Rick Renstrom
At the age of fifteen, after seeing Yngwie on a TV special, Rick decided to start playing guitar. By the time he was sixteen, he was attending the University of Akron majoring in music, playing with his band Shattered Innocence 3-4 nights a week, and still in high school. Rick studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, theory, composition and overall musicianship. Rick has also played in Rob Rock, China Blue, Bastille, Metal Wolf and Wicked Ways.

Until the Bitter End Rick Renstrom - Until the Bitter End (Thrashcorner Records) 2003

1. "Moment of Impact" [instrumental] (3:35)
2. "Until the Bitter End" [instrumental] (4:11)
3. "Calling on Vengeance" (4:14)
4. "Kingdom for Ransom" (4:07)
5. "Symphony #40" [instrumental] (3:59)
6. "Victim's Paradise" (5:17)
7. "Opus Lix" [instrumental] ( 4:52)
8. "The King" (4:38)
9. "Towers of Babylon" (4:28)
10. "The Fire Within" [instrumental] (4:48)
11. "Destiny's Call" [instrumental] (5:27)

"Until the Bitter End" is Rick Renstrom's first solo CD. Who the heck is Rick Renstrom? I know him best as Rob Rock's guitarist. However, Rick has played in a bunch of other bands as well. Rick's musical influences are Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, Al DiMeola, Andy LaRocque, Ronni Le Tekro, Bach and Mozart. All of those influences come into play here. "Until the Bitter End" is half vocal and half instrumental, six of the 11 tracks are without vocals. The vocalists on this CD are all well know and linclude the likes of Rob Rock (Warrior/Impellitteri), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear/Sinner) & Wade Black (Seven Witches/Crimson Glory). Personally, I much prefer the vocals tracks to the instrumentals, however, the instrumentals are good as well. For the most part I would describe the music here as neoclassical heavy metal with classical influences as well as a foundation of traditional heavy metal. One interesting this about Rick is that he had been born with malformed arms and hands, but he plays as good, if not better, than the best of 'em. Favorite tracks are the driving "Calling On Vengeance" with Mat Sinner on vocals and "Kingdom For Ransom" with the spectacular Rob Rock on vocals. Of the instrumentals, the Ynqwie-like title track will rip a whole through your walls as well. Other well known guests on the album include drummer Richard Christy (Iced Earth/Death) and bassist Mat Sinner.

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