Gus G. Of Firewind: Guitar Solos Should 'Serve A Purpose'

Firewind recently released its U.S. debut Allegiance and is looking to make a connection with American audiences in the future.

Gus G. Of Firewind: Guitar Solos Should 'Serve A Purpose'
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If there is a guitar hero for today's generation, Gus G. is in the running for the title. While he has already made a name for himself in Japan and his home country of Greece, the United States will now also be getting their own introduction to the 26-year-old guitar virtuoso. He's been associated with several bands over the years (Nightrage, Dream Evil, Mystic Prophecy), but he now devotes himself full-time to Firewind. A hybrid of epic metal and classic hard rock, Firewind recently released its U.S. debut Allegiance and is looking to make a connection with American audiences in the future. Gus G. recently teamed up with Ultimate Guitar in the Betcha Can't Transcribe This contest, which put readers up to the task of transcribing a mind-bending lick from Gus. At the time of the interview with UG writer Amy Kelly, the Firewind guitarist was still awaiting the final results from the contest and wasn't quite sure if the lick he provided was way too simple or an overwhelming challenge for readers. Ultimate Guitar: Thanks for taking time to take part in the Betcha Can't Transcribe This contest with UG. Any word on the submissions yet? Gus: Yeah. I haven't seen any transcriptions, but they've been telling me that there have been hundreds of entries - but very few have actually submitted the transcriptions, other than the first 3 or 4 notes! To be honest, after I heard that I was thinking maybe it's too hard and that I played too fast. Usually I see all these comments on YouTube and all these kids that are smartasses write, Oh yeah, that wasn't that hard. I could play that. So I thought, Okay, maybe I'm playing too simplistic. Maybe for the guitar contest I should do it a little more difficult. I see now that I did it way too difficult! For some people this contest is a huge introduction to your skills as a guitarist. Yeah, that's what it's all about. I think it's a very good idea I understand you went to the NAMM convention in Anaheim to introduce your ESP signature model to the US? We did a signing session with Michael Wilton from Queensryche and Will Adler from Lamb of God. So we did a signing session for an hour and a half, and I was there mainly to display my signature model. Your model has been available for some time now in other countries, correct? Yeah, it was released a couple years ago. It was mainly released in Japan and for the market of Greece and some other European countries. The guitar was doing very well actually. A lot of people loved it and we thought we should do the LTD version, which is the cheaper model. It's probably more affordable. It still has the same specifications and everything, but it will be more affordably priced.
"ESP has a lot of power. You can play a lot of heavy styles."
What kinds of specifications are featured on your model? Just everything from the pickups to the choice of woods - everything. I love the shape very much. ESP suggested that I use the Random Star for my model. Before I was playing this Dimebag Washburn guitar. Since I started becoming popular in Japan, that shape kind of became like a trademark for the fans there. I was just like, I should go with this kind of shape. The difference with the Random Star model is that it's smaller. That's very good for me because I'm a small guy. It fits me perfectly. The rest was just like my choice. We did it in 2 different colors actually for this model. There is black, but so far we're releasing the red guitar here in America. It has a flamed top model, the body. It comes with 22 frets on the fretboard. It uses a flame inlay, original Floyd Rose tremolo, 2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers. I only have 1 volume knob, but the good thing about this is that I have this pickup selector switch, which you get through your sound switch from the humbucker single coil. It's good for the people that want to play a lighter style or more blues stuff. So the sound of the ESP lends itself to many styles? I think so. It has a lot of power. You can play a lot of heavy styles. I'm both a rhythm and lead player, so I want those heavy leads and all the harmonics for the lead because I play high notes as well. But I want everything loud and clear, so you can play all kinds of styles with it, I guess. For people in the US who might not be familiar with Firewind yet, how do you like to describe your band? I would say our band is more like a traditional metal band, something straight from the 80s like Accept, Scorpions, Priest, Sabbath, Metallica, and stuff like that. But obviously there's a lot of cool guitar involved. There are a lot of good solos that are influenced from the golden era of Michael Schenker. That's where it's coming from, the influences at least. The good thing about this record is that there is a lot of variety in it. There are all kinds of songs in there. We have power ballads. We have faster stuff, more speed metal. We have more hard rock type of songs like the single Falling To Pieces. It's more like a contemporary heavy metal style. It has a very traditional flavor to it, but at the same time it's very modern and up to date. That's what we're trying to do, just take the heavy metal from the 80s and 70s and then just transform it freshly with what's up to date. That's what Firewind is all about. After that, there is good