Over the past eight years The Aristocrats – guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS, Hans Zimmer), bassist Bryan Beller(Joe Satriani, Dethklok), and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Steve Hackett) – have released critically acclaimed albums, toured the world, and established themselves as one of the most musically original, refreshingly irreverent, and astoundingly entertaining instrumental rock-fusion acts on the planet. Anyone who’s witnessed their live musical high-wire act – employing random amounts of rock, jazz, pop, metal, and even traditional country – can attest that it is informed by the spirit of a true band, one whose improvisational soul allows for anything to happen onstage at any moment…including the occasional wink and nod at the audience. Perhaps Guthrie Govan said it best when he called The Aristocrats “a rowdy democracy of musicianship.”
AZIOLA CRY is an instrumental progressive metal band from Chicago, Illinois, United States. Consisting of Jason Blake on Warr Guitar, Mike Milaniak on guitar, and Tommy Murray on drums, the trio released their debut album, “Ellipsis”, in 2005, followed by “Ghost Conversations.” 2021 brings the band back and with their most important release yet. Entitled, “The Ironic Divide”, the new album features four songs telling the story of one person’s final descent. Mixed by Steven Gillis at Transient Sound and mastered by Ted Jensen (Lamb of God, Gijora), the forty-eight minute album is the band’s heaviest and most intricate work yet.