Expect the unexpected with Dylan Brennan's Bullet Ride. The CD's back cover shows Mr. Brennan striking a pose with guitar, his trusty musical weapon of choice. But don't expect another guitar virtuoso merely burning up the fret board with his magical widdling. Well, there is that: Brennan has wits and licks to both impress and stymie any neo-classical guitar whiz. So what makes Bullet Ride so unexpectedly different (at least for me)?
Brennan successfully merges his thrilling fret work with a tapestry of techno/industrial music equal to anything playing in a German or French rave club. Frankly, for someone like myself who generally cannot stand that techno shit, Brennan is not only brilliant, but convincing. I enjoyed Bullet Ride and Brennan's loving, nearly mystical, presentation of his guitar skills on this work, with nods to War Parade, Derailed, Bullet Ride, and I Am Me. Most songs are deceptively brief, little over three minutes each, betraying the power and intensity within. Conversely, the dense electronica and heavy techno beat, sometimes disguises, overwhelms, or even discourages, Brennan's fine guitar work. You must listen carefully to hear his studied nuances. If you're a lover of pure instrumental guitar works, you may be frustrated by Brennan's Bullet Ride. Otherwise, Bullet Ride is a real pleasure, a stroke of inventive creativity.
If you're a lover of pure instrumental guitar works, you may be frustrated by Brennan's Bullet Ride. Otherwise, Bullet Ride is a real pleasure, a stroke of inventive creativity.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]