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EMIR HOT is a progressive-metal guitarist and composer born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1978.

He showed his first interest in the guitar when he was very young. His first influences were Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton.

He enrolled in the Music School in Tuzla at the age of 10. When her was 12, he started listening to various heavy/rock bands and solo guitarists, instrumentalists and virtuosos. In 1989 he joined HATRED, a thrash metal band from Tuzla.

A couple of years later, even under the chaos and terror of war, he joined another thrash metal band, RETARD. After a couple of personal changes the band was re-named NEON KNIGHTS. They released their only album, "Deserted Land", in 1998. At the time, Emir had the chance to meet bands of the caliber of IRON MAIDEN and DREAM THEATER. But he decided to leave the group soon after.

In 1999, Emir joined SOUTHERN STORM. The outfit released their first album, "1999", in 2002, to the acclaim of the local metal scene. But after realizing the numerous problems the band faced in his country, and how difficult it would be for it to become a major success, Hot left SOUTHERN STORM a few months later.

He enrolled in the Berklee College of Music, Boston (USA) instead. To help finance his studies, he made arrangements for different types of music festivals, gave several guitar workshops, played countless club gigs, helped many bands as a studio musician, led his own private school of guitar and wrote music for the first BiH post-war TV drama "Forgotten Saying."

In 2004, he recorded the split-instrumental album, "Quarterworlds of Fantasia", together with Dean Clea Brkic. The album has not been released yet. Later that year he enrolled in The London Guitar Institute.

In June 2007, Emir graduated at THE GUITAR INSTITUTE and started recording "Sevdah Metal" - his first serious project as a solo artist. The material was written during the university time in London and luckily he got a chance to get some great musicians on the record - John West on Vocals and Mike Terrana on Drums.

"Sevdah Metal" was released in March 2008 to great critical acclaim. Since then Emir Hot has been continuing to build his name as one of the genre's best guitarists.

EMIR HOT plays a very technical and demanding style of epic power metal full of progressive elements in the structures and instrumentations that is a delight for progressive metal listene...
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 Sevdah Metal by HOT, EMIR album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Sevdah Metal
Emir Hot Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Emir Hot is a known and respected guitarist in his own country and with the time pass by he begun to be more well known worldwide. He manage to graduate Berklee musical colage, he sign with major label Lion Music, and aswell release his first solo album under his name in 2008. He got involved in some obscure metal bands from his country in his teens, but this album with the line up showed here make him very dangerous, methaphorical speaking of course. Even is very young in age he pull some very intrsting and solid line up here, big names in progressive metal and music in general like - John West / Vocals and Mike Terrana / Drums among another guest. The music offered is progressive metal with a neo classical attitude here and there, but what makes him more intristing then the usual album or usual aproach to this kind of music, is the combination of the traditional music from these parts of the world, specialy from countries from ex Zugoslavia and evn from mz countrz Romania, the combinatioan of old trad. music with prog metal give him a special stus in this genre. Now, the album was issued in 2008 at Lion Music and is named Sevdah metal, the word sevdah comes from turkish language and in free translation means as booklet show something like amorous yearning or ecstasy of love, so combined with metal implies pasionate metal or something like this, from the heart . Music is ok , even great in places, the guests done a good job here , is even a romanian maestro on violin named Grigoras Dinicu and he is responsable for the piece 8 named Hora martisorului, is in romanian language and is almost imposoble to translate in other language thats whz the piece remains on the album in mz language even is instrumental. Lots of other guests on acordion, on kezboards is Brandon Morris, etc. The music is intristing, specialz on first couple of tunes, progressive metal who relies more on the great voice of John West and fiercy guitar of Hot, other wise is quite ok but nothing more. He gets realy intristing on guitar on the longest piece from here and the best named Sevdah Metal Rhapsody, showing how he can translate on guitar old folklore and done some fantastic arrangements aswell, 12 min of greatness. Overall is more then ok album, has good guitar parts, some very good vocal arrangemnts, druming is great, but to me is only a 3 star album, 3,5 for sure in places, for sure good, but overall something is missing and I can,t put my finger on what is it. Still recommended to prog metal listners to discover some very intristing combination of traditional bosnian, serbian, romanian folklore music with prog metal. Good cover art and , great booklet.
Thanks to The T for the artist addition.

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