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Devils Slingshot: Clinophobia

There have been some strong instrumental guitar albums lately and you can add this one to the list. Devils Slingshot are a supergroup consisting of Virgil Donati (has worked with Planet X, CAB, Steve Vai, Derek Sherinian, Steve Walsh, Mark Boals, plus many more), Billy Sheehan (Talas, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Tony Macalpine (Planet X, CaB, and Steve Vai). This is quite the instrumental line-up and if you like your rock hard and heavy you have come to the right place. Lots of intense riffing and power chords to go along with some blistering solos make this a feast for guitar lovers. All three members are exceptional musicians but that does not always make for an enjoyable listen. The music on this release is very cohesive and it is like these guys have been playing together for years.

The album opener, "Nederland", has everything a guitar lover would want: excellent riffs and solos, plus a very competent rhythm section to hold it all together. Another plus is the nice melody that goes along with the package. What I noticed about this album is that it may take a few listens to fully appreciate. At first I was not completely sold, but upon further listens the subtle nuances of many of the songs started to take hold. There is a lot going on musically, especially for a three piece band. Just listen to the almost jazz like interlude during "Ballade de Bastille" where Sheehan's bass takes center stage. This is one of the best bass parts I have heard in quite some time. "Def Bitch Blues" has an irresistible riff that will almost make you want to dance. To me, that is what makes this so listenable - melody combined with first class musicians. It never seems over done or self indulgent but after listening you are sure to realize just how good these guys can play. There is a definite progressive nature to the music but mostly this is just good rock, albeit played at a very high skill level like that demonstrated on one of my favorite tunes entitled "Ocean". This has another really good melody with a well placed quiet interlude followed by guitar pyrotechnics. Excellent stuff for sure.

Do I think you should buy this disc? Well, if you like guitar based instrumental rock, played by fantastic musicians who have really seemed to gel, by all means go for it. This one gets another solid four star rating.

 

Track Listing:
1) Nederland
2) Ballade de Bastille
3) Def Bitch Blues
4) Lay Off
5) Injustice Line
6) Ocean
7) Flamed
8) Hourglass
9) Aerial Perspective

Added: October 28th 2008
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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Related Link: The Band's MySpace Site
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Language: english

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