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Released: 2016, Tut Records
I’m really enjoy a good instrumental guitar hero album. I have dozens in my collection because at times I just want some decent background music. I also really enjoy the band Tyr. So when I was told that Terji, the guitarist for Tyr was doing his first solo album, I was instantly sold.
The rather unimaginatively titled TERJI was released earlier in 2016 on the small but respected Tutl label, the same label that helped launch the career of Tyr. There are not too many frills on this CD, just a simple picture of Terji and 10 songs with simple titles that run about 44 minutes. However the music inside is world-class.
Terji writes a number of songs in varying speeds and tones. There is a decent mix of fast and slow songs, but I find on the slow songs we get to hear a more expressive side of his playing. Don’t get me wrong, he can really shred on double-kick driven tunes like ‘Fighting Life’ and ‘Secrets Of War’ but some of the slower stuff really sounded wonderful. ‘Beloved’ is a very atmospheric and romantic piece and ‘Destiny’ with it’s acoustic piano and string section are superb. Unless you think the CD may not be as ‘Metal’ as it could be, it is mostly heavy, fast guitar work with lots of drumming but he never loses sight of the song. Overall, I get a very nice feel reminding me of the heaviest work of Joe Satriani with excellent tone.
This is a solo album in the true sense in that it is a nice departure from his style in his main band and it explores different areas but maintains a signature style. Some solo albums have a schizophrenic styles with a shred song, a country song, a blues song, a ballad, etc…but TERJI maintains a nice Metal continuity across the album . As I said in my introduction I listen to a lot of guitar heroes and this is one of the best, if not the best instrumental guitar album I’ve heard this year.
1. Time for Change
2. Fighting Life
3. Layers of Lies
4. Feel Gods
6. Secrets of War
9. Out of Bounds
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