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Majoros, Bill: Alignment

Guitarist Bill Majoros is certainly keeping himself very busy these days, as Alignment is his third instrumental rock CD release in the last year. While in other artists' hands this amount of output might result in overkill, but Majoros manages to keep things fresh with great melodies, soaring keyboard orchestrations, and amazing fuzz- toned guitar chops.

Songs like "Swinging With the Monkey" and "The Moment" have a real cool Joe Satriani vibe to them, as Majoros mixes bouncy keyboard melodies with electronic drums for an almost dance feel, then comes bursting though the mix with some fat, melodic solos. For fans of shred guitar, there is a track called "Live Solo", which harkens back to the 80's when every guitar player would include a solo spot on their album to show off some chops of doom. Majoros is no exception, as here he lays down torrents of scales and whammy bar theatrics, showing off his speed and dexterity. "Liquid Sunshine" is a moody blues rocker, featuring some emotional acoustic and electric guitar work, while "Sunriser" is perhaps the surprise of the CD. This tune produces an amalgam of different sounds, from offbeat keyboards to Asian influenced strings, and comes across quite majestic, and certainly not what I would have expected here. There's even some new age meets techno on the title track, which reminded me of one of Satriani's recent releases.

Those expecting another one of those "let me show you what I can do" masturbatory guitar albums will be quite surprised by this latest from Bill Majoros. Yes, he can shred, as evidenced by "Launch" or "Imminent, Part 1 & 2", but this musician is more about melodies and creating different sounds that he is trying to show off his chops. Even with the sort of "home made" production, this is still a professional and enjoyable release from a musician who is just bursting with ideas

Added: January 29th 2003
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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