The good people at Lion Music continue to bore me to death with their neo-classical/prog-rock instrumental albums. All the musicians in their stable are undeniably talented but why can the music not have some balls to it?? FLYING SOLO, the latest release from Danish shredder Torben Enevoldsen (also in Section A) follows much the same pattern as the other 20-odd releases I have heard from bands on Lion””a proggy, instrumental guitar album with an obscure European musician trying to out-wank the other guy. Enevoldsen is incredibly talented and his fretwork commendable but almost all of the songs on FLYING SOLO amount to nothing more than what I would call “Satriani-lite.”
The nameless rhythm section grooves through “1:49 AM” and lays the groundwork for a promising release but by the time “Lobotomized” kicks in, things have become repetitive and tiresome. “Beyond Compare” is a breath of fresh air at the mid-way point and Enevoldsen sizzles but the final half of the album just plods along following the same dreary pace and middling riffs.
FLYING SOLO simply has nothing to recommend. The thin production, weak bottom end and uninspired guitarwork does nothing to separate it from countless other works from similar artists. For a far better CD on Lion Music featuring this type of music, check out the amazing Anand. He is able to create interesting guitar instrumentals filled with tempo changes and unique instrumentation, not the dreary treacle that Torben Enevoldsen does here.
KILLER KUTS: “1:49 AM,” “Beyond Compare”
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