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“Tree of Tricks” is our latest free download from hard rock artist Chris Picha! Chris is proud to have released his four song EP Transcendence at the end of September, an EP moulded very much in the style of instrumental progressive rock/metal. Chris’ debut release is laden with infectious melodies that sit on top of heavy, grooving guitar riffs with lush mid-sections that are reminiscent of the art-rock and progressiveness of bands such as Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree. There is also some pretty intense soloing, big sounding drums all in a well put together mix.

While Chris is very much considered a solo artist, he was fortunate enough to work with keyboard wiz Derek Sherinian on all four songs on Transcendence, including three unforgettable solos. Besides lending his keyboarding talents, Sherinian also produced all four songs. If having Sherinian on board wasn’t enough, Chris also had the help of drummer Brian Tichy whose powerful drumming helped take this project to the next level. Tichy has been in the music industry for years, playing with Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Foreigner and Steven Tyler, to name a few. Says Chris, “as the songs developed, it became obvious that what I was really trying to do was to create sort of a transcendent listening experience, hence the title.”