My music is a direct result of many hours of practice and many heartbreaks, hard roads, good times, bad times. joys and sorrows. I try to convey that in each song but really I don't think about it when I create my music. It just pours out of my soul into my hands onto the strings and out of my guitar. Its a true labor of love. I will continue this for as long as I am able and hopefully I have created something that will continue on until long after I'm gone. Thank you very much for listening. Started playing back in 1988 when guitar playing was king. Loved all the "Shred" players of that era, my Dad introduced me to the "Blues" and I gained a appreciation for the greats of that genre too. I have many influences and they have all shaped me as a player. love recording and studio work and creating my original music. Feb. 29th 2012 Sumthinfierce records and I released my debut cd and my follow up albums Uprising and Enharmonic Dissonance are available now. I am a Jet city amplification, Sinister guitar picks, Straptight straplocks, George L's cable, Fuchs audio technology, Vengeance guitars, Rick Hanes guitars, Tesla Pickups, ModTone and Morley effects endorser. Also use TC electronics and Digitech effects .
A nice review of "Enharmonic Dissonance" by Tastes Like Rock Magazine.
Mark Claytor delivers some solid guitar driven, mostly instrumental rock on his Enharmonic Dissonance EP. His musicianship through the four songs is impeccable, compositions are methodical without being emotionless, hard without turning into shred metal, and create a narrative even through the songs that are all instrumental. Each song is self contained, but as stated, deliver a story through the notes without the aid of vocals, barring "Imbalance" which does have vocals on top of the instruments. While Claytor does make his own musical identity with his songwriting, there are several call backs in certain melodies and riffs to classic guitar virtuosi such as Vai and Malmsteen; this is not a detractor by any means. Claytor's sound is in the vein of current instrumental guitar rock, but honors the past enough that fans of any era of guitar rock can appreciate his music.
This reviewer would personally like to hear Mark Claytor really cut loose with harder up tempo compositions in the future, not crossing over into shred metal per se, but skirting the line would be fun to hear in Mark's style. It's always awesome to see a musician test their own limits, and I think Claytor could really turn some heads if he floored the pedal and sees what happens.