Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Guitarist Elmo Karjalainen Releases New Record “The Free Guitar Record”

Critically acclaimed Finnish guitarist Elmo Karjalainen has released his new record, entitled “The Free Guitar Record”. The album features 8 new original songs featuring Elmo’s unique style of playing in various styles.

Guitarist Elmo Karjalainen, whose debut solo album “Unintelligent Designs” received much praise from critics, is set to release his second solo album, entitled “The Free Guitar Album”. The digital version of the album will be available at, and it will be free. There will also be a limited CD version featuring alternate takes on three songs.

“The Free Guitar Album” will feature 8 brand new instrumental songs by Elmo in a variety of styles, but with a focus on rock. There will also be a limited edition CD available, which will feature 3 of the songs from the album, but with alternate lead takes. “The whole idea was to give people the chance to listen to a whole record of mine, without having to buy anything, pay for a streaming service, or download off some strange site on the net”, says Elmo. The album will be available exclusively from Elmo’s website,

Born in 1979, Elmo is a guitar player from Finland. He has won some fame as one of the best rock guitar players in Finland due to his work in the Finnish metal band Deathlike Silence, and also with his solo album Unintelligent Designs. Currently Elmo plays in the bands Seagrave and Conquest, and he has recently been touring with the nationally famous band Kilpi.

After the receiving much critical praise for his solo album, Unintelligent Designs, Elmo decided to follow it up with an album called The Free Guitar Album. The album showcases Elmo’s varied, but unique, style which combines technical brilliance with melodic, quirky and sometimes humorous playing. The album is also a bit different in that the digital version is free.

Release date: June 11, 2015

01. Instrumetal
02. Don’t Quit Yer Day Job
03. Clark-San
04. Incontinental Breakfast
05. She Sleeps on the Moon
06. Algorhythm
07. Noises
08. The Gentle Art of Listening
09. The Bolero Unravels (I Come Undone)
10. Relax

The limited edition also features the following songs:
11. Don’t Quit Yer Day Job (alt. solos)
12. Algorhythm (alt. solos)
13. She Sleeps on the Moon (alt. solos)

The Free Guitar Album – Digital Sleeve Notes:

Thank you for downloading “The Free Guitar Album”. I really hope you enjoy it. I would appreciate it if you could email the album to at least three of your friends who might even remotely be interested in this type of music. Doing so would be a huge help to me. If you want to help in other ways, you can also donate money to the cause at (there’s a donate button on the right hand side of the screen), or you can buy the CD version. Above all I want you to enjoy this album. If you received this album from a friend, then please sign up for my newsletter at (you’ll get more free, and exclusive, stuff that way). This album has taken quite some time to make. The period after my previous album, “Unintelligent Designs”, has been a difficult one, at least in a professional sense. “UD” received great reviews, but that doesn’t necessarily mean great album sales. It never did, and it does so even less nowadays. That is especially true if one tries to do everything alone, like I’ve done. Getting one’s music out there is tough. That’s where this album comes in. This record is my response to not making enough money from music to make a living doing it. It costs time and money to make a record. So what do I do? I do the obvious thing. I make a free record. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little collection of notes.

Now, roll the credits:

Christer Karjalainen – drums and percussion on “She Sleeps on the Moon”
Elmo – everything else.

Mixed by Christer Karjalainen and Elmo
Produced by Elmo
Mastered by Sasa Opacic
Artwork by Elmo

Thank you to:
Sanna Johansson, Ella and Katarina Karjalainen, Christer and Maija Karjalainen, Jokke and Lissu Johansson for all the babysitting, Sasa Opacic for everything, Antti Härmä for the Wombat Repeller, Helena & Kalevi, Seagrave, Conquest, Arna and Marcus Pellas, Sven Rogers, Tobias Björkwall, and all my guitar students. Above all, a big thank you to all of my fans! You, and your kind words, make this whole thing worth it.

This is one fantastic instrumental album that sounds better with each subsequent listen and you should grab this great slab of music, you really have nothing to lose....  after all, it's for free.

And if you like this free, which I consider a respectful Jeff Beck tribute album, as much as I do, give something back to Elmo and purchase both "Unintelligent Designs" & "Unintelligent Leftovers", which I have done and not been disappointed either. You can purchase these from here or here.

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