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Perkins, Dallas: Experimental Truth

Guitarist Dallas Perkins is an excellent player, and is out to impress with his speedy legato runs, and layered harmony leads. The tracks have an overt metal quality, but he does incorporate other musical elements. Atmospheric moments are utilized with keyboards as a backdrop for his soloing during the brief “Deus XM” as an example. The shredding comes on full bore during “Mexican Puppets” and is followed up with the heavy but brief “Monolith”.

Perkins handles everything except drum duties which are shared between Fernando Jaramillo and David “Chilli” Moreno. “Inter Meshing Spectra” lacks a cohesive feel; it veers in and out of different sections and doesn’t blend well, and the abrupt stops and starts don’t help. A little hint of his inner Brian May comes out in this track. “Azul” feels more like an idea than a fully realized song, with more of those Brian May layers being used. “In Via Domum” offers a much needed break as a short acoustic piece and the disc closes with “Jagwired” which falls back into familiar territory. As a player, Perkins is highly skilled, but for me the songs don’t draw me in. However, I think fans of heavy instrumental guitar will find much to appreciate.

Track List:

  1. Beck Street
  2. Deus XM
  3. Dynamic Equilibrium
  4. Mexican Puppets
  5. Monolith
  6. Inter Meshing Spectra
  7. Azul
  8. In Via Domum
  9. Jagwired

Added: March 8th 2023
Reviewer: Eric Porter
Related Link: Artist Website
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Language: english

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