musicianship. I think everybody is a good musician in the band. Like Apollo, he's a great singer. There's a shredder keyboard player - not many can play like him! The title track on Allegiance makes an immediate impression both melodically and in terms of your shredding ability. What was the songwriting process like in that track? To be honest, I wrote that song because I wanted to have a really strong opener. I was deliberately making this song a bit more technical than the rest of the songs. We should start by just hitting everybody in the face! Let's make this huge track with a bunch of guitars and bass and everybody. It was just followed by a very typical Rising Force kind of riff but next to a very heavy verse. There's a way usually all these songs come about. It comes usually from jamming on the guitars and coming up with the riffs and the rest just follows. One of the main things that we always pay attention to is we need to have a strong chorus. That's what people are going to want to sing to. He's very strong on the vocals, especially in the chorus. We want all the choruses to really open up and stick in people's mind after one listen. That's refreshing to hear, particularly considering that there are a lot of technically skilled guitar players who forget about the song as a whole. I know! A lot of these guys, their music ends up being backup tracks for them to solo over. That's what I just hate. If you notice, there are a lot of solos on the album here and there, but it's not like you have 185 measure of guitar improvisation. That's not happening. I want the solo to serve a purpose. It's not there just to show that you can play good. You play a solo for a purpose. You need to say something with it. Otherwise, if the song doesn't call for a solo, don't do a solo.
"I would say our band is more like a traditional metal band."
Is it hard to keep yourself in check with the solos considering you're able to do a lot more than the average guitarist? No. To be honest, I have no problem with it. I have like an ego hang-up or something! It's not like, Okay, now I have to shred on this one. It's not like that at all. I'm very happy if we have a really great song - if I listen and I get the goosebumps. That's what matters to me. Then when the solo part comes, then I know that's the measure I need to play and just try my best to make each solo be very special. I try not to repeat myself actually. You've mentioned in the past that Joe Stump was a huge source of inspiration for you. Do you think he helped shape your musical style? Joe obviously is very dedicated to what he's doing. He's doing instrumental music and he loves that Yngwie type of thing. But he's definitely way more extreme. He's much faster than these guys. Playing with him and studying with him was more of a spiritual thing rather than just hearing licks. It was more like I was seeing how he's very dedicated and how he's doing the music he wants to do. Back then, when I met him in '96 or '97, it wasn't cool to play that stuff. It was cool to play with your guitar untuned. But he stuck with it. Now all of the sudden, 10 years later, it's cool to be a guitar hero again or something. Kids are starting to practice again and you see actual guitarists that can play on the covers of guitar magazines! I think that's amazing. For people like me, it's beneficial because, of course, hopefully it will give us a bit more exposure. But it's not like if it wasn't that way we wouldn't do solos. Firewind has been playing this kind of music since 2002, since the first album when this stuff was not really popular. Lately there's also like this power metal revival. Bands like DragonForce, they're opening the market in America for bands like us. It's cool. The most important thing is to do the music you like. You recently toured with DragonForce. Did you and Herman Li ever chat about technique? Everything that he knows he learned from me, to be honest! (laughing) Everything he knows, I taught him. No, me and Herman have been friends for a long time, before DragonForce even released their first album. So that was back in the day when we were bigger than them. So now it's the other way around and we're supporting them, which is very cool. He just gave me a call and he's like, Do you want to join us on the European and UK tour? I was very grateful of that because he just let us play in front of their fans. Because of that we made of loads of new fans. A lot of people that love DragonForce love Firewind as well. They play much more extreme and their tempos are faster on the songs and they're a bit over the top with everything they do. We're more traditional than them. Even though that's going on, I think we have a lot of the same ingredients involved in our music, like those catchy choruses and a lot of interesting guitar in there. So we come from the school more or less, but we do it differently obviously. What do you think of some of the other guitar players on the music scene today? Like Trivium, they are very good players. They are younger than me actually. They're like, what, 19 or 20? It's funny because I went to their tour bus a couple of years ago and they told me that they had been listening to all of my bands. Like they loved what I had done with Nightrage and Firewind. So I was like, Wow, really? You guys actually know about me. They said, Yeah, yeah, yeah. We love your albums, man. So even though the bands that I played with never really broke big in America or something, apparently some of these kids listened to it and they liked it. Maybe they picked up something from it.
