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Alek Darson – Panopticon

With the art of shred slowly on the out, having been dominated for years by names like Joe Satriani and his legendary pupil Steve Vai, it's only natural that a few self-made individuals would do their best to keep the genre alive in the back alleys. Today, doing his best to keep the faith, we have Alek Darson, a Serbian guitarist who began playing at the young age of 10 on his mother's nylon-stringed acoustic and has only cultivated that gift throughout the years, even making his way to his current residence in Boston where he studied at the famed Berklee College of Music.