PHOENIX VAN DER WEYDEN
With her debut album `Defying Destiny’ the young guitar goddess exposed herself as one of the shred heads from a past generation. The tone of her guitar is rooted in the 80’s when Shrapnel Records sprouted careers of young guitar gods by the dozen. Following the path of predecessors like Vinnie Moore, Tony MacAlpine, Joey Tafolla, Greg Howe, Marty Friedman and Jason Becker [to name just a few] is daring, especially when you’re a young woman in South America.
With a surname van der Weiden [Weyden] however, Phoenix reveals European, likely Dutch or Belgian, roots as well, unlike one might take for granted judging her looks. Phoenix is as Brazilian as one can look, but when she swings her axe, you better take cover! When the axe starts to fire notes, she is as temperamental as the entire Godly canaries, but she is sharper than the edge of a blade.