by MythofRock

Emerging artist Pete Rafael is set to captivate music enthusiasts worldwide with the release of his debut album, “Elysian Citadel”. Produced by Bob Katsionis, known for his exceptional work with renowned bands such as Firewind, Outloud, Serious Black, Warrior Path and more, this album promises to thrill all fans of guitar-driven melodic prog-metal! Enveloped in a melodic and progressive soundscape of 11 brand new compositions, “Elysian Citadel” showcases Pete Rafael’s talent as a guitarist and composer. With awe-inspiring intensity and flawless execution, he delivers a collection of tracks that seamlessly blend elements from his favorite guitarists like John Petrucci, Zakk Wylde, Michaell Amott, Marty Friedman and Jeff Loomis. The line-up for “Elysian Citadel” were Pete Rafael (songwriting and guitars) and Bob Katsionis (drums, bass and keyboards). Female vocal powerhouse Jo Kotrotsou (Bad Habits) sang “Ecstasy of Love” and underground legend Rusty Cooley performed a guest solo on “Warrior Within”. The album was mixed and mastered by the legendary Fredrik Nordstrom at Fredman Studios. Pete Rafael and Bob Katsionis have birthed an album that is drawing inspiration from their shared musical influences and experiences and bands like Dream Theater, Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Firewind and such, combining intricate guitar riffs, and captivating melodies with a progressive, technical edge. Reflecting on the album’s creation, Pete Rafael expressed his excitement: “Working with Bob has been a dream come true. His expertise and guidance have allowed me to unleash my creativity and create something truly special. ‘Elysian Citadel’ is a representation of my musical journey, and I can’t wait to share this experience with the world.” Bob Katsionis, an accomplished musician and respected producer, had this to say about the collaboration, “Pete’s talent is undeniable, and it has been a privilege to work with such an exceptional artist. ‘Elysian Citadel’ is a testament to his exceptional guitar skills and unique musical vision. Together, we have created a very strong album that blends everything we asked from our favorite bands.” Pete Rafael’s album “Elysian Citadel” will be available for streaming and purchase on all major digital platforms and is set for a February 2nd, 2024 release. Don’t miss your chance to experience Pete Rafael’s debut album, “Elysian Citadel.” Prepare to embark on an enthralling sonic voyage like no other.



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