JONAS TAMAS - Sharp Guitars From A Flat Planet

Jonas Tamas - Sharp Guitars From A Flat Planet

12 songs
64:10 minutes
***** *


A little more than twenty years ago, heavy metal guitarists all of a sudden decided that it was time to release a myriad of instrumental solo albums to the world. At first it was fascinating to hear the likes of Marty Friedman and Jason Becker enchant their audiences with incredible six-string wizardry, but like every other trend, guitar shredding disappeared from the main playground and has ever since been restricted to an obscure fan base that is probably able to recognise every time signature and scale change.

Jonas Tamas is an undeniably excellent guitarist from Hungary, and like many other great shredders before him, he also started out in a band, in his case Wind’s Eye. His first solo album comes with a title – Sharp Guitars From A Flat Planet – that doesn’t beat around the bush and announces instantly what to expect, although Jonas Tamas is smart enough not to limit himself on speed excesses. At times we get neo-classical arpeggio eruptions la Yngwie Malmsteen, and quite often he relies on more moody pieces that remind of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. This should be enough to pinpoint the artist’s target audience.

So far, so good! But honestly, if you are not a musician yourself, it will be hard or even impossible for you to recognise and hence enjoy the beauty of the Locrian Natural 6 scale or a 7/8 time signature played over a 4/4 time signature and chromatic sixteenth notes. Not that I did, I only copied this from the CD info. And this is the album’s inherent weakness: non-musicians will certainly like what they hear on Sharp Guitars From A Flat Planet, because Jonas Tamas always keeps accessibility in mind, but without a vocals, it’s hard to keep the different songs apart from each other, so that this long album risks of losing the interest of the less educated listener. This is still a good effort that even though self-released comes with a more than decent sound, and I have no doubt that the small but faithful shredder scene will be delighted at Jonas Tamas’ inspired range of playing techniques.

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