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JOURNEY TO THE STARS

Widek

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.00 | 13 ratings

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JohnNicholson
4 stars Widek's second full-length album, Journey to the Stars, is a twelve-track journey of sonic dynamics and contrasts set against a generally spacey atmosphere that runs throughout the album.

Being almost entirely instrumental album (except for the closing song), Journey to the Stars naturally relies heavily on guitars to drive the album. Though this may sound a bit limiting, Widek and the team of guest contributors he invited are able to work their way around this and create something cohesive and interesting that keeps the audience engaged.

Widek constantly plays with structures and dynamics in songs, not only to try to keep things fresh, but also to create new moods and atmospheres to further develop each individual track and give it more character.

One thing that knows how to be pretty annoying about instrumental albums is the lack of control and restrain, as the guitarists often try to put more zeros into their riffs or more notes into their solos. However, Widek doesn't fall into this pit. He demonstrates tasteful restrain and knows when to play melodic passages of riffs. The guest appearances from Chris Letchford, Plini, Gru, Sithu Aye, Owane and Per Nilsson show two things: 1) how quality this album is, and 2) Widek has a damn good taste and knowledge when it comes to pick soloists. All of these guys are top notch performers, and they add another dimension to Journey to the Stars. Together with Widek, they are also able to belt out solid riffs and tasteful lead-guitar playing, often placing the two together to create more interesting colors of mood.

Fans of guitar-driven instrumental music should definitely consider checking this release out. There is a lot of going on, and after his 2014 debut, Widek is proving that the genre's destiny is in good hands.

JohnNicholson | 4/5 |

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