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Ape Shifter: Ape Shifter II

The second album from the instrumental, Germany based power trio Ape Shifter arrives cunningly titled as Ape Shifter II. Hardly the most auspicious of introductions but thankfully you’ll find much more to get excited about as you dive headlong into a guitar led instrumental album that attacks in a way that few in this field often do. Led by the American six-stringer, Jeff Aug, and rounded out keenly by bassist Florian Walter and drummer Kurty Munch, this outfit mix all sorts of styles into their approach, with a touch of 70s rock here, a dash of Joe Satriani and Eddie Van Halen stylings there, while a couple of tracks “Die Rausschmeiber” and “Fu Manchu” wouldn’t be a million miles out of place if Vince Neil howled, wailed and hollered over the top of them!

That keenly observed, but still cohesive, eclecticism ably holds things together while keeping you thoroughly locked in and while the shortness of a lot of the tracks can leave them feeling just ever so slightly unrealised, it also ensures that nothing sits long enough to get sterile. The order of the day is very much dig out a big riff, sit astride it and see where it can take you, but, unsurprisingly, there’s also a huge amount of virtuosity on show along the way.

Ape Shifter are hardly reinventing the wheel here. In fact there’s little innovation whatsoever, and yet pinning down exactly who else sounds like this, or brings this hugely energetic outlook to the instrumental guitar world, proves rather elusive. That said, by its very nature, any instrumental album is going to have a limited appeal and I don’t hear much here that’s about to change that. If this is a field in which you’re willing to frolic, then there’s no doubt that Ape Shifter II will offer you something the same, yet different and that in itself makes a refreshing change.


Track Listing
1. GRAVITY
2. HASKETT
3. MASK OF THE ANCIENT WARRIOR
4. SHOEGAZER
5. AMERICAN EAGLE
6. 7 YEARS FAT, 7 YEARS LEAN
7. DIE RAUSSCHMEIßER
8. FU MANCHU
9. 8 SHOT
10. NO CHORDS ALLOWED, JONATHAN
11. STEVEN AVERY IS INNOCENT
12. JIGGY JIGGY BOOM BOOM
13. MATILDA

Added: June 29th 2019
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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Related Link: Ape Shifter II on bandcamp
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Ape Shifter: Ape Shifter II
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2019-06-29 13:07:11
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Ape Shifter II is a fun collection of instrumental rock & metal from the trio known as, well, Ape Shifter. Fans of guitar led 'rawk' with no vocals and a wealth of shredding guitar will find lots to love in tracks such as "Shoegazer", "Mask of the Ancient Warrior", and "7 Years Fat, 7 Years Lean", the riffs huge, and the solos flying high. The band can also bring the funk, as they do on the wah-wah-licious "8 Shot", while "No Chords Allowed, Jonathan" is a perfect excuse to allow guitarist Jeff Aug to solo with reckless abandon over from frantic rhythms courtesy of drummer Kurty Munch & bassist Florian Walter. With so much of this type of music floating around these days, got to give Ape Shifter credit for coming up with some memorable melodies and riffs that stick in your head, as on "Steven Avery is Innocent", a crankin' metal workout that also features some wild soloing from Aug.

Think The Aristocrats meet Joe Satriani and you have a good idea what you are in store for here. Solid stuff!!!



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