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Michael Harris


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Michael Harris is an American musician. He cites the influence of his father (a jazz musician) and mother (a classical musician) for his unique style. Michael has also been influenced by many progressive guitarists, composers, & musicians, along with many music pioneers and legends.

Michael formed Arch Rival in the late 80s in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio with Greg Martin & Gary Rigmaiden. After several vocalist changes, the band found their niche in Michigan based vocalist, Steve Snyder, and have since yielded 4 CDs worldwide.

Arch Rival’s line-up :
-Michael Harris – guitar, harmony vocals
-Steve Snyder – lead vocals
-Gary Rigmaiden – bass, harmony vocals
-Greg Martin – drums

Michael formed a heavy metal band, Surgeon in 1995 to perform extreme heavy metal. Surgeon released its sole album, ‘Encyclopedia of the Insane’ (1996).

Surgeon’s line-up :
-Michael Harris – Guitar
-Len Jarrell – Vocals
-Matt Thompson – Drums
-James Martin – Bass

Michael joined up with long time friend, guitarist David T. Chastain and formed Zanister, which created two albums, ‘Symphonica Millenia’ (1999) and ‘Fear No Man’ (2001), and previous to that, Michael and David had teamed up in the band Chastain / Harris, and released “Live Wild and Truly Diminished” in 1992.

Michael has also released 6 solo CDs worldwide: “Defense Mechanizms” (1991), “Ego Decimation Profile” (1996), “Distorted Views” (1999), “Sketches From the Thought Chamber” (2001), “Words Collide” (2003), “Orchestrate” in 2006, and “Tranz-Fused” in 2010.

in 2001, Michael formed his midwest based live band, “THE MICHAEL HARRIS TRANZ-FUSION”, which continues to be Michael’s live band.


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  • niemozliwiak

    Mozart's Ghost!

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • beneath666

    es un genio ''opus conceptus'' una pieza maestra escrita por un dios

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • HelaLunar

    He really deserves more recognition.

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • AstroChilde

    One of the best. far more better than a lot of popular guitarists. never repeats himself, very diverse and technical.

    4 Apr 2010 Reply
  • frag12

    VERY underrated guitarist. Brilliant composer and very technical also. but its the compos that just kill me...A Soul's Torment..The End of Forvever..just leaves you breathless..

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    So grand a guitarist. Brilliant.

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
  • metallicPK

    Underrated and underlistened virtuosso guitarist

    17 Feb 2009 Reply

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