"If the song doesn't call for a solo, don't do a solo."
You've worked with several bands over the past few years. How is it working with your current lineup in Firewind? Each band that I played with was a very important part of my career and life, of course. I had a chance to work with different producers and different musicians, and learned a lot from them. I just tried to apply all of that into my own band. I just made the choice of continuing with Firewind because I didn't have the time to play with anybody else anymore. So the band was growing and it's natural, but that doesn't mean that I can follow everybody on full tours and recording sessions. To release 4 albums per year, it's not possible anymore. Firewind needed a bit more attention and that's why I chose to do that. We're like a family know, not just like a group of friends. It's a family. We've been together on the road, we've done the album together. Out of all lineups in the past, it's been the best one. We say, We're either going to do it with this lineup, the 5 of us, or not. That's what we said. We're going to continue no matter what. What goes through your mind when you listen to all the records you've done in the past? Actually I can hear that I've been getting better and better as a player and as a songwriter. I can hear actually the determinations that I had from album to album to become better. We've had lots of problems in the past with lineup changes, and I can hear how determined I was to make every album better than the other ones and surpass it. Just we should leave all this shit behind and just move on. If somebody left the band for whatever reason or it was bad blood, we've got to make it better next time. It's admirable that you can leave those kind of feelings behind. Some people get hung up on personal issues. To be honest, my hero for this types of changes - you know who it is? It's Tony Iommi. Yes, because he's been through the same with Black Sabbath. There was a point where they were changing a lot of lineups. But it's still Black Sabbath and they managed to make great albums throughout all those years. And I must tell you that I'm a big fan of the Tony Martin era, and that's not such a famous era of Black Sabbath. Like the early 90s or early 80s, they did some really good albums with Tony Martin and, of course, with Dio. So for me, it's not always the Ozzy period. What advice would you give to guitarists who are just beginning to play? Well obviously, playing well involves a lot of practice. I always tell them, Listen to your favorite guitar players. Listen to the records and try to pick up the stuff you like. Keep what you like and throw the rest. Just try to incorporate it into your own style. Don't try to copy anybody. Of course, you are eventually going to remind somebody else. But if you have your own personal stamp on your music, then nobody can take that away. It's not something that comes with one album. It takes a while, you know? Nobody was born the perfect songwriting or player. So you just need to keep working at your song style and just do what you want to do. How old were you when you started playing? I was 10.
"We're like a family know, not just like a group of friends."
How much time did you devote each day to practicing? For the first few years, I didn't practice that much. I just wanted to play a lot, but my teacher was limited and I was playing with these classical guitars. It was more like I was learning from one of those schools from the neighborhood. Then when I was 14 my father got me my first electric guitar and I went to a very good teacher. That guy really turned me onto guitar. He really made me interested in what I really wanted to do and inspired me to practice like 8 to 10 hour a day. Yeah, I was practicing very much for a few years. I was practicing all kinds of things. I was practicing the stuff that my school was giving me, like learning how to read, ear training, whatever. Of course, I would do my own research. I would try to put on my favorite albums and pick up my favorite guitar licks, learn how to play rhythm, and all that stuff. But you've got to do your own personal exploring. Do you think learning how to read music is essential? It's good to know what the symbols are so that it doesn't look like Chinese! But my sight reading was way better 10 years ago, I must tell you. Since I started doing my own sound and everything - I have to be honest - I never really needed charts. We would play rock and roll. You would just jam. That's what it is. So I never really had to sit down and write the charts and give it to somebody. Nobody ever passed me a chart. That's when I was in music school. Those days are long gone now. But I mean, I still remember the notes and everything. I know my theory and harmony, all my scales, all my modes, all that stuff. I try not to think about it, to be honest. I try to play from my heart and just create what I feel. Good luck with your upcoming dates. In the meantime, I can't wait to see who wins the Bet You Can't Transcribe This contest! Yeah! Me, too! I'm really anxious about that! Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2007

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    N_I_N-621
    Gus G is a horrible guitarist, I don't get why everyone praises him so much. I saw an online vid of him jamming with George Lynch, and these two other Japanese guitarists and he was downright HORRIBLE. His solos were bland, not to mention he paled in comparison when it came to speed/technicality. Purpose and Feel should not be used as an excuse for mediocrity.
