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Attack of the Neon Shark
Released: 2002, Lion Music
Alex Masi. Guitarist Extraordinaire. I have here before me the re released versions of some of Alex Masi’s work. Instead of putting them all in one big review I am going to give them each their own separate review. A couple of them are so unalike that I figure it’s the least I can do. As I have already dealt with the history of this guitar wizard I won’t go into detail again. If you want to read more about him you can search for my review of ETERNAL STRUGGLE which I did only a few months ago. In that review I delve into the past of Alex Masi.
Unlike Masi’s previous release DOWNTOWN DREAMERS (1988), ATTACK OF THE NEON SHARK (1989)is a total instrumental album except for the opening track “Under Fire”. This track features Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen) on vocals. This is no throw in track. This is one killer tune. makes me wonder why Masi went the route of instrumentals. He obviously has what it takes to write some killer songs. Kicking off the instrumental is the title track. Masi shreds the fretboard to pieces then follows it up with some tasteful bluesy playing on “Average Green Band”. For the ultimate in shredding check out “DFWM”. Just Masi and his guitar. Masi goes off the beaten path on the track Toccato.. This track sounds very jazzy and unstructured.
Listening to an Alex Masi solo album is a different experience. His band work with Masi is pretty much straight ahead melodic metal. His instrumental compositions are far from that. They are sometimes almost straight ahead songs with guitar taking the place of lead vocals and sometimes they seem to take you to another world. A world where Alex Masi makes the rules about his music.
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