Gus Drax
In Search Of Perfection


4.5
superb

Review

by The Writer Ov This Review USER (49 Reviews)
March 31st, 2010 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You ever hear an album that slays so hard you can't help but smile ear to ear? Yeah, this is one of those.

Gus Drax is a 22 year old Greek guitarist. This is his first full-length album. Not only does this guy have the chops to burn up the frets but he is also a good enough writer to keep the listener entertained through the playtime of the album. For people in search of soaring leads this would certainly be considered top priority. Gus Drax handles the guitar with a certain precision that could only be withheld by someone who has the utmost understanding for the instrument. His style is very mature and has a sense of melody that is without a doubt eyecatching.

With all that being said the tempos on the album vary. The track In Loving Memory opens with a slow, almost dreary style that is delivered with much emotion over the sound of some great piano playing to create an atmosphere that isn't brought on often by an instrumental album. The track later on reaches and epic climax which seems to be a reoccurring pattern throughout the album, not to say that this is a bad thing in fact it happens to be the best thing about the album as a whole.

In Search Of Perfection has it's heavier moments, an example of this would be Hourglass. On this track Gus Drax hops around the fretboard like nobodies business while a chunky riff pounds away in the background, while listening to the song it is almost hard to believe that anyone could pick up a guitar and play something cohesive at that speed. Moments like these will have you near convinced that Gus Drax is simply a well designed robot.

While the other instruments on the album do contribute the main focus is always on the guitarist which is to be expected considering he is the attraction that anyone listening to this album came to hear. That being said the track 1000 Nights gets started off right with a some very catchy funk bass playing, this intro does an excellent job setting the more upbeat tone the song takes. Another track with a more upbeat atmosphere would be Vitality which opens up with a riff that almost sounds like something AC/DC would've played back in the day, this riff surprisingly fits in well with Gus Drax dynamic playing style. At about three minutes in his tone takes a drastic change and it almost sounds as though he is a metal snakecharmer.

Some people might avoid this due to the fact that it is an instrumental album. In Search Of Perfection is just as catchy and attention grabbing as the majority of new releases that include vocals so the people avoiding this should just take a chance and check it out. Afterwards they'll find themselves attempting to hum the infectious leads that Gus Drax throws at you the entire record, and while listening it seems as though everything is sticking.

Overall Gus Drax earns himself the most solid 4.5 out of 5 I can give. Anyone who plays guitar or is a fan of metal and shred in general should do themselves a favor and get this as soon as possible. Without a doubt In Search Of Perfection is the most epic thing to come out so far in 2010 so far and one of the best instrumental albums period.



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combustion07
March 31st 2010


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've never feel in love with a record as quick as I have with this. As a guitarist myself (a shitty one) I envy this guy so much. Might bump to a 5 in the future. I've listening to this almost 10 times within 24 hours *jizz*

bloozclooz
March 31st 2010


1770 Comments


You ever hear an album that slays so hard you can't help but smile ear to ear?

lol whitechapel reference

combustion07
March 31st 2010


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also sorry for this being so short, normally my reviews focus more on confining each instrument on the album and giving my thoughts on them, but with this the focus is just mainly on the guitarwork. Feedback would be great.


Edit: lol

bloozclooz
March 31st 2010


1770 Comments


are those tie fighters on the album art? also, the first two sentences don't flow very well, read more like a cat with a tin can tied to his tail, rest of it is good,

pos'd and all that nonsense.

Vampolka
March 31st 2010


163 Comments


How is that a Whitechapel reference? Because they have a song called 'Ear to Ear?' Whitechapel didn't
invent that.

Album sounds decent.

combustion07
March 31st 2010


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Based on your pie chart I think you'd dig it.

ikarus
April 1st 2010


562 Comments


shred albums, ima give this a listen most def.

Zoo
April 1st 2010


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, so you liked this then. Check out anything else from the list?

combustion07
April 1st 2010


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah so far I've heard Ea, Carach Angren, Spazmosity, and I'm about to get the new Alcest.

Zoo
April 1st 2010


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet dude, how was Ea?

combustion07
April 1st 2010


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome, I'm about to give it another listen I'd say it is about a 4 at least.

2010 is a damn good year for metal so far, at least compared to 09 around this time.

Zoo
April 1st 2010


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes it is, although I don't think people give last year enough credit.

combustion07
April 1st 2010


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah last year was pretty good. I'm amped for later this year though, mainly for Atheist and hopefully a new Necrophagist, its gotta happen eventually. I suppose part of the reason I prefer this year so far is the fact that I wasn't on sputnik often last year I missed alot of the good releases I'm sure.

Zoo
April 1st 2010


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

check out my '09 list and you should be straight

combustion07
April 1st 2010


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just favorited it, I have officially have more music to check out than my hard drive can handle. Time to clean this shit out

Zoo
April 1st 2010


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hdd's are gettin cheap, just saw a special on newegg for a 1tb for $70

progmetalhero
April 3rd 2010


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is simply awesome and Gus is one nice guy, got a signed copy with a dedication! Read the first review of all on progmetalhero http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/photo.php?pid=4832865&o=all&op=1&view=all&subj=312357292156&aid=-1&id=742705038

combustion07
April 3rd 2010


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah he seemed pretty cool, told me he checked out the review

lobby
April 5th 2010


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck this slays

combustion07
April 5th 2010


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Exactly, I've got a feeling this guy is going to get big real soon.



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