Sound — 10
Being sold exclusively on his website, Dream Theater guitarist, John Petrucci's first solo album "Suspended Animation" doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. The album is a mix between Joe Satriani's and Steve Morse's instrumental records, but has alot more metal based riffs and grooves. Due to his virtuosity, Petrucci doesn't stick with only one playing style. His technical abilities and precision are well known as being second to none, arguably the best around. But on "Suspended Animation" it's Petrucci's sense of melody that shines through. Standout tracks, such as "Glasgow Kiss" and "Wishful Thinking" really shows his incredible range, but as does the more groovy "Jaws Of Life" and "Damage Control" while "Tunnel Vision" and "Curve" can be compared to Joe Satriani's "Raspberry Jam Delta-V" and songwriting on "The Extremist" album. All eight tracks on "Suspended Animation" really certifies John Petrucci as being one of the greatest guitar heroes.
Lyrics — 10
Instrumental album. No lyrics needed, anyway.
Overall Impression — 10
"Suspended Animation" is one of the greatest instrumental rock albums of the last decade or so. It's definitely as good as great instrumental albums such as Joe Satriani's "The Extremist," Steve Vai's "Passion And Warfare" and Steve Morse's work in Dixie Dregs and Steve Morse Band. Having Dave LaRue on bass guitar also gives the music a whole new dimension.