Will Schut & Paul van der Heijden - "Jazztrophysics" (2012) This one’s a bit of a white raven in Will’s discography. No high gain guitarsounds this time around, go figure. But the absence of brutal guitarsounds by no means resulted in an album without the usual high-tech guitar anthics we’ve come to expect from the fastfingered Duthman. Together with fellow Dutch guitarace Paul van der Heijden Will rearranged four classic rock anthems to a more or less gypsy kinda jazzvibe format while staying close to the original compositions in terms of key and tempo. And again, don’t be fooled by the somewhat docile guitarsound, the solos are genuine fingertwisters, so there’s still shredcred galore on this EP.
Will Schut - "Chupacabra Farm" (2011) Although this album contains ten songs it rushes by in just over twenty minutes. And in that rather brief period of time no less then five guest musicians put in their two cents! And again it's all there, hyperspeed (Kanashibari), quirkyness (Claustrophobic Gerbil), romance (Indigo Velcro) and off course the plain bizarre (Untouched By Time). The album was mastered by Martin Verberk (LM83 Productions) hence the rather powerful sound. Download it here!
Will Schut - "Blueprints for a Timetravel Paradox" (2010) This release could be best described as a walk down memory lane. On the album you'll find eleven songs, recorded in 2005, 2000 and one from even as far back as 1993. Some fragments of these songs can be seen as blueprints, because those particulair riffs and melodies later found their way onto the "Weapons of Mass Seduction" or "Hidden in Reality" album. The fact that these "blueprints" were released after the two albums mentioned causes a mild sort of "timetravel paradox". So that's the title explained. Again this album is available for free dowload on Will's site.
Will Schut - "Hidden in Reality" (2009) Will’s second solo-album in the true meaning of the word. Will played and programmed all the songs himself. Eleven songs ranging from hypershred (Big Angry Orange Machine) to ultrasoft (Shamballah Airport) to Zappaesque quirky (Reptilian Wifeswap Party) to downright dirty (Sewergator) and anything in between. Steve Vai heard the demo for this album and gave it his ultimate “thumbs up” (click here to read what Steve wrote)! Again, like “Weapons of Mass Seduction” this album is free to download on Will’s website.
Will Schut - "Weapons of Mass Seduction" (2008) Will’s real first solo-album. Together with a top-notch band (Marco Kleinnibbelink on drums, Minggus Gaspersz on keys and Bert van der Horst on bass on the track "Mascara Tears") Will blazes through six instrumentals ranging from downright dirty (Be Nice to Mr. Hill), a bit more sensitive (Mascara Tears), ultimate shred (Drawcansir) to the outright insane (ConFusion). Will recorded the album in his own homestudio, so besides being a challenging project to play, it was also a fantastic learningprocess regarding recording, mixing and mastering. Reviews have been raving and so far downloads run in the thousands (and counting!)
Lafordova - "Terms of Estrangement" (2001) This should have been Lafordova's second official album. Eleven songs (besides the four songs of the promo album titles include "Waste It", "Revictimizer", "Soulscarred", "Backrow Psycho", "Jaywalk", "Open Letter to a Goddess" and "Midas Touch") that besides the two ballads were much, very much, heavier than the songs on the "Circus album". Although the close harmony vocals and shred guitarsolo's were still there, the music could be compared to the music of bands like Pantera, Machine Head or Slipknot. Record companies proved reluctant to release this album. It's not unthinkable that this album may somehow be released officially in the future, but for now there are only illegal copies available, mostly on the Internet. The album itself sounds like an official one, mainly because it was mastered by Attie Bouw (Fight, Judas Priest, Gorefest).
Lafordova - "Promo" (2001)
Early 2001 Lafordova recorded four new songs ("Unholiest of Kings", "Shrine to Insanity", "Headlines" and "42nd Street Messiah") and used this EP to shop around for a new record deal. These four songs are by far the most heavy Lafordova ever recorded and some record companies actually were a bit disappointed that Lafordova didn't record a "second Circus" album. Copies of this EP aren't that hard to find. In spite of the fact that this record was never officially released, Every Lafordova fan somehow seems to have a copie. Long live the world wide web!
Lafordova, Mac 11 and FrustHatred - "Power Metal Pack" (1999)
This album accompanied the Power Metal Pack tour of three finalists of Dutch rock magazine Aardschok's Metal Bash. (FrustHatred came in fifth, Mac 11 finished fourth and Lafordova became second.) Because Mac 11 and FrustHatred were much louder bands than Lafordova, Will and his bandmates decided to put their three heaviest songs on the album ("Circus of the Damned","Like Slaves" and "XXX Rated Dreams"). There are three songs per band on this album and if you would like to order this album, please refer to the Orders section of this site.
Album recorded by seventies tributeband Block Busters. While recording this album the band invited the complete "who's who" of the Dutch rock and metal scene. Among them were vocalists like Peter Strykes (Vandenberg), Leon Goewie (Vengeance), Andrew Elt (Sleez Beez), Rick Ambrose (Jewel, Mac 11), Addo Kruizinga (Rubicon), Jos Mennen (Mennen) Robby Valentine and Stan Verbraak (Helloise) as well as guitarists like Ben Blaauw (Helloise), Ad Visser, Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Jack Pisters (Avalon), Chriz van Jaarsveld (Sleez Beez) and off course Will. Sweeping and tapping his way through the Osmond classic "Crazy Horses" Will totally made the song his own.
Lafordova's debut-album. Ten progressive powermetal songs and one extremely radio-friendly ballad. This album was distributed worldwide by Power Records International and gained countless very good reviews. The album was recorded and mixed by Martin Verberk and mastered by Oscar Holleman at the (in)famous RS29 studio. Will's playing on this album made him a household name among guitarlovers everywhere. Most critics considered him to be a cross between Vai and Dimebag, while one critic thought he heard "Brian May on steroids". To order this album please refer to the Orders section of this site.
This album features the same song as the "Circus of the Damned" album, only this time Jelle Spijker is playing the bass instead of Arthur van Lieshout. Because the band rerecorded all eleven songs when Arthur joined there are some minor differences between the two, especially regarding the basslines, but nothing drastic. Although this album was never released, copies of it keep popping up at CD-markets and on the Internet. Because there are also some illegal copies wandering the globe it's impossible to say how many copies are out there.
The Mess - "King Moron" (1992)
Avant garde rockers The Mess (think Zappa meets The Tubes) called upon Will for some guitarparts they themselves described as "impossible". Indeed, in the song "A Long way" Will was asked to play some fingerpicked, yet distorted guitarlines and some of them had to be in unison with an improvised noseflute part recorded earlier. Will pulled it off! On the same song a teenage female vocalist made her debut. Her name; Anneke van Giersbergen. Yeah, that's right, she later on became the frontwoman for Dutch mega-succesful rock act The Gathering.