    LambofMike
    Firewind is a hell of alot better than Dragonforce and Gus G is way cooler than Herman lee. nuff said
    N_I_N-621
    Wolfs_Hour wrote: i saw many comments about Dragonforce..and i think Dragonforce is crap..nothing but the same thing over and over agian except in valley of the damned..they're boring in my opinion..Firewind is amazing too..but the kings of power metal are by far Blind Guardian..they cant be touched
    I don't necessarily think Dragonforce is crap, but they do get way too much credit than is due to them. And amen to Blind Guardian, they are gods!
    Metal Man Kam
    I first heard of Firewind when Gus had that contest to tab out his insane lick. As soon as I looked at the video and his kickass guitar I looked them up and downloaded the discography. They are one of my favorite bands of all time. I wish I had the money to buy his signature guitar but I'm not that lucky. Firewind really needs to come to the US sometime. Preferrably Oregon. Dragonforce is kinda eh and they need a new singer. And all their songs sound the same. The riffs are so high pitch and played so fast, its not really music. It's like Herman and Sam are on cocaine before recording and they can't stop their fingers or sumthin lol. It's not really music. They just try to play as fast as they can, and then put the other instruments with it and have some gay singer dance in front of them with his womanly vocals. Firewind is all original, and everything Gus has said about his band is 100% accurate. When I first heard them, I thought they were really 80's, then I looked them up and saw that they are pretty recent. The riffs are amazing. My favorite cd is most definitely Between Heaven and Hell. I'm a developing guitarist and I can play the beginning riffs of Between Heaven and Hell, Warrior, and Insanity. I showed all of my friends some Firewind and they grew attached instantly. I love how Gus isn't an egotistical pig like some other guitarists out there. He doesnt give himself as much credit as he deserves. He is by far the best guitarist I've ever seen. I think Gus G. and Glenn Tipton are the best guitarist in the world, by far. EVH should bow to Gus. Even the legendary Dimebag(R.I.P.) wasn't as good as Gus. When I read this article, I was amazed to see that Trivium listens to Firewind and that Heafy and Beaulieu look up to him. Gus is AMAZING!!! Holy sh*t this is a really long post lol.
    Paroxysm
    Nightrage and Dream Evil I owned CDs of; better check out Firewind too.
    seek_&_destroy
    i love his tone. and how he doesn't always shred his ass off, like a mix between old age soloing (ie comfortable numb) with modern superfast shred
    KingSquall802
    Kostas Karamitroudis. is Gus G's real name. kinda different. Firewind is better than Dragonforce. Dragonforce only has Speed but not music.
    geetarguy92
    N_I_N-621 wrote: Kiko Loureiro owns them all. Period.
    No actually Larry Carlton owns them all..
    ilovemySG
    GimmeToro wrote: codybc1991 wrote: Dragonforce sucks so does Firewind wat the hell is a firewind anyway? ^owned A firewind is a person who says a band "sucks" because the people in that band are better that person is or ever will be.
