Mike Orlando is a guitarist/artist that fronts Mike Orlando’s Sonic Stomp instrumental band and has released his debut instrumental CD Sonic Stomp to critical acclaim and will release Sonic Stomp II in 2008. He also plays with Symphony X frontman/vocalist Russell Allen and their writing collaborations will be released on Russell’s 2008 solo album on Frontier Records.
Sonic Stomp is Mike’s debut CD as an instrumental artist. The twelve tracks take the listener from raging over the top guitar playing with sheer finesse and lightening speed to beautiful ballads with great emotional feel and everything in between.
Mike proudly endorses such companies as Floyd Rose, GHS Strings, Rocktron products and Shredneck. He is one of the featured artists on the GHS Strings and Rocktron sites and performs many of the Rocktron audio clips, including the Tri-Wah, Black Cat Moan, The Banshee Talkbox. Cyborg Delay, Cyborg Reverb, and all audio clips for Utopia G100,Utopia G200 and G300 Utopia 300.
Mike Orlando’s Sonic Stomp CD has held the number one slot in multiple categories, as well as one the of the top sellers of the year in the following categories: overall heavy electric, hard rock and shred. Mike has also performed songs from Sonic Stomp at previous NAMM shows and held signings for GHS and Rocktron.
Mike also owns his own recording studio, Sonic Stomp Studios, where he handles everything from engineering to mixing, to producing and mastering. All this can be heard on his debut CD, Sonic Stomp and the soon to be released Sonic Stomp II.
(Matthew Hoffman-Hard Rock Haven)
- After watching G-3 live in Japan all last week, then
reviewing this record this week, one thing became
abundantly clear. This man should be the next third
guitarist standing with Satriani and Vai!
(Ron Thal-Bumblefoot-Guns & Roses)
-"Mike's an amazing player and writer, and his
album rules. I'm not just saying that because we
went to High School together. Or because I'm on
the CD. Mike's an amazing player and writer, and
his album rules. Get it."
(Nick J. Hinton-Virtuosa Magazine-UK)
- Michael has made the most extreme guitar album
since Jason Becker’s Perpetual Burn….. …..his
death defying runs and techniques take his
compositions into the next universe…. …..should be
the next guest on the next G3 tour.
-To say that Mike's playing is intense is an
understatement. He manages to showcase his
monstrous technique, great command and killer
chops in the context of cool tunes and does it all
with a really nice sense of musicality . - Joe Stump
(Johnny Lokke-Live 4 metal)
-He has the flash and speed of Yngwie Malmsteen,
the quirkiness of Steve Vai and the clean, hear-
every-note-played talent of Joe Satriani. Throw it all
together and you get some truly amazing guitar work
that will take your breath away! …..Orlando not only
plays like a genius, He is a wonderful composer as
- This album is pretty darn amazing both technically
and musically blending styles together to create a
monster of a rock shred album. ……..Phenomenal
speed…bucket loads of melody…great emotional
ballads…amazing harmonies & melodies.
(Francios Xavier Fillon-Guitars-Attitude.com)
-Mike Orlando plays with the speed of lightning!…..
smooth tracks with great feeling! He is a great
(Emiliano Carli-Chitarristi.com and Axe Magazine-
-this is one of those discs that has to be played over
and over again, only to astound everytime…
-Orlando's greatness lies in his ability to stupify….
-the soul of a bluesman and that of a shredder co-
(CDK.CL review segments)
Tracks like Wheels in motion,Sonic Stomp,Changes
and Slam leaves you with your mouth wide opened…
Game Over is another remarkable song…
-Tremendous impossible amount of licks at the
speed of light…
-Mike fires pentatonic licks like bullets…Blues
based shredding at it's most extreme and full of
-You can almost smell the smoke as his fret board
-Guitar solos which are as relentless as waves
crashing on the shore..
-Blues style solo which Mike takes into the outer
reaches of planet guitar..
-Mike would be perfect on one of Joe Satriani’s G3
-Stand on the beach look out to sea and Mikes
playing will take you wherever you want to go..
(Andy Craven-Virtuosity One)
-Mike has incredible runs and his backing tracks are
of high standard…. ……Fans of high-octane lead
work that see tremendous right hand picking will
find a lot to enjoy here!
(Chris Ruel-Review Segment(Chris Ruel.com)
-Orlando's fretwork is so stunning at times that it is difficult on the part of the
listener to not get distracted in keeping track of the high level perspectives of
the arrangements while listening to his blazing guitar work.
-It is like a neoclassical, shred Satriani on steroids at warp 10! Aspiring
instrumental rock guitarists, you'll either hang 'em up for good or get real busy
after listening to this album!
-Orlando's high-level perspective on musical arrangement, pull from diverse
influences and styles, and jaw-dropping execution of speedy pyrotechnics sets
him apart from others that dare to run the gauntlet against the established and
recognized rock instrumentalist wizards of the six string fret board.
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