Manuel Martinez

the axe


  • Birthday: In Seventies
  • Other Bands: Rare Maiden
  • Former Bands: Naked Idol
  • Musical Influences: Randy Rhoads, Adrian Smith, James Hetfield, Roope Latvala, Yngwie Malmsteen, Wolf Hoffman, Jake E. Lee, Vivian Campbell and many others
  • Favourite Bands: Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Stone, System of A Down, Black Sabbath, Helloween, Dio, Accept, Helloween, Ozzy&Randy, Nightwish, Children of Bodom
  • Favourite Actor/Actress: Ronn Moss and Katherine Kelly Lang
  • Favourite Sport: Ice Hockey
  • Special Interest: Mediterranean weather
  • Gear: Jackson/Charvel guitars, EMG pickups, and Blackstar Series One 100 amplifier

I grew up with hard rock and metal as my elder sister forced me to memorize all the names and masks of the Kiss-members. But when she introduced me to Accept records, something went of in my head and soon a new world opened to me: Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Stone, Black Sabbath, Helloween, Dio, Ozzy and many other great metal band became a huge part of my (musical) life.

My one and only everlasting source of inspiration for playing guitar is Randy Rhoads. He is the very reason I started playing metal . The main riff in Crazy Train was easy enough to encourage me to carry on with more complicated stuff.

In my twenties I decided to put the guitar aside and focus on studies and professional career in media. I never stopped playing, but I was musically inactive for a long time. Some ten years ago I started to practice hard again. I felt that I want to see how far I could go with my playing, but it took a while to find a perfect match to do it.

The first time I heard an Astralion-song was after reading their wanted a member -notice on a local website. The opening track of their debut album, Mysterious & Victorious, made me smile, but the further I went on with the record, the smile turned into a-what-the-fuck-is-this-feeling. I was really blown a way by their music, and I instantly knew that I have to be part of this band.

All the action I have seen around this band so far, has proven me that we have potential to go far. I´m very happy to be a part of this band.


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