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Viljanen, Elias: Taking the Lead (Reissue)
Elias Viljanen Taking the Lead debut album new music review

Viljanen, Elias: Taking the Lead

Instrumental (Metal) Guitar
4.0/5.0

Fans of guitar virtuosity may recognize this reissue of Taking the Lead, the 2002 instrumental debut of Sonata Arctica guitarist Elias Viljanen. The album was well-received for Viljanen fine guitar technique and ability to weave melodic compositions around that same shredding. So why the reissue by Lion Music? This album is being packaged with a seven song DVD live set from Viljanen called Evil Spirit Live, and includes material from his second project The Leadstar (2005) as well.

While the Taking the Lead shows Viljanen's formidable skill on the fret board, we already know that. It's likely guitar fiends know the album and have it. If you don't, you should look for this package. However, I didn't receive the DVD for review. Therefore, I have no reason to comment on what is the significant purpose, and feature, of the reissue. Otherwise, as said earlier, Taking the Lead is fine material, and a must for guitar lovers.







In Short

The reissue of Elias Viljanen's Taking the Lead (2002) by Lion Music offers the addition of a seven song DVD live set. I didn't receive this, so I cannot comment the principal purpose of the reissue. Nevertheless, Viljanen shows his exceptional talent on the CD.

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