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Saeedi, Salim Ghazi: namoWoman

Salim Ghazi Saeedi is an Iranian musician who released three albums with Arashk, a band I am not familiar with. He has three solo albums to his credit with namoWoman being his latest released in 2012.

Saeedi plays all the instruments himself, dabbling in guitar, bass, keyboards and drum arrangements. This is a pretty tough album to crack as the music is quite challenging. Metal, fusion, jazz and world elements is what you will hear. The first four tracks feature plenty of biting guitar and heavy fuzzed out riffs combined with violin samples. The Persian elements are often interspersed among the heavy angular guitar work that has a definite avant-garde feel. "namoW", "nam", "amo" and "moW' all combine heavier riffs with a slightly disjointed sound and interesting chord progressions.

The next few tracks are a little more eerie and spacious, my favourite being "oma" where the guitar cuts through the soundscape like a scythe through a field of wheat. The Persian influenced violin textures are a direct contrast to Saeedi's crazy guitar exploits. The last track "Wom" features jazzy piano and more fuzzier avant-garde guitar freak outs. The Eastern tinged guitar solo drips with an exotic flair that perfectly captures the ethnic mood of the album.

Although not immediately catchy, Saeedi has created something a little outside the box of conventional norms and for that he is to be congratulated. He certainly has made an instrumental guitar centered album that should appeal to the those delving into the adventurous side of metal fusion music.

Track Listing:
1. namoW (4:09)
2. nam (4:37)
3. amo (4:47)
4. moW (4:43)
5. oWo (4:33)
6. Wom (4:23)
7. oma (4:17)
8. man (4:15)
9. Woman (4:07)

Added: December 29th 2014
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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