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Xander Demos - Guitarcadia

Xander Demos
Guitarcadia
by YngwieViking at 09 May 2012, 9:10 PM

It’s hard to believe that this album was recorded last year, as the sound, and even the style, is much more settled in the early 90’s than nothing else… C.J. Snare from FIREHOUSE has mixed and mastered that CD… Maybe it’s the reason… But don’t get me wrong, this Vintage flavour isn’t a bad point as, I'm a nostalgic s.o.b. quarantine Metal Maniac!

You can enjoy some great lead-guitar here, and even some good motherf***n’ shreddin’… Because Xander can surely play… He can play even quite fast… But the song structures are very integrated and the melodic-themes are always the essential center part of those. Only “Woodshed Sonata” is an exception to that rule as it’s a self-indulgent but jubilant ad-lib Shredding cut.

It’s a mostly instrumental album, but the singer on “Under a Darkened Sky’’ is pretty solid and the track itself one of the main song and the foundation of that interesting self-produced CD. The other vocal track is "Boys Of Summer" a more traditional rocking thing with a good MR BIG guitar / Bass duet. CHRIS DE BURG’s cover song isn’t exactly what I expected but at the end it seems to please me quite well! Naming a guitar-players list as influence is useless, as I think the whole GUITAR HERO spectrum is covered…

Xander seems to be a very open-minded and a cool guy, so don’t hesitate to order directly to him this record. He is lately playing with 'US METAL legend' Bill Lionel aka James Rivera’s tribute band SABBATH JUDAS SABBATH… Another cool band for Hell Rats people like me!

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Right Angles
2. Nothing Major
3. Under A Darkened Sky
4. White Knuckle Driving
5. Guitarcadia
6. Woodshed Sonata
7. Boys Of Summer
8. Chase The Sun
9. Metagalactic
10. Lady In Red
Lineup:
Xander Demos - Lead Guitar
Kevin Rasel - Lead Vocals
Mike Sciullo - Lead Vocals
Matt Williams- Bass
Mike Stover - Drums
Dean Minerva - Drums
Chris Batton – Drums
Adam Heusey - Keyboards
Record Label: Independent
     


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