to world-wide fans and lovers of top-shelf, classic and authentic heavy guitar rock music.
From The Liner Notes
“Technology has completely changed the way we consume media, especially our music; we now have personal playlists of tens of thousands of songs from thousands of artists delivered through tiny earbuds as an incidental aural backdrop to the hyper-accelerated, digitally saturated reality in which we exist. Mindful immersion into a full-length album with headphones in complete isolation is a quaint throwback to a different age where we actually had time to engage in such activities.
It should come as no surprise that most of our sensory input does not come from the physical reality that surrounds us, but from the media environment that saturates it. As the Information Age rages forward, we’ve gotten used to everything being delivered to us via digitally-encoded, selectively edited packets of information for our endless consumption. This is “The New Normal” and it’s redefining the way we do…and think about…everything.
The music industry has been slow to embrace this new paradigm, where outmoded operational methods are still entrenched, the quest for the hit still dominates, and underlying song architecture is still exactly the same as it’s always been. With tanking sales across all genres, it’s shocking that the industry continues to base its business model on the definition of insanity (doing the same things they’ve always done in the same way they’ve always done them and expecting different results).
This release is an attempt within the genre of instrumental guitar music to consciously shift that outmoded paradigm to one that better reflects what the consumption of music means in the Anthropocene: short, tightly focused, fully realized and highly controlled bursts of guitar madness liberated from the structural constraints of the past. 21 songs in about 50 minutes.
Welcome to 21st Century Riffology, an instrumental guitar rock soundscape that provides a new musical blueprint for a future that desperately needs one.”
– Jimmy Ryan
01. EVENT HORIZON
03. THOR’S HAMMER
10. X FACTOR
11. AD ASTRA
17. RED CLOUD
20. INSIDE AMERICA