A Goodbye to Unveiling the sonic wizardry of Guitarist, Ryan Siew
The music world is in mourning again, this time for the 26-year-old guitarist of the Australian metalcore band “Polaris”. The reasons are still unknown, but the young man accompanied and was part of the band for 10 years, where his bandmates remember him as “an artistic soulmate”. It all happened on 19 June, but only this week, specifically on Wednesday, the band confirmed what had happened and announced the cancellation of their European tour. Daniel, Jake, Jamie, and Rick his bandmates will remember him and all those chords that will remain in our hearts. Before we talk some more and see him doing what he loved so much “playing guitar” we will talk about his band and second family “Polaris”.
Polaris - INHUMANE [Official Music Video]
Polaris is an Australian metalcore band that has rapidly risen through the ranks of the heavy music scene with their intense sound, captivating performances, and thought-provoking lyrics. Formed in Sydney in 2012, the band has garnered a devoted following and critical acclaim for their unique blend of aggressive breakdowns, melodic hooks, and powerful songwriting. Polaris is known for their ability to seamlessly blend heavy, punishing riffs with soaring melodic passages. Their music often features a dynamic range of tempos, incorporating intricate guitar work, thunderous drumming, and a diverse vocal delivery that transitions between guttural screams and melodic clean singing. The band’s technical proficiency is evident in their tight musicianship, intricate arrangements, and attention to detail, creating a sonic experience that is both exhilarating and emotionally charged. Polaris tackles profound and introspective themes in their lyrics, exploring topics such as personal struggles, mental health, self-reflection, and societal issues. Their lyrics are often raw and introspective, inviting listeners to connect on a deeply emotional level. With their heartfelt and cathartic approach, Polaris delivers messages of hope, resilience, and personal growth, resonating with fans who find solace and empowerment in their music. Polaris is renowned for their energetic and electrifying live performances. Their stage presence is captivating, with each member bringing an intensity and passion that ignites the crowd. From explosive breakdowns to anthemic sing-alongs, the band’s live shows are a visceral experience, leaving a lasting impression on audiences. Polaris has toured extensively, sharing stages with renowned acts and earning a reputation as a must-see live band. While Polaris emerged from the metalcore scene, they have continuously evolved their sound, incorporating elements from various subgenres of heavy music.
Polaris - ALL OF THIS IS FLEETING [Official Live Music Video]
Their willingness to experiment and push the boundaries of their sound has set them apart, allowing them to carve their own distinct path within the heavy music landscape. This exploration of different sonic territories has helped them attract a diverse audience and maintain their relevance in an ever-evolving music scene. Polaris has garnered widespread critical acclaim and international recognition for their music. Their albums have received accolades from industry professionals, and they have been nominated for and won prestigious awards within the heavy music community. The band’s music has resonated with listeners around the world, leading to sold-out shows and festival appearances across continents.
Polaris - VAGABOND [Official Music Video]
Within the vast world of music, there are guitarists who possess a rare ability to weave captivating melodies, unleash blistering solos, and transport listeners on a sonic journey. One such artist was Ryan Siew, a guitarist whose talent and prowess have begun to turn heads in the music industry. While still emerging in prominence, Siew’s unique style and technical wizardry were making waves, attracting attention from fellow musicians and enthusiasts alike.
Polaris - ABOVE MY HEAD [Guitar Playthrough]
Ryan Siew’s journey as a guitarist was one fueled by passion, dedication, and an unyielding pursuit of musical excellence. Though relatively unknown on a larger scale, his talent and potential was undeniable, showcasing a virtuosity that transcends genres and captivates audiences. With a blend of technical precision, emotive expression, and an innate sense of melody, Siew’s guitar playing possesses a distinctive voice that sets him apart. Whether he’s shredding through intricate progressive rock passages, channeling raw emotion through soulful blues licks, or exploring new sonic landscapes through experimental compositions, Siew’s versatility and artistry shine through in every note he plays.
Polaris - PRAY FOR RAIN [Guitar + Bass Playthrough]
Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of musical influences, Siew crafts intricated compositions that push the boundaries of his instrument. His ability to seamlessly blend elements of rock, jazz, fusion, and other genres created a sonic tapestry that was both familiar and refreshingly innovative.
While Siew’s technical proficiency was evident, his ability to infuse his playing with genuine emotion and soul truly sets him apart. His guitar solos became poignant stories, each note speaking volumes and evoking a profound emotional response. Siew’s expressive playing was a testament to his dedication to his craft and his unwavering commitment to using the guitar as a conduit for his deepest thoughts and feelings. We will always remember him and thank him for his contribution to this great band and the music industry.