It's the time for the final releases from Lion Music in 2009 and, as expected, one of those releases is an instrumental guitar project. This time around it's The Absolute from Serbian born guitar virtuoso Borislav Mitic; his first album since his 1999 self-titled work on Shrapnel Records. Mr. Mitic's believes The Absolute to be his best work to date with his goal being to deliver a technical shredding display over a heavy metal foundation. Mitic has succeeded on both points. Mitic's fret expertise is unquestionable on The Absolute. With rhythms, riffs, and exquisite fingerboard play, Mitic brings some stirring arrangements not the least of which include The Absolute, Hidden, The Prize of Eternity. As for the heavy metal foundation, there's nothing here that smacks of progressive or fusion or simple melodic hard rock, for that matter. It's all epic shredding guitar metal. Ultimately, however and what makes The Absolute one of the better shred guitar albums of 2009 is Mitic's deft blend of fret fire and lightning. Next to Joe Stump's most recent Virtuostic Vendetta, Borislav's The Absolute is in my top three of best traditional shred guitar albums of 2009. Dig it.