    N_I_N-621
    geetarguy92 wrote: N_I_N-621 wrote: Kiko Loureiro owns them all. Period. No actually Larry Carlton owns them all..
    thats what she said.
    ilovemySG
    ilovemySG wrote: GimmeToro wrote: codybc1991 wrote: Dragonforce sucks so does Firewind wat the hell is a firewind anyway? A firewind is a person who says a band "sucks" because the people in that band are better that person is or ever will be.
    that owned was supposed to be here hahaha
    ilovemySG
    Zakk had his time already... i really dont't believe bls is gunna burst out. did anybody know that Zakk was a country boy before ozzy sucked him into metal? (good thing though:])
    jfaulkn2
    I think Zakk Wylde gets too much credit. Clearly, the writers at Guitar World, think he's the second coming. But, I haven't heard him do anything that sounds innovative. Dimebag was better than Zakk. Wylde, to me, just plays covers, everything sounds like it's already been done. Plus, emo kids are bitches, but you don't give some of the "punkers" due credit. Rancid? Those were some pretty hard-core guys, and you've heard the bass solo on "Maxwell Murder." Black Flag? NOFX? Anyway, punk used to be about something substantial, but it doesn't have much to say anymore. Only a few bands like Against Me! and Anti-Flag really carry the torch anymore.
    \m/(--_--)\m/
    Firewind is an excellent band to blare out of your car when your barreling down the street. So is Black Label Society. Nothing like the gritty crunch of Zakk's vocals to make the emo's cry and the punkers run screaming to their moms.
    jfaulkn2
    Gus G. is the guitar hero for this generation? I think that's a stretch. I listened to firewind, although I never listened to any of Gus's old stuff. It wasn't anything special. If you're looking for real guitar heros, what about Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom or the guys from Meshuggah; these selections would be for you metal heads. What about Omar from the Mars Volta, he has a rather distinct rhythm/lead style with riffs that will turn your brains inside out. At the sake of being called a pussy, what about John Mayer, three albums that hit Billboard charts, not to mention live collaborations with Double Trouble, Buddy Guy and T-Bone Burnett. What about John the Barber from Disco Biscuits, he could play circles around Gus, and he would do it for 4 hours straight. Personally, I think Dave Knudson of Minus The Bear is as innovative as they come. He rocked super heavy with Botch(has anyone heard the whammy bar solo?) and reinvented two-hand tapping with Minus The Bear. Rock is Dead, so don't be so eager to label every Dio throwback the next big thing in guitar music.
    pissonemo
    jfaulkn2 wrote: Gus G. is the guitar hero for this generation? I think that's a stretch. I listened to firewind, although I never listened to any of Gus's old stuff. It wasn't anything special. If you're looking for real guitar heros, what about Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom or the guys from Meshuggah; these selections would be for you metal heads. What about Omar from the Mars Volta, he has a rather distinct rhythm/lead style with riffs that will turn your brains inside out. At the sake of being called a pussy, what about John Mayer, three albums that hit Billboard charts, not to mention live collaborations with Double Trouble, Buddy Guy and T-Bone Burnett. What about John the Barber from Disco Biscuits, he could play circles around Gus, and he would do it for 4 hours straight. Personally, I think Dave Knudson of Minus The Bear is as innovative as they come. He rocked super heavy with Botch(has anyone heard the whammy bar solo?) and reinvented two-hand tapping with Minus The Bear. Rock is Dead, so don't be so eager to label every Dio throwback the next big thing in guitar music.
    Alexi laiho is a good guitarist....I'll even admit, he is my favorite guitarist.....but if Gus G were to be nominated as guitarist of the new generation, I wouldn't be surprised at all....he is a VERY good guitar player. Omar from the mars volta admitted in an article in guitar-world that he doesn't even LIKE guitar. and that's just the thing....you probably haven't heard much of Gus G.....listen to the song "Firewind Raging" with the harmonized sweeps.....or "Fire and the Fury".....And best of all Gus doesn't come with an ego..... He's a pretty laid back guy, and really downplay's his own abilities. Can't say the same about herman li...that's for damn sure....
