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Corbin King
Destination
May 2004
Released: 2004, Leviathan Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Rick

The latest release in Leviathan Records Guitar Masters series is DESTINATION by Corbin King. For those who don’t know, the Guitar Masters series is a set of releases that feature a star guitar player creating his own guitar tracks and laying them over a number of set backing track. The artist is free to interpret the backing music in whatever way he sees fit. Because the track listings and song names are the same on each Guitar Series release it is easy to compare how different guitar players approach the creative process.



“Mind Games” opens the disc with some serious shredding. King takes a similar path to Joe Stump who also came out ripping on this track but King tempers the whole sound with some great wah guitar. “Day of Doom” is one of the songs in the series that seems to create very different interpretations among the artists. Michael Harris created a very bluesy piece while Stump continues on with his aggressive attack even while keeping his playing subdued. King for the most part stays away from the blues in this and though he continues with his forceful style he brings in a massive amount of melody which reminds me a little of early 80 Scorpions. The strongest track on this CD has to be “Hurricane X”. King takes this track and turns what could have been a shred fest into possibly the most solid “song” on this CD. I could see this tracks, sans a couple of solo and some added vocals, as being classic headbanging track.



This is the third disc that I have reviewed from the Guitar Masters series and it still amazes me how a basic backing track can inspire such greatness from these amazing guitar players. Corbin King is the main man behind one of the best up and coming young metal bands today called Vainglory. Hopefully that unit will have new material out soon but in the interim DESTINATION is a great way to hear the amazing guitar talents of Corbin King.
Track Listing

01. Mind Games
02. Prisoner of Time
03. Day of Doom
04. Hurricane X
05. Chasing Rainbows
06. Armed and Ready
07. Hot Nights
08. Destination

Lineup

Corbin King; guitar
Mike Haid: drums
David Chastain: bass

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Corbin King
Destination
December 2004
Released: 2004, Leviathan
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP



Destination is another CD in the rather obscure and somewhat confusing ‘Guitar Master’ series from Leviathan. Originally the series was a fan-club/internet/ label sort of thing but a few of the eight or so original titles have been re-issued, remixed and re-packaged and this is one of them. Overall, the concept is supremely cool. A bunch of guitar heroes each play music over the same backing bass and drum tracks and release a CD. I can’t compare to the others in the series (Chastain, Stump, Frankenshred, Harris etc) but I do know I really enjoy King’s previous work in Vainglory. Simple packaging for these eight instrumentals but the nice added bonus of liner notes from Mr. King. Musically it is a guitar players dream. The title track is actually a very atypical (for him) longer blues-based track which gives him a chance to stretch his creative wings. The rest is generally shred type stuff, which I love. I’m not a guitar player so there is probably a lot more subtlety than I can verbalize but I know what I like and my first intro to the ‘Guitar Master’ series is a winner.
Track Listing

1. Mind Games
2. Prisoner Of Time
3. Day Of Doom
4. Hurricane X
5. Chasing Rainbows
6. Armed And Ready
7. Hot Nights
8. Destination

Lineup

Corbin King-Guitar
David T. Chastain-Bass
Mike Hiad-Drums

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