"Joe Matera is a great guitarist , he knows what an electric guitar should sound like and plays a fluid pleasing style of rock" - Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music)

"....one of the most melodic and stylish guitarists I've heard" - Steve Harley (Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel)

“Joe Matera has an outstanding talent in using his words and his voice to reach his fan base right where it belongs. …in the Heart!” - Holger Hoffmann, Radio Henstedt-Ulzburg, Media Promotion for 'Wings & Wheels', Germany.

“…[songs] containing a lot of heart, honesty and authenticity" – Rock It! Magazine (Germany)

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Having recently completed his 'Now And Then Acoustic European Tour 2016' in July-August, the rest of 2016 sees Joe performing a number of Australian shows. See Tour page for dates and details.


Netherlands based RVPrecords are pleased to announce the signing of Australian singer/songwriter and guitarist Joe Matera to their artist roster. This is the first international signing for the Dutch label and a milestone in the evolution of the label.

RVPrecords CEO Twan Bakker says: ”Joe Matera will fit in well with my roster of other bands and artists. He is a hard worker doing the best he can to get his music and passion out there. I appreciate that in musicians and that deserves support.”

“I’m excited to become part of the RVPrecords family” concurs Matera. “The label is a forward thinking 21st century label who put the artists and the music first. Their passion, support and belief in their artists, is unparalleled.”. RVPrecords will issue ‘Now And Then’ - an album that collects 13 choice cuts from Joe Matera spanning his entire back catalog - on February, 1, 2016. To purchase your copy of 'Now And Then' click on the album cover below which will take you to the RVPrecords online store.

The 'Louder Than Words European Tour 2015' was successfully undertaken and completed in June-July, 2015. The tour saw live shows performed throughout Austria, Netherlands and Germany, and culminating in Joe performing the biggest show of his career thus far; an all acoustic solo set on the main stage at the huge 'Wheels & Wings Festival' in Heist, Germany on July 4, 2015.

For Australian rocker Joe Matera, 'Louder Than Words', makes it clear from the outset that he has moved on both musically and lyrically. Words have now gathered and drifted in top position on half of the songs, now carrying darker, headier themes that seem fittingly in sync with the times we find ourselves living through.
Take Joe's brief and precocious opener, 'Intro 1V'. Just a morsel, really, but one that offers hints of Nine Inch Nails and elements of Germanic angst. Not a strain that has featured too heavily in Joe's previous outings.
The darkness floods through the preceding single and title song.   Thumping slowly through a rhythmic, a song of self-analysis, ironically suggesting that images, symbols and, I guess, sounds can speak louder to the soul that words.  Within the context of this album, with its array of lyrical themes, a lovely juxtaposition.
Throughout the nine tracks, there remains one constant. I refer to my opening statement. Today's Joe Matera sound is a gargantuan, grey, rolling tank, softened beautifully by the cushion of production.  On top of this gentle darkness sit both lyrics and melodies that, in place, evoke the most unlikely genres. Take 'Movin’ On', slotting neatly in place here is a most unexpected hint of ‘80s pop...that bright, brash, courageously unpretentious glare that gave us such glorious lightness. A song that, indeed, flits between the black and the white.
And that is the key to the entire album, really. A truly unexpected place where eclecticism marries traditional tendencies. In an age when simplistic genre template artists remain depressingly in place, here is an album of the guitar, the voice and other machines. – Mick Middles
Louder Than Words is released via W.A.R Productions (Europe) & Mercury Fire Music (Australia) in July, 2015. Joe will be embarking on the 'Louder Than Words' European Tour in June-July, 2015 in support of the new album.
'Terra Firma' European Tour May, 2014
Joe embarked on an extensive and successful European Tour in May, 2014, that saw him perform 11 headlining shows in Austria, Czech Rep., Germany, Poland and The Netherlands. For full tour details see Tour page and for photos from the tour, see Photos. In June, 2014, 'Tell Me Why' was released as single to radio and is currently garnering airplay on European radio. The track comes off Joe's latest album 'Terra Firma' and is the 2nd track from the album to be released as a single. See the promo video below.
"Fertile instrumental soundscapes wrought from seismic frettery, alongside three vocal outings that bring an extra dimension to Joe’s enterprising output" - ('TERRA FIRMA' album review, Guitar & Bass magazine, UK, Feb. 2014)

Following on from his critically acclaimed 2012 album, ‘Creature Of Habit’, Australian guitar hero, Joe Matera, releases a new set, ‘Terra Firma’, via W.A.R Productions, in Europe in January, 2014.

