"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)
'Terra Firma' European Tour May, 2014Joe 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.
NEW ALBUM 'TERRA FIRMA' OUT ON CD! - JAN. 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.
'CREATURE OF HABIT' – ALBUM PRESS RELEASE - SEPT. 2012
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.
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.
'SLAVE TO THE FINGERS' - EP PRESS RELEASE - NOV. 2011
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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