Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ewan Dobson -Acoustic Metal

Ewan Dobson will blow your mind. He is an incredibly talented musician from Toronto who plays acoustic guitar music with a metal attitude. His instrumental works turn him into a veritable unplugged Jason Becker, a master of the guitar and a true virtuoso Ewan Dobsons new record Acoustic Metal is a sprawling double album that represents one of the greatest musical achievements of the year. The songs seem stripped down at first yet after a while one comes to accept the incredible virtuosity that is to be found in Dobsons playing, an incredible talent that is hard to forget.

What really sets this album apart is the incredible fretboard mastery of Mr. Dobson. The way his hands fly across the neck on songs like Wizard in the Wind is truly something to be reckoned with. Factored into this is that more than half of the music on this double album is only acoustic guitar and you see how Dobson truly is a metal force. Even if the songs might not be traditionally called 'metal' the feeling behind them and the general atmosphere around the music makes it seem like something that would go on Shrapnel Records back in the 80s. In other words, while Acoustic Metal is very unique, it should still appeal to fans of shred.

To wrap it up, if you're looking for a really cool guitar record reminiscent of a combination of Nicolo Paganini and Marty Friedman then Acoustic Metal is the record for you. This record seems to be just another in a long line of guitar releases, showing that Dobson is worthy of mounting the pantheon along with Satriani, Govan, and Becker. A true guitar lord Acoustic Metal leaves you only wanting more, proving once and for all that trve shred will never die but only rise again harder and stronger proving that the music of the old guitar gods influence will forever live on.

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