Rick Renstrom became interested in playing guitar at the age of fifteen after being inspired by a Yngwie Malmsteen performance that he saw on television. Some of his biggest guitar influences include Yngwie Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, Al Di Meola, Andy LaRocque, Ronni Le Tekrø.
He also draws influence from classical composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He has worked with several bands and artists throughout his career, most notably Rob Rock and Richard Christy. Rick was instrumental in connecting Richard with Chuck Schuldiner to join Death and Control Denied when Chuck was producing Rick’s previous band. Rick has also appeared on various other compilations. In 2003 he released his debut solo album, Until the Bitter End. Rick’s video for “The Fire Within” has been viewed over 250,000 times. In 2004, Rick and Wade Blacked formed Leash Law and released the album, Dogface.
After a near 6 year Hiatus, In 2010, Rick again joined Wade Black to form War Of Thrones. In 2011, Rick and War Of Thrones bass player, Rich Marks created Holmes And Slice. A Neo-Classical instrumental group in which Rick is the guitarist, songwriter and co-producer, “Holmes and Slice” also features keyboard virtuoso Mistheria and drum legend Atma Anur.
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