    jfaulkn2
    pissonemo : jfaulkn2 wrote: Gus G. is the guitar hero for this generation? I think that's a stretch. I listened to firewind, although I never listened to any of Gus's old stuff. It wasn't anything special. If you're looking for real guitar heros, what about Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom or the guys from Meshuggah; these selections would be for you metal heads. What about Omar from the Mars Volta, he has a rather distinct rhythm/lead style with riffs that will turn your brains inside out. At the sake of being called a pussy, what about John Mayer, three albums that hit Billboard charts, not to mention live collaborations with Double Trouble, Buddy Guy and T-Bone Burnett. What about John the Barber from Disco Biscuits, he could play circles around Gus, and he would do it for 4 hours straight. Personally, I think Dave Knudson of Minus The Bear is as innovative as they come. He rocked super heavy with Botch(has anyone heard the whammy bar solo?) and reinvented two-hand tapping with Minus The Bear. Rock is Dead, so don't be so eager to label every Dio throwback the next big thing in guitar music. Alexi laiho is a good guitarist....I'll even admit, he is my favorite guitarist.....but if Gus G were to be nominated as guitarist of the new generation, I wouldn't be surprised at all....he is a VERY good guitar player. Omar from the mars volta admitted in an article in guitar-world that he doesn't even LIKE guitar. and that's just the thing....you probably haven't heard much of Gus G.....listen to the song "Firewind Raging" with the harmonized sweeps.....or "Fire and the Fury".....And best of all Gus doesn't come with an ego..... He's a pretty laid back guy, and really downplay's his own abilities. Can't say the same about herman li...that's for damn sure.... POSTED: 02/26/2007 - 06:21 pm / quote | First of all, what difference does it make whether Omar like the guitar or not, have you heard the music he makes? And he ****ing wails away on his guitar for hours at a time onstage. I listened to some dragon force and though it was blisteringly technical, it was cheasy and lacked depth. Anyway, my point was there is no clear winner on the elected guitar hero for a generation, only a varied pool of awesome candidates.
    leeprechaun
    jfaulkn2 : pissonemo : jfaulkn2 wrote: Gus G. is the guitar hero for this generation? I think that's a stretch. I listened to firewind, although I never listened to any of Gus's old stuff. It wasn't anything special. If you're looking for real guitar heros, what about Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom or the guys from Meshuggah; these selections would be for you metal heads. What about Omar from the Mars Volta, he has a rather distinct rhythm/lead style with riffs that will turn your brains inside out. At the sake of being called a pussy, what about John Mayer, three albums that hit Billboard charts, not to mention live collaborations with Double Trouble, Buddy Guy and T-Bone Burnett. What about John the Barber from Disco Biscuits, he could play circles around Gus, and he would do it for 4 hours straight. Personally, I think Dave Knudson of Minus The Bear is as innovative as they come. He rocked super heavy with Botch(has anyone heard the whammy bar solo?) and reinvented two-hand tapping with Minus The Bear. Rock is Dead, so don't be so eager to label every Dio throwback the next big thing in guitar music. Alexi laiho is a good guitarist....I'll even admit, he is my favorite guitarist.....but if Gus G were to be nominated as guitarist of the new generation, I wouldn't be surprised at all....he is a VERY good guitar player. Omar from the mars volta admitted in an article in guitar-world that he doesn't even LIKE guitar. and that's just the thing....you probably haven't heard much of Gus G.....listen to the song "Firewind Raging" with the harmonized sweeps.....or "Fire and the Fury".....And best of all Gus doesn't come with an ego..... He's a pretty laid back guy, and really downplay's his own abilities. Can't say the same about herman li...that's for damn sure.... POSTED: 02/26/2007 - 06:21 pm / quote | First of all, what difference does it make whether Omar like the guitar or not, have you heard the music he makes? And he ****ing wails away on his guitar for hours at a time onstage. I listened to some dragon force and though it was blisteringly technical, it was cheasy and lacked depth. Anyway, my point was there is no clear winner on the elected guitar hero for a generation, only a varied pool of awesome candidates. POSTED: 02/
    .....which include Gus G
    Splif-Burton
    Saw Firewind when they toured with Dragonforce and they ruled. Bothe guitraists working together playing different things, and the other guy playing a guitar and keyboard solo at teh same time was nuts.
    buckethead_jr
    i actually just bought allegiance just yesterday, it's amazing what these guys can do. Especially songs like Oceans and Insanity. Gus G is awesome technically and musically.
    jimbobcook183
    hopefully more people will get into firewind soon and we can get some tabs coming in over their tunes.
    stoubora
    Firewind and Gus G are amazing. I've liked them for over a year now and I went to see them in my home town of Birmingham, UK when they toured in December. They kicked major ass that night. I think everyone who heard them for the first time ever was instantly a fan. I tabbed out that solo note for note almost perfect and even though I'm not a US citizen I submitted my entry because it would be an honour if Gus even just looks at it Go Firewind!!! and go Gus!!
