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Mike Campese - The Fire Within 
Author: Medicine Man
Hinzugefügt am: 16.07.2018 12:25


Mike Campese
The Fire Within 
29 June 2018
Band/artist: Mike Campese
Album Title: The Fire Within
Label: Independent
Release Date: 29th June, 2018
Genre: Rock

Track Suggestions:
The Fire Within
Broken Promises
Feed the Flame
All Alone

For Immediate Release

“The Fire Within” is the 10th solo album by virtuoso Guitarist/Composer, Mike Campese.  This 12 song, 50 minute album is Mike’s heaviest album to date.  Each song features, the powerhouse drumming of Patrick Johansson, formally the drummer for Yngwie Malmsteen, of 14 years.  The album consists of 7 instrumentals and 5 vocal tracks.
The album kicks off with the cinematic song, “The Battle of Pompeii", which Mike was inspired to write while on tour of Italy and visited the ruins of Pompeii.  Immediately following is the blistering title track, “The Fire Within”, which features some ferocious guitar work and some of Mike’s finest shredding to date.  “Feed the Flame” is another fast blistering tune, it has some extremely fast classical lines and is one of Mike’s favorite songs to play.  

There may be some serious shredding on this album, but Mike continues to play and write what he calls, “Melodic Shredding”.  

Mike visits his roots with his metal inspired song “Broken Promises”, that has some heavy distorted power chords, with some very haunting melodies.  While Mike is singing, there is some extremely fast lines in between the progressions, with the drums peeling beyond belief at the same time.  Another heavy song is “Desire”, which has some very fast shredding in between the vocals that the metal fans are really going to love.  
 This album has some heavy music on it and there is something for everyone.  There is even a slow beautiful ballad,  titled “All Alone”.  This song has some soaring guitar and vocal melodies, with a very lush arrangement.  Another  great song is, “Lies”, which is a mid tempo tune, with a great groove that features some great vocals and some incredible guitar work by Mike.
Like every album Mike releases, he shows his versatility as a player and writer.  There is some funky tunes on this album, like “Walking Contradiction” and the funky rock, electronic song “Throw it all Away”.   The upbeat instrumentals, “On the Road to Liguria” and “Tuscan Road”, were inspired by Mike driving on the beautiful roads, across Italy.  These songs as well as many others on this album, have some great musical changes that are very unpredictable and will keep you on your toes.
There is even a blues track on this album, “Hana Highway”.   This song was written in Maui, Hawaii and was inspired by driving the Hana Highway, the opposite way.  Mike drove the 64 mile road, with 620 hair pin turns, 59 bridges, which are mostly one lane, while only eating a banana, a bagel and drinking 2 cups of coffee.  This song features some of Mike’s finest blues playing and slide guitar to date.

Mike is very proud of this album and we feel that the Mike Campese fans are going to love it.  The album is available at www.mikecampese.com and all worldwide platforms, such as Amazon, iTunes etc.  Please visit Mike’s website, for more information, contact info, photos, press, song samples and social media links.


Mike Campese is known as a guitar virtuoso, he is an all-around music performer, session artist competent in many musical styles, electric and acoustic.  Mike is a very versatile musician, he writes vocal and instrumental arrangements that he records and performs live.  Mike has been featured and is a lesson writer for many national guitar magazines such as Guitar World, Guitar One and Guitar Player, he has done several full page lessons for these magazines.  Currently, Mike has his own monthly column in Italy’s premier magazine, Axe magazine.  Mike also writes lessons for several online sites such as Guitar9.com, ibreathemusic, Chops From Hell, Shred Academy, Premier Guitar, The Sound Guitar mag and many more. Mike teaches over 60 students a week and is one of the top teachers in the NY area.  He has released 3 instructional DVDs for Chops From Hell, "Virtuoso Rock Fusion Concepts", "Creative Speed-Building Picking Techniques" and "Melodic Shred".
Mike attended one of the worlds top guitar school Musicians institute (GIT) in Hollywood, California and graduated with Honors.  He studied with many great players such as Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Norman Brown, Stanley Jordan, Keith Wyatt and many more.
Mike was a member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and received a Gold record for his work and has appeared on the Jason Becker tribute Cd "Warmth In The Wilderness" on the Lion Music label in Finland, which was a international release.  Mike performed and opened for many national acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen on 3 tours, Michael Schenker, The B-52's, Lou Reed, The members of Yes and Asia, KC and the Sunshine band, Spin Doctors, Little Steven, Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls, Sebastian Bach on 2 tours, Dokken, Kip Winger, Rik Emmett Of Triumph, Lizzy Borden, Vinnie Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Jon Oliva, Geoff Tate of Queensryche, Avatar and many many more.  Mike also performed at the Cruefest 2 show which featured Motley Crue, Godsmack, Drowning Pool, Theory of a Deadman, Rev Theory and more.  Also, Mike is a regular performer at "First Night" in Saratoga Springs, NY on New Year's Eve and he is the first person to ever play along with a fireworks display in Saratoga.

Mike has released 9 solo Cd’s to date and performs locally and nationally. January 2007-2018 Mike played at the NAMM show in Anaheim California for companies he is endorsed with.  This year Mike performed with members of Lady Gaga's band, Public Enemy and Sting.  During the summer of 2013 Mike released his 8th solo record "Chameleon".  This 12 track Cd features some of Mike's best compositions and Mike dials in his versatile writing skills, which he is known for and there is a special guest solo by Vernon Reid of Living Colour.  In the fall of 2013, Mike traveled to Italy to do a Italian guitar clinic tour, that was very successful. Mike's fan base is growing internationally and has appeared on national radio and TV and his music has been used for a Lions Gate movie.  During the summer of 2016, Mike released his 9th solo album, titled “Chapters”.  This 15 track, 67 minute album is mainly all acoustic, with a splash of electric guitar.  The music was written in Italy and Hawaii, during Mike’s journeys and inspiration.  In Spring of 2017, Mike did another tour of Italy, that was very successfull.  Mike will be releasing his 10th solo album, "The Fire Within”, for June 2018 and a European tour will follow as well.  Also, he is endorsed by several national companies, be sure to visit www.mikecampese.com for more info and shows.

CD Track Listing:
1. The Battle of Pompeii
2. The Fire Within
3. Broken Promises
4. On the Road to Liguria
5. All Alone
6. Feed the Flame
7. Desire
8. Throw it all Away
9. Lies
10. Tuscan Road
11. Walking Contradiction
12. Hana Highway