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Scott Allen Project: III

So, do you like some guitar in your tunes? If so, you really need to listen to Scott Allen Project's latest disc III, originally released digitally in 2013 but now made available in physical format. The California guitarist has opened for a number of well known bands including UFO, Steve Morse and the Aristocrats. The band has released three albums thus far but this is the first one I have heard.

If you enjoy rock and metal where the guitar is front and center and the playing is excellent, you should really enjoy III. Every song features fantastic playing from Allen and his supporting cast is pretty good too, including Brian Kinney (bass guitar) and Tom Frost (drums and percussion).

Whether Allen is firing on all cylinders as in the blisteringly heavy "What Lies Beneath", which begins the album or the funkier "River Of Time" where the playing is less intense and just a little slower, the musicianship is never at the expense of a good melody making this a highly listenable instrumental album. Other highlights include the melodic "Dreaming" where Allen's slow burning lead work absolutely soars and the fine "Echoes Of Eternity" ending the album on a slower note with Allen's guitar lines demonstrating a precision and clarity that few musicians are able to attain.

With III, Allen has certainly proved himself to be a very capable musician and a fine songwriter. Hopefully, this will not be the last we hear from this talented trio.

Track Listing:
1. What Lies Beneath
2. 5th Street Strut
3. River Of Time
4. Into The Light
5. Shake It
6. Dreaming
7. The Texas Way
8. Inside Out
9. My Aching Head
10. Echoes Of Eternity

Added: May 6th 2015
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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