Javier Reyes' Mestis Premiere New Album, 'Polysemy' — Exclusive

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of Polysemy, the new album by Mestis, a project fronted by Animals As Leaders guitarist Javier Reyes.

The album, which will be released November 6 via Sumerian Records, showcases Reyes' vast diversity as a guitarist and features a variety of instrumentation and assistance from Animals As Leaders drummer Matt Garstka, Intronaut bassist Joe Lester and CHON's Mario Camarena and Erick Hansel.

“I’ve always wanted to create a style of music that focused on being emotionally exploitive and technically sound, yet simple enough for the average music listener to appreciate," Reyes says.

"Another influence was using the eight-string guitar in a form that is unconventional to the 'trends' or independent of characteristics that are found in music styles/genres that have popularized it. Another and important reason was to create a true form of my own independent voice as an artist, to create music that expressed my personality, upbringing, emotions and musical taste.”

Polysemy is available for preorder via iTunes, Amazon and GooglePlay.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

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.