Andy James
Arrival


5.0
classic

Review

by swipenet USER (2 Reviews)
October 21st, 2018 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Astounding creativity and the culmination of decades of guitar wizardry make Andy James’ latest offering an instant classic.

Andy James, one of the world’s most proficient solo guitarists, has long been overlooked by the masses. Despite now having a fairly sizeable following, he still remains quite underground in comparison to many other related artists. Due to the difficulty of sustaining a living as a musician in such a niche market, it comes as no surprise that Andy has found other sources of income through collaboration, being a band member, and by giving guitar lessons. Nonetheless, Andy’s talent has been widely recognized by the guitar community and the man has received quite a few heavy endorsements, allowing him to continue producing his own music.

It may seem doubtful that an album written and produced in just a year would live up to the likes of his Psychic Transfusion EP and self-titled LP, especially given that the successor to the latter (‘Exodus’) came out 6 years later and was lackluster by comparison, but ‘Arrival’ absolutely does. With a newfound sense of melody and incredibly dynamic passages, tones, and techniques throughout its entirety, ‘Arrival’ is a firm indication that Andy has carefully and masterfully written a record that is as enjoyable as it is impressive. Nothing becomes repetitive, nothing feels out of place, the shredding sections of which there are many are exceptionally tasteful, and every chorus elevates its respective track to the point of musical ecstasy. Suffice to say, anyone who enjoys shredding and/or instrumental metal should find this album extremely pleasurable.

If I could not choose all of the tracks here, I would pick the following as personal favorites:
’85, As I Fall, Droneoid, A Plan for Us, Shattered and Broken


user ratings (39)
Chart.
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swipenet
October 20th 2018


2980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Obviously I'm a huge fan of this guy, and all I hope to gain from this is giving him more exposure.

Digging: Aephanemer - Prokopton

bloc
October 20th 2018


55080 Comments


Oh shiiiiiit, might check this.

Dude's one of the cleanest shredders in the game

Digging: The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

swipenet
October 20th 2018


2980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

\m/

Thanks for the pos if it was you btw

bloc
October 21st 2018


55080 Comments


Who else would it be bro m/

swipenet
October 21st 2018


2980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

:D

Dmax28
October 21st 2018


500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea Exodus is his only album I have heard all the way through besides this one and it was hit and miss for me. But Arrival kicks ass all the way through. I had no idea this was coming out either. Love it

swipenet
October 21st 2018


2980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Hell yeah dude! Happy to have brought it to your attention :]

MuhNamesTyler
October 24th 2018


6514 Comments


Love this dude, didn’t know the album was coming out either

Pos

swipenet
October 24th 2018


2980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks man!

Scheumke
October 25th 2018


530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this was pretty damn entertaining. Good stuff!

Digging: Glen Hansard - This Wild Willing

swipenet
October 25th 2018


2980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Cheers man, glad you dug it!

swipenet
October 27th 2018


2980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Damn, a lot of "I didn't love this" ratings (sadface)

Kaiwaz
October 27th 2018


8737 Comments


sick review, pos'd. Need to check when I get the chance for sure.

swipenet
October 28th 2018


2980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks man, hope ya dig!

Asura14
December 18th 2018


205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man, teenager me would have loved this so so much... Not dissing the album, I dig it, but I used to be really into this kind of stuff when I was younger

Digging: Anonymuz - Urameshi

swipenet
December 18th 2018


2980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

No worries man, glad you like it! One of us has to be the fanboy lol, it helps he released his s/t when I was 16 and it was the best album ever for me.

Scheumke
January 4th 2019


530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I keep coming back to this one every now and then and every time I feel the same: This is better than it has any right to be. And then I forget about it for a month or so until I rediscover it again.

bloc
January 20th 2019


55080 Comments


https://youtu.be/lMFZ7BER6j0?list=WL

His new sig guitar is fugly as hell, but damn this new track is really good

swipenet
January 20th 2019


2980 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

\m/ @Scheumke

Honestly bloc I like his red sig guitar (he has it in multiple accents), but I agree that I'm not a huge fan of the green one. Hell yeah man, he's a great songwriter \m/



bloc
January 21st 2019


55080 Comments


Never was a fan of black guitars with like a single coloured accent everywhere



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