The new album - Joe's second full-length studio album - features nine new songs built from a tumultuous year for Joe, in which he has enjoyed tremendous international success with his album ‘Creature Of Habit’, the accompanying single, ‘Fallen Angel’ and his first European Tour in September, 2012 as well as having to face a double family tragedy.The roots of ‘Terra Firma’ stretch from this highly emotional period and the resultant song-writing display greater depth, maturity and emotive resonance than his previous work.

Joe – whose reputation is principally as a creator of guitar driven instrumentals – has also responded to calls from his fans to add more vocals in the wake of ‘Fallen Angel’ and two new songs on the collection, ‘Shining Star’ and ‘Tell Me Why’ feature his voice and new lyrical twists.

‘Shining Star’ is the lead-off single and two versions of the song are found on the album. The ‘single’ version is a no-holds-barred full band rock attack that features a guest appearance from The Sweet’s Pete Lincoln, on bass. In addition, there is a relaxed ‘acoustic’ version also featuring Lincoln alongside another of Joe’s great friends, Smokie’s Martin Bullard on keyboards.

Joe will be heavily promoting the album in May, 2014 during a ‘European Terra Firma tour’ which will include shows in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.

'Fallen Angel' was released as a European only CD single via W.A.R Productions in January, 2013. The single remains a favorite with European radio, garnering radio airplay and much support in Germany, Austria, England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Mauritius & France. Hear and view the track below.


Instrumental melodic rock fans will be rejoicing this September as renowned guitarist Joe Matera unleashes his new album Creature Of Habit on the world. The Australian native has built up a fine body of work to date and this may well be his best yet.

Following in the tradition of fellow instrumental artists such as Joe Satriani, Matera has added a vocal track to the album as well as the eleven instrumental numbers (9 plus 3 bonus) on offer here, adding a new dimension to his work, which fans will savour. 'Fallen Angel' is one such highlight, acting as a perfect showcase for Joe's vocal ability, alongside his instrumental/guitar work. Other tracks include 'Slide', 'Endless Summer', Brave New World' and 'Outland'.

Backing up Matera on Creature Of Habit are American drummer James Strickler (Angelic Rage) handling drumming duties (as well as bass on several tracks), and Tony Dolan (Venom, MPire of Evil) on bass on three tracks.

Matera is also joined by a few guests, The Angels’ Rick Brewster, Smokie’s Mick McConnell – both who appeared on Matera’s 2011 EP 'Slave To The Fingers’ which received glowing reviews across the globe, make a welcome return, again making a guest guitar solo contribution on one track a piece. (Brewster on ‘No Way!’ and McConnell on 'Outland') as well as Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, The Color Fred, Terrible Things) who contributes a stunning guitar solo on 'Endless Summer.'
A much admired artist and former esteemed music journalist, Matera is a man of many talents, Creature Of Habit easily highlights just how much his music means to him and how dedicated he is to producing the best album he can.
2011 has turned out to be quite a big year for Australian rock guitarist Joe Matera. Both his solo instrumental single ‘Face Off’ and his guest solo spot on UK metal legends Atomkraft’s ‘Cold Sweat’ release, brought Matera’s highly energetic, melodic and tasteful guitar playing to a wider international audience. Taking note of Matera’s guitar prowess was European based label W.A.R Productions whom quickly signed Matera to a deal which sees Matera’s new all electric solo instrumental EP Slave To The Fingers receiving a European CD release.
Slave To The Fingers features four brand new studio tracks, all showcasing Matera’s six string talents at its best. The EP begins in bombastic fashion with a brief balls to the wall rocking interlude before Matera’s tasteful melodic playing takes center stage on the title track ‘Slave To The Fingers’. Underscored by some eclectic styling, the track also features a special guest appearance by guitarist Mick McConnell from legendary rock band Smokie who contributes a breathtaking guitar solo on the track.

Next up is ‘Cruise Control’, which leads the charge as the EP’s first single and is a soaring melodious affair, peppered by harmony guitars and a spirit recalling the halcyon days of 1970’s classic guitar rock. ‘Out Of The Blue’ shifts things into overdrive, with Matera’s harder rocking elements coming to the fore, for an all out sonic ear assault before ‘Face Off’, Matera’s first all electric instrumental single from earlier this year, and here being issued for the first time on CD, closes the EP majestically. The tight, rocking rhythm section backing Matera on Slave To The Fingers is comprised of Englishman Tony ‘Demolition’ Dolan (Venom, Atomkraft) on bass and American James Strickler (Angellic Rage) on drums.
Slave To The Fingers is officially released November 28th through W.A.R Productions (Europe) and Mercury Fire Music (Australia)
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