Chris Poland

Chris Poland (born December 1, 1957) is an American guitarist, best known as the former guitarist of the thrash metal band Megadeth. Since 2002, Poland has been the guitarist of the instrumental rock/jazz fusion bands OHM and OHMphrey, among others, and has appeared on several projects and albums from a variety of different genres.

Chris Poland
Poland with his signature Legator CP6 guitar
Poland with his signature Legator CP6 guitar
Background information
Born (1957-12-01) December 1, 1957 (age 62)
Dunkirk, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar
Years active1977–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitechrispoland.com

BiographyEdit

MegadethEdit

Frontman Dave Mustaine referred to Poland as "an amazing guitar player—he can play circles around me".[1]

2000sEdit

In 2009, Poland formed OHMphrey, a side-project with Robby Pagliari of OHM, and Jake Cinninger, Kris Myers, and Joel Cummins of progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee.[2]

In 2019, Poland appeared on the track "Hammer (Comes Down)", on Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's solo release Sleeping Giants, with Mark Tremonti, Thom Hazaert, Dave McClain and Joey Radziwill of Sacred Reich, and Flotsam and Jetsam vocalist Eric AK.[3] It was later announced Poland had signed to Ellefson's revived Combat Records, who would release a 30th Anniversary Edition of his landmark solo debut Return to Metalopolis in 2020. The expanded 2 CD/LP configuration, features a remastered version of the original LP, with four new tracks, and material from the independently released, out of print 2007 release Return to Metalopolis Live. It was later announced in 2020 that Poland would tour Australia and Japan, with David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert, supporting Ellefson's eponymous solo band. [4][5]

In January 2020, Poland was inducted into the Metal Hall of Fame, alongside Geoff Tate, Don Dokken, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Prong, Graham Bonnett, and more. Poland was inducted by Thom Hazaert and former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel who joined Poland for a performance of "Peace Sells", with Butcher Babies bassist Ricky Bonazza, and Dead by Wednesday drummer Opus Lawrence and guitarist Dave Sharpe, who also tour with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and Hazaert in Ellefson's eponymous "Sleeping Giants" solo band. Poland also performed "Paranoid" at the induction, with Vai, Satriani, and Tate.[6]

DiscographyEdit

Solo albumsEdit

With MegadethEdit

With Damn the MachineEdit

With Mumbo's BrainEdit

  • 1995: Excerpts from the Book of Mumbo
  • 1999: Rare Trax

With Lamb of GodEdit

With OHMEdit

  • 2003: OHM
  • 2004: "Live" On KPFK 90.7 FM, Lion Music
  • 2005: Amino Acid Flashback
  • 2006: Live at the New Brookland Tavern (DVD)
  • 2008: Circus of Sound
  • 2012: Tsunami Jams

With OHMphreyEdit

With PolcatEdit

  • 2012: Polcat, Ashro Records

Other album appearancesEdit

  • 2001: Warmth in the Wilderness: A Tribute to Jason Becker, Lion Music
  • 2002: Squadrophenia, Cosmosquad, Marmaduke Records
  • 2004: Give Us Moore! – Gary Moore Tribute, Lion Music
  • 2006: The Longest Night, Pharaoh
  • 2006: Double Heart Project – Human Nature's Fight, Brennus
  • 2006: Jimi Hendrix Tribute – The Spirit Lives On Vol. 1 & 2, Lion Music
  • 2007: Long Live Me, THE SCREAMIN' LORDS, Brannick Records
  • 2008: Innervisions, Tadashi Goto, Progrock
  • 2009: Guitars That Ate My Brain
  • 2009: Misty Mountain Hop: A Millennium Tribute to Led Zeppelin
  • 2009: The Call of the Flames, Shredding the Envelope, Standstill And Scream Music
  • 2011: Metalusion, Glen Drover, Magna Carta
  • 2012: Plains of Oblivion – Jeff Loomis
  • 2012: Two Minutes to Midnight: A Millennium Tribute to Iron Maiden, Versailles Records
  • 2013: Intermezzo, Michael Angelo Batio
  • 2013: Virtue and Vices, Robot Lords of Tokyo, RLoT Records
  • 2013: Frequency Unknown Queensryche(guest appearance), Cleopatra
  • 2013: Belt Buckles and Brass Knuckles, Moccasin Creek, Moccasin Creek Music
  • 2014: Will to Power – Lord Vulture, Mausoleum Records
  • 2014: Onward to FreedomTourniquet
  • 2016: The Art of Loss - Redemption
  • 2018: Gazing at Medusa – Tourniquet
  • 2019" Sleeping Giants - David Ellefson

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ VH1: Megadeth – Behind the Music DVD – October 2001.
  2. ^ "2009 interview on Outsight Radio Hours". Archive.org. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "HEAR MEGADETH'S DAVID ELLEFSON REUNITE WITH CHRIS POLAND ON RIPPING SOLO SONG". Revolver. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "Former MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS POLAND Signs To DAVID ELLEFSON's COMBAT RECORDS". Blabbermouth. Blabbermouth. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "MEGADETH Bandmates DAVID ELLEFSON And CHRIS POLAND To Tour Japan And Australia Together In May". Blabbermouth. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  6. ^ "FORMER MEGADETH GUITARIST CHRIS POLAND WILL BE INDUCTED TO THE METAL HALL OF FAME". Guitar.com. Retrieved February 20, 2020.

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