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|4.5 superb||wbilly3814 | November 18th 09|
A new Genre of Metal Guitar Playing.
I read the bio on Gospel of Judas (the band, not yet the album). Billy Bray has the audacity to crown himself the next living Guitar Hero. Of course, I laughed. Every kid wants to be the next living guitar hero, right? But since I get paid to review music, I was therefore compelled to listen to this album pre-release material. To make his point, Bray has a single release title ‘Guitar Hero,’ which was the first cut on the pre-release demo. I got the job of reviewing this material because I’m a guitar player of 30 years.
He made his point. He made it loud and clear. Bray sails through countless riffs, avoiding any common sense scales, but articulates each of what must be a billion hard rocking notes with crystal clarity. He makes the damn thing scream, he makes it talk, even cry. I think he needs to patent that scream, and the cry, there’s no other way to describe it. Rather than arpeggiating notes (sort of cheating to sound like a lot of notes – all too common today) he actually plays brutally and hard, often with bundles of notes, amidst rather unnatural sounds sailing out of nowhere and disappearing just as fast. In the title ‘Guitar Hero,’ the bass and drums lay a backdrop of solid driving rhythm, very punchy, very mean.
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