Sunday, March 1, 2009

John B. - Row (Secret Port Records)

If you enjoy solo albums by the likes of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and so on, then you will probably appreciate this release as it falls into the same realms of melodic shredding. So as I’m sure you have already guessed, the guitar playing is fantastic. But what you might not have guessed is that John not only wrote all the music here, but played all the instruments as well. This includes keyboards which add atmosphere and feeling proportionally and appropriately. However, the eleven individual instrumentals aren’t even named, just listed as roman numerals.

All in all, I can’t say I’d recommend this flight of fancy to anyone but shred metal aficionados; unless of course, you like really great background music. Personally, I believe John would be better off trying to get this mood music used in cinema, where at least it would have the possiblity of having some kind of profound impact.

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