Sound — 9
Jeff Loomis has a very unique voice in the metal community, his blistering leads and his brutal riffs will be stuck in your head for quite a while. This album is a instrumental, and it will definitely go into the vault with some of the best shred records known to date. Jeff is a huge Jason Becker and Marty Friedman fan, and this album proves it. This Album Features: Jeff Loomis - guitar. Mark Arrington - drums. Ron Jarzombek - guitar solo on "Jato Unit". Pat O'Brien - guitar solo on "Race Against Disaster". Michael Manring - bass on "Cashmere Shiv". Neil Kernon - producer, fretless guitar solo on "Cashmere Shiv".
Lyrics — 10
There are no lyrics, this is a instrumental album. I'll list the track listings here: 01. "Shouting Fire at a Funeral" - 4:54 02. "Opulent Maelstrom" - 6:07 03. "Jato Unit" - 4:41 04. "Azure Haze" - 4:59 05. "Cashmere Shiv" - 6:16 06. "Race Against Disaster" - 6:13 07. "Sacristy" - 4:50 08. "Devil Theory" - 6:16 09. "Miles of Machines" - 5:45 10. "Departure" - 3:56
Overall Impression — 9
This album will certainly run along Jason Becker's Perpetual Burn, Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force, Vinnie Moore's Mind's Eye, and the rest of those mind blowing shred records that are still being praised today. Like I mentioned earlier, Jeff is a huge fan of Jason Becker and Marty Friedman, and you can definitely hear that in his phrasing, bends, vibrato, and a bit of his licks. You can also hear heavy influences of Tony MacAlpine and Yngwie Malmsteen. It's not easy to say the most impressive song on the album, a lot of them are very similar, but yet so different. You have 'Miles Of Machines', which is no doubt Jeff's shining glory to show all the players that he will be remembered as one of the top dogs in the shred community, you also have 'Cashmere shiv', and 'Sacristy' which go in a more exotic direction. If you are familiar with any of Nevermore's catalog, you'll definitely hear some Nevermore sounding riffs. The thing I love about this album, is that it's a shred album that was desperately needed in today's guitar community, and fans of Jeff Loomis have been waiting a long time for him to release some sort of solo record. With that being said, this album is not perfect, my biggest complaint is that a bit of the times, it will seem like some songs are being dragged out, and some riffs don't fit in certain places, and the drums could sound more "realistic". If you are a fan of shred, I recommend checking this out. A fan of Jason Becker's playing, check it out, Marty Friedman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine, check this guy out. If you're not a fan of Nevermore, I still suggest giving this a try, the riffs and leads in this album are straight forward metal. If you're not a fan of shred, or aggressive metal, then this album is definitely not for you.