    thrashster
    F*ck man, Firewind is an amazing band, ive introduced alot of people to them and everyone has said good things about them, Gus is one of the best and youngest guitarists. I jsut wished he wast so damn good so people could transcrib more of his Firewind Songs, not to metntion Dream Evil
    LynchMobster
    wow, just checked Allegiance out on iTunes, and wow. i definately gotta buy it. Their singer on this album sounds just like dio. I really liked his stuff in dream evil too, except their lyrics were pretty corny. his work on the DE song Crusader's Anthem is f*cking awesome. Gus rocks
    Acheron95
    Good read, Gus G is a great guitar player and I love the fact that hes more into soloing for the song and not to show off.
    Phill-Rock
    Gus G is definitely one of the best guitarists around at the moment. I cant wait to see where he goes over the next few years.
    KillEmAll
    Firewind are an awesome band, loved them so much at Dragonforce that I bought Allegiance at the gig
    our band rules
    Gus G sounds really nice. I saw him when they supported Dragonforce and he was amazing. Maybe a littlel too much wah wah though...
    metalhead04
    Gus is one of my favorite guitarists right now. I was so sad when I heard he left Dream Evil!!! but The Fire and the Fury is probably my favorite song by him - AWESOME instrumental! I hope they can get more exposure now
    Felkara
    Definately - I also saw him when Firewind was supporting DragonForce - to be honest, they actually played better than the headlining act that night - they seemed to be enjoying it more but to be honest, if you were Sam Trotman, you'd be really peeved if you were 20-something and losing your hair... And Gus is right, their keyboard player is something else - I've never seen anyone else play shred guitar and shred keyboard AT THE SAME TIME!!!!! He also played some lead parts on his keyboard while playing rhythm guitar too - amazing. Gus seems really nice - he seems to downplay his ability quite a bit - it's nice to see that in a guitar god these days.
    SynGates7X
    Firewind is awesome, and Gus G. is awesome. I have a feeling he is going to go a long way.
    KissingShadows
    This guy is just an awesome musician. I love Dream Evil and Firewind, they rock! I want to see him guest on a Dragonforce album, that would be sweet. He does just love that wah pedal though haha!
    GimmeToro
    codybc1991 wrote: Dragonforce sucks so does Firewind wat the hell is a firewind anyway?
    A firewind is a person who says a band "sucks" because the people in that band are better that person is or ever will be.
    FrenchyFungus
    visa wrote: where is this contest anyway? I couldnt find it.
    It's finished now, was in the Contests section.
    PLOP
    I like Firewind more, as they are not OTT like DragonForce. Also, note how cool and down-to-earth Gus is compared to Sam and Herman in interviews. Gus G. is gonna be HUGE one day. He's brilliant.
    NWOBHM2006
    firewind rock, i think gus g might give alexi laiho (Children of Bodom) a run for his money, their playing styles are totally diffrent but they both have AMAZING technique, im jealous, i wish i cud play at least half as well as them. firewind is a mint band and allegiance ROCKS! but i wana see more shredding and fast riffs. lyrics are important and verses too but when u get that super riff that makes your eyes water XD, well nothing better...
    me33
    Personally, I think Gus G. Owns Herman. I think that he has overall more playing ability and a lot more talent than Sam and Herman of Dragonforce combined.
    Yngwie #1
    Firewind is a 1000 times better than Dragonforce. I was going to go to NAMM 2007 this year, but my uncle who's a luthier at the Fender custom shop could'nt give me his badge because even his boss could'nt even get in!!! I love Gus G.'s playing and he's a god in the making, if not already! He was awesome in Dream Evil and even more awesome in Firewind...Wish I could of met him.. Mabye next year I'll get to barrow a badge! Oh, and Blind Guardian IS the best Power Metal and my favorite band.
    vIsIbleNoIsE
    because dragonforce is so freaking technical, you can never really say they just suck...i think they're, eh. but this guy here is awesome, just for the little breakdown part at like 0:30 in Insanity =P