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Exclusive Album Premiere: Artizan — 'Ancestral Energy'

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of Ancestral Energy, the guitar-heavy new album by Artizan. Ancestral Energy will be released May 14 by Pure Steel Records.

Artizan had a surprise hit two years ago with their debut album, Curse of the Artizan. But Ancestral Energy, the band's sophomore release, will surprise listeners. The melody lines are more sophisticated, the arrangements more intense.

The title track even features a guest performance by ex-Iced Earth singer Matt Barlow. The entire album showcases the talents of singer Tom Braden — and the rest of the band.

For more about the band, check out their official website and Facebook page.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.