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Andy James Premieres "Made of Stone" Playthrough Video

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Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new playthrough video by guitarist Andy James. The track, "Made of Stone," is from James' new instrumental album, Exodus, which will be released May 5 via Urban Yeti Records.

"It's been a while since I did my last solo album, but the time has come where I've suddenly got a collection of songs that seem to fit together pretty well and thought why not put out another album," James says.

"I don't like to force material, it either comes naturally or it doesn't. However, every so often I get inspired to write some songs and the next album is exactly that, spontaneous inspiration. Some of it is a slightly different vibe for me where other songs encapsulate what I think people associate with my sound and writing style, but as a whole fitted together nicely."

James is one of the most prolific and talented guitarists in today's metal world—yet Exodus isn't your typical shred album; it’s a roller-coaster of emotions, infectious melodies and soul that is always captivating and memorable.

For more proof, check out "Never Back Down" (bottom YouTube player), an Exodus track that was released last month.

Exodus is available now for preorder via iTunes (opens in new tab) and Amazon (opens in new tab).

For more about James, visit andyjamesguitaracademy.com and follow along on Facebook.

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.