Review Summary: Amazing Solo Album from Ex-Arch Enemy guitarist
Already a big fan of Chris' work on Arch Enemy albums, I was excited to listen to his second solo album reviewed here. I was not disappointed, though it does not sound like AE at all it has the same uplifting, achingly beautiful guitar notes that Chris weaves so wonderfully. I wonder why Chris can't go back to AE and play with his big brother again but I guess that's a good thing as Jeff Loomis is doing a splendid job in AE although restrained. Not to mention Chris does a great job on vocals too.
The album kicks off with 'Sea is Black' which is a soulful mid-tempo rocker with distinct 80s flavours. After 2 more decent songs comes ' Nothing is Nothing' which has one of the best guitar solos I have ever heard. 'Big City' is another song on which Chris really comes out of his comfort zone and shows his bluesy sensibilities.
To summarize Chris has really come out in leaps and bounds in terms of songwriting from his first solo album and really explored musical horizons well outside of his superstar ex band. He also is a part of a very good band called 'Armageddon' worth checking
Sea is Black
Nothing is Nothing: try listening to the guitar solo while stoned, it will take you out of your body.
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