Brazilian guitar virtuoso Carlos Lichman makes no bones about his guitar style. One visit to his Myspace account reveals all: under Interests/Music is one word, Shred! And that Mr. Lichman does quite well on his debut Firestorm. His influences include Marty Friedman, Rusty Cooley, and Tony MacAlpine to name several. He's quick, sometimes heavy, but most often just plain aggressive (in a good way) in his approach. Lichman amazes on blistering pieces like 'Shred Dogs,' 'Key To The Shred City,' and the monumental, if not self-indulgent, 'Intense Guitar Playing.' Without doubt, Lichman lacks neither talent or determination.
However, neither does he lack redundancy. When he shreds, Lichman really shreds. But we've heard that before. Where Lichman delivers his best work is when the song composition tempers the fret fireworks. This happens in the middle of the album on much more versatile, pleasing and less repetitious 'Just Rock It,' 'Endless,' and 'Drug Dealers.' Special mention should be made of Lichman's maturity when inviting some noteworthy talent to assist him. This includes Argentinean guitarist Pablo G. Soler and Italian shredmeister Francesco Fareri, and American jazz fusion guitarist Jim Horne.
Lovers of all things shred should grab Carlos Lichman's Firestorm. He can rip and roar with best, both past and present, giving them all and their arpeggios a run for their money. Very recommended!
Lovers of all things shred should grab Carlos Lichman's Firestorm. He can rip and roar with best, both past and present, giving them all and their arpeggios a run for their money.
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