Throughout an impressive
two decades guitarist, singer, songwriter & producer Milan Polak
has played with members of Guns n’ Roses, Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Steve
Vai), Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth), Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), Kip
Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger), Falco and many others. He was featured
in "Guitar for the Practicing Musician" as well as on several CD
samplers of the world’s best guitarists (with the likes of Steve Vai,
Greg Howe and Marty Friedman). His two instrumental albums
"Dreamscapes" and "Guitar Odyssey" received overwhelming praise and
great reviews worldwide and stayed in the top seller charts of Guitar 9
for months. In May 2008 Milan Polak was voted one of the world’s 50
fastest guitarists by "Guitar World Magazine".
With his third vocal album "Scarred To Perfection" (after "Straight" in
2007 and "Murphy's Law" in 2009), Milan Polak demonstrates once again
his skills as a supremely proficient songwriter, singer and
multi-talented musician who pushes aside boundaries to come up with
some real surprises. Featuring guest musicians Kip Winger (Alice
Cooper, Winger), Neil Taylor (Robbie Williams, Tears For Fears), Fabio
Trentini (H-Blockx, Subway To Sally, Guano Apes) and Dennis Leeflang
(Bumblefoot, Lita Ford, Within Temptation), he has created a
hard-hitting and entertaining modern rock album that offers radio-ready
song-writing, catchy melodies and a state-of-the-art production. This
album will not only delight hard rock fans, it will bring contemporary,
honest and sophisticated rock music to a wider audience. One of the
most promising rock albums in recent years is awaiting you!
the new album musically and lyrically?
I think it’s the perfect descendant of my previous albums in terms of
song writing, playing and production. “Scarred To Perfection” features
12 well crafted songs, lots of hooks, some of my best guitar playing,
proggy parts and some great performances by guest musicians. Lyrically
I tried to get even deeper and more personal than on my previous 2
how does it differ
from previous recordings?
The album is less bluesy than “Straight" but at the same time not as
heavy as “Murphy’s Law". It seems to be the next logical step in my
evolution both as a guitarist and singer as well as a composer
What was the goal
with making this album?
The goal was to mature as a song writer and producer. The focus was on
finding the perfect balance between good song writing, virtuosity and
production. I really wanted to create songs that would appeal to both
musicians and the ‘normal’ consumer.
influences towards music or lyric subject?
how long did it
take to make this album?
A lot of time was put into the song writing process. I didn’t want to
make a CD with 12 songs where you have one or two good ones and the
rest is so so just for the sake of releasing a new album. Each song has
a unique story, each song is special. I wrote and recorded all the
demos myself and then sent them to Dennis Leeflang, who recorded the
drums in his studio. Then I just took it from there. I played bass on
most of the songs, then tracked all the guitars, and after that I did
all the vocals. I also spent about 2 weeks finding and adding loops,
keyboard sounds, etc.
I had to relocate in between so all in all it took about 2 years.
what have the
different musicians contributed to the result?
Dennis Leeflang and I had already worked together on my song “End Of
Time” which I wrote for the “Embrace The Sun” Japan Benefit album
released by Lion Music. He really has a musical feel for my
compositions and so there was little need for explanation. I think the
album features some of his best playing.
Fabio Trentini and I have been working together for so many years and
on so many different projects. So needless to say we know each other
well and he always adds that little extra touch.
Kip Winger and I have been friends for many years. We played a few
shows together, and he also played bass on my Japan Benefit song “End
Of Time”. He is a great musician and composer, and always takes my
songs to the next level. It’s always an honor to work with him.
Neil Taylor is one of the top UK session guitarists. His approach is
completely different to mine, and so I thought it would be nice to have
him play a guest solo on my album.
Milan Polak - lead & backing vocals, acoustic & electric
guitars, bass, keyboards & loops
Dennis Leeflang - drums
Fabio Trentini - bass on “Scarred To Perfection”, “Karma” and
“Rainbow”, electric sitar on “Karma"
Kip Winger - bass on “You & I"
Neil Taylor - guitar solo on “Rainbow”
production and recording credits:
All songs written & arranged by Milan Polak
Produced by Milan Polak (except “Rainbow”, co-produced by Fabio
Recorded at Nice Noize Studios VI, Europe
Engineered by Milan Polak & Fabio Trentini
All drums recorded & engineered by Dennis Leeflang at The Crash
Pad, NJ, USA (www.dennisleeflang.com)
Mixed & mastered by Fabio Trentini at FabLabs, Europe
Lars Elfendahl at YAMAHA Music Central Europe
01) This Time
02) No Compromise
03) The Last Goodbye
05) Scarred To Perfection (feat. Fabio Trentini)
06) Rainbow (feat. Neil Taylor & Fabio Trentini)
07) Karma (feat. Fabio Trentini)
09) You & I (feat. Kip Winger)
10) Green Demon
12) Final Song
|Cover, design & photography by Katerina Polak (www.katerinapolak.com)
Milan Polak uses: Music Man electric guitars; Yamaha acoustic guitars
& basses; T-Rex Effects pedals; DiMarzio pickups, straps, cables
& hardware; AKG microphones & headphones; Ernie Ball strings
& accessories; Dunlop picks & MXR Electronics; Steinberg
Dennis Leeflang endorses Q Drum Co. drums, Paiste cymbals and Vater sticks
Fabio Trentini plays: Wood&Tronics basses, Markbass amps, Tech 21 preamps & D'Addario strings
The companies that supported (in alphabetical order):
Walter Rührig at AKG Acoustics; Steve Blucher at DiMarzio; Dunlop
Manufacturing; Brian Ball, Derek Brooks & Nathan Stiff at Ernie
Ball/Music Man; Ed Doll at Steinberg; Michael Pagaard at T-Rex Effects;