Paul Wardingham
Assimilate Regenerate


4.5
superb

Review

by Lambda USER (68 Reviews)
August 9th, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


Well, this was a surprise. I had never heard of Paul Wardingham until I received a recommendation from someone to check this record out; and I'm glad I did, because this is one of the best albums of the year and a stunning debut from a very impressive musician.

The whole album is just very solid. There isn't any discernible filler, and that is made even more impressive by the fact that this record is nearly an hour long. Quite lengthy for an instrumental guitar virtuoso album, to be sure, but this is such a dense, layered, and detailed release that the long running time is fitting. And, perhaps even more importantly, the album never gets boring. The soloing is absolutely fantastic throughout, and the cerebral use of synths across the album add to it immensely; they not only contribute to the "space-y" atmosphere of the record, but also aren't too over the top or cheesy at any point, which can sometimes happen. Furthermore, the drums have a great sound to them (whether they were programmed or not I don't know,) and the guitar tone on here is incredible.

Another thing I like about this album is the fact that Wardingham knows when to show restraint. Not every second of every song is filled with lightning-speed sweeping and arpeggios; he uses his skill skillfully. In particular, "Fields of Utopia" and "Orbital Decay" really demonstrate this. He doesn't use his phenomenal guitar playing skills to cover up poor songwriting, he uses them to enhance the piece whenever they fit. Plus, since the guitar shredding isn't used too frequently, it makes it all the more sweet when it does show up. The CD also has a high replay value: you'll want to come back and listen to this again and again.

From the masterful songwriting and playing, to the atmosphere the album gives off, to the replayability, to the great production, everything about "Assimilate Regenerate" is pretty much right on the money. Other than a couple of fairly unnoteworthy spots, this album is extremely solid from beginning to end, and is definitely one of the best records of the year so far. Check this out: you won't regret it. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to listen to it again.



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Lambda
August 9th 2011


2466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Added the track listing. This is a fantastic album.

Parallels
August 9th 2011


6643 Comments


short review

Lambda
August 9th 2011


2466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I chose my words carefully ;)

MO
August 9th 2011


18991 Comments


Definitely a great instrumental album. There's been alot of them coming out but this one's a standout.

pizzamachine
August 9th 2011


12571 Comments


Finally a review for this, nice. : )

Acanthus
August 9th 2011


9545 Comments


Giving this a listen now, pretty damn great so far.

Digging: MO - No Mythologies To Follow

Lambda
August 9th 2011


2466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, there have been a lot of instrumental releases this year, this one's near the top of the pile however.

And yeah pizzamachine, I finally got around to writing this, haha.

Thanks for the pos' guys!

jayfatha
August 9th 2011


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is pretty fun. Brings tha junz. Pos'd

Lambda
August 9th 2011


2466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks!

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2011


8387 Comments


Album's way too cheesy at points, but the man can definitely play, I'll give him that.

sexpoi
August 9th 2011


599 Comments


i'm glad solo guitarists are making a comeback in the modern era. i'll definitely give this a listen, pos

bloc
August 9th 2011


34998 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album's pretty cool. theacademy showed it to me.

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Lambda
August 10th 2011


2466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually think it does a pretty good job at NOT being too cheesy

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2011


8387 Comments


Nope, some of the industrial parts on here are as cheesy as they come.

Lambda
August 10th 2011


2466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Meh

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2011


28781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

holy fuck i didn't even see that someone reviewed this

pos!

Lambda
December 11th 2011


2466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks duuude : D

LoneWanderer
December 11th 2011


180 Comments


"Fields of Utopia" is an amazing track...the rest of the album rules too...Well done with the review too man..

pos'd

Lambda
December 13th 2011


2466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks! And yeah, I agree; "Fields of Utopia" is incredible.

Imperial
December 21st 2011


1738 Comments


Didn't pay much attention to this album till I saw a video of him slaying one of the tunes. A shred album you can actually listen too. On par with Jeff Loomis' solo LP I'd say.



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