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by Luay Rifai

One of a kind Guitar Virtuoso & Medical Doctor;This Concept album elegantly delivers state-of-the-art Instrumental Hard Rock & Metal Guitar Virtuosity,melting down passionate melodic licks with outstanding shred ability into one Epic Instrumental Concept.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Vital: I Nucleus
4:14 album only
2. Vital: II Circulation
6:04 album only
3. Vital: III Pulse
4:23 album only
4. Vital: IV Intelligence
8:05 album only
5. Vital: V Breath
2:49 album only
6. Vital: VI Sentiment
4:47 album only
7. Vital: VII Essence
5:31 album only
8. Faithful Spirits
5:02 album only
9. Prelude for Glenn Gould
5:31 album only
10. Voodoo Frenzy
5:02 album only
11. Bloodshed
4:20 album only
12. Of Cold Dreams & a Mirror
10:26 album only


Album Notes
+ “Vital” is a Concept album in the style of instrumental hard rock guitar, the album includes the track “Vital”; 36 min epic concept instrumental piece split into 7 tracks, in addition to 5 stand-alone tracks.

+ The “Vital” Concept :
The concept revolves around the miracle of being alive. A truly pulsating and dynamic, vibrant entity that is full of life, breathing, beating, with vivacious energy. The dialogue is on how merely having organic material as it is will not be sufficient to manifest life, it requires something very “Vital” which is the non-organic “essence” or soul that runs through to connect all the different portions essential for the persistence of life. It’s the search between body & soul.
The musical counterpart to the concept is interpreted as the song being divided into several movements, each representing a fundamental element of a living entity. In addition to the “essence of living” which is signified by the main theme; a melodic run played in different modes, recurring in each separate component of the entire instrumental.

+ Bio - Luay Rifai :
Born in the world’s oldest capital city of Damascus - Syria on August 13th 1982, Luay Rifai’s self-taught approach to the instrument of electric guitar, revealed high dexterity in original and cunning playing, bringing together his diverse passionate melodic licks and rhythms along with remarkable over the top shred-ability, emerging him as an outstanding upmost instrumental rock guitar virtuoso. Throughout the years, Luay Rifai has been part of numerous genre-specific online communities, participating in various collaboration projects with independent musicians around the globe.

Being a medical doctor further contributed his mind-set and very detail-oriented demeanor of always willing to go the extra mile to get the perfect take & feel he’s looking for. Coordinating both, music & medicine, reflects his well-rounded personality, as he thrives to establish where those two worlds collide.




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Wow I've got to applaud you
This is the most amazing music that i have heard in recent times
this album shows some great hidden talent that you have

Awesome Work!

Larry Talbot

Virtuoso.... is definately the key word ! Displaying amazing talents this album sizzles with masterful musicianship,taste and excellence!!This should be heard by the masses,,,,totally incredible work !!! OUTSTANDING !!!!

Fateh Bazerbachi

The Scientist, The Romantic, And The Genius
Dwelling between the seemingly-contradictory worlds of strictly-disciplined Medicine, and the celestial, Elysian fields of musical craftsmanship, Dr.Rifai managed to demonstrate -with immense success- that science and passion can copulate, and the fruit of this, yet unheard of, mating, is this majestic oeuvre.

The music entourage have presented many talented artists, and of course, many of them was destined to eternal grandiosity and even immortality, but in my own opinion, this arena was greatly blessed by this young man.

Indeed, all of us have heard of Di Meola, Satriani, Pastorius, Malmsteen, and many other great guitar masters, but who among of those, managed to master, tame, and dominate the ever colliding realms of the cold, rational, and emotionless credo of scientific belief, while yet caressing, on the other hand, the soft, mellow, and passionate thrust of the music orbit?! I believe that Dr.Luay Rifai is a first !

The kind of growth and maturation that this album revealed surprised me at first, as most of it was conceived during this great artist's thrive towards the pursuit of his medical career, and for those who are familiar with this arduous journey - myself being one of them - I then realized that it's not surprising at all, for, it is the existentialist's suffering that sparks the flame of Genius, provided there is a fertile ground, and yes, by all means, this young man's soul is a haven of creative fertility.

Maybe this is why the whole motif of this oeuvre can be (although counter-intuitively) depicted by the incredible track (Prelude for Glenn Gould), for, Luay can never escape the abstract while secreting the romantic. hence, was the praise of Bach.

I can only congratulate this young doctor for this breeze of fresh air, and thank him for reminding us that - indeed - there is something else, a transcendental essence, that is (Vital) ...in all of us...


"Vital" is a tremendous album !!! Epic instrumental with awesome melodic variations and composition , Luay Rifai's abilities are very versatile , a rare combination of shred and melody that I'm a big fan of !!! Killer album ! Highly recommend it for you instrumental rock guitar maniacs out there.

Joseph Rodriguez

I think the stars are in the sky but here on earth theres one who always shine to me, and thats Luay Rifai.
He knows the guitar fretboard like I know the abc and more, so I highly recommend his album, if you like hard kickin guitar rock.
Buy it now,before is too late.