Holmes and Slice is the newest, and quite possibly the only 4-piece instrumental group of its kind. Combining traditional classical melodies and arrangements infused with rock, metal and blues, Holmes and Slice create a sound that stimulates the mind and captures the imagination. The debut album, entitled "The Adventure Begins..", has 11 tracks that span the music spectrum. Whether a full-on shred attack or a traditional AOR styling, this record has something for every fan of music. Several songs also have amazing multi-media licensing potential for soundtracks.
Holmes and Slice is led by guitarist Rick Renstrom who is well known for his solo album, "Until The Bitter End", Leash Law's "Dogface", and as touring\recording guitarist for the legendary vocalist Rob Rock. Rick's video for "The Fire Within" from his solo album, "Until The Bitter End", has reached over 250,000 views worldwide. Rick has been on hiatus for the last 5 years and this new group marks the triumphant return of his sought-after guitar mastery. Holmes and Slice is not a solo project for Rick, but a full-fledged band that stands ready to take instrumental rock and metal to the next level.
Holmes and Slice features bassist Rich Marks. His amazing style and ability to match Rick on the some of the fastest leads is unprecedented. Several tracks feature incredibly melodic bass solos that showcase Rich impressive abilities and leave no doubt that bass can shred as well! It must be heard to be believed. There are few players like Rich, and his debut with Holmes and Slice will not only welcome him to the world, but also cement his name in history as one of the greats.
On Keyboards is the Italian virtuoso, Maestro Mistheria. He is well known from his many solo albums and appearances with Rob Rock and Bruce Dickinson. His style and sound are like no other and his technical abilities are unmatched. Mistheria and Rick are no strangers, as they have worked together on many occasions, creating timeless music and dueling shred battles. The addition of Mistheria's keyboard wizardry furthers the sound and vision of Holmes and Slice, allowing them to explore new musical landscapes.
With a line-up such as this, Holmes and Slice would not be able to settle for just any drummer. The person sitting behind the kit could only be the best of the best. This challenge has been definitively answered by drumming legend Atma Anur. Atma is well known for playing alongside many of the world's greatest guitarists, such as Macalpine, Becker, Friedman, Howe, and Kotzen. His amazing sense of style, flair, and precision make him the perfect fit for Holmes and Slice.