Copyright: Ortega Guitars
Javier Reyes is best known for his 8-string guitar work in his Bands Animal as Leaders and Mestis. Trained in classical guitar, he combines traditional Spanish influences with progressive metal riffing.
Reyes states: “I’ve always wanted to create a style of music that focused on being emotionally exploitive and technically sound, yet simple enough for the average music listener to appreciate. Another influence was using the eight-string guitar in a form that is unconventional to the 'trends' or independent of characteristics that are found in music styles/genres that have popularized it. Another and important reason was to create a true form of my independent voice as an artist. To create music that expressed my personality, upbringing, emotions and musical taste.” (mestismusic.com)
Country: United States
Band: Animal as Leaders, Mestis