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OHM

Ohm

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.79 | 18 ratings

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Finnforest
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4 stars So you think you know who your favorite guitarist is?

With all of the lovers of technical shred we have on this site I am amazed this album has but a few reviews. While in the jazz-fusion category this CD has all of the monster shred and techno gymnastics that should make it thrill fans of Jazz-Fusion, Prog-Metal, King Crimson, Karcius, and hard rock alike. I'm not all that familiar with Megadeth but Chris Poland can play a little guitar. Pagliari and Eagle round out a power-trio that spells nirvana for lovers of complex instrumental rock music.

It took me a while to warm to this band which I find to be common when music is mathematical in nature. But warm one does after a few spins. I love that the booklet states emphatically that the "drum tracks are recorded live, one pass, no overdubs, no electronics or midi devices." I wonder how many other top tier drummers out there can make the same statement about their last album. And yes, the drums are fantastic..all of the playing is killer. I also have to mention the album cover which is one of the coolest photographs I've seen in ages.

My favorite tracks are Love Song, Between Us, and Bastille Day (not a Rush cover.) Unlike some fusion players who can come off a bit emotionally cold, Poland's playing is nearly always expressive and open, quite often warm and optimistic. The lovely "Sister Cheryl" is an example of this with the backing acoustic guitar and leads that say far more than any vocals could.

There are a few moments that border on excessive wankery but luckily they are the exception and not the rule. What I like about this album is that Ohm are musicians who play well enough to be snobs but their music is not snobbish. It has a sense of humor and of playfulness.

Recommended to all who like to be wow-ed by masterful playing. Those folks will not be disappointed by Ohm.

Finnforest | 4/5 |

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