Williams, James : Eclectic Shred


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Williams, James : Eclectic Shred- Eclectic Shred Records

Some of you might recall the scintillating guitar work on the neo-prog album “The Epiphany” by X-Opus on Magna Carta Records. Well hang on to your hats, shred monster James Williams has released his first solo instrumental record and wow, does it smoke.

The playing is furious and the notes fly on this epic slab where the vibe balances between full on neo-classical shred and metal fusion. James is adept at these genres and all stops in between as he throws off, seemingly effortlessly, riffs reminiscent certainly of Malmsteen, but also of Carlton, Beck and DiMeola. The title track IMMEDIATELY had me thinking of Andy James.

What sets this apart however, is the interesting composition and melody behind the songs. I am betting many of these tunes have been quite some time in the making and that James worked extra hard to make his first solo offering something memorable indeed.

Guest performances include Mike Lepond (Symphony X) on bass and Matt Guillory (Labrie,Malmsteen) on keyboards. The gang rips through the full on shred approach of B17 Flying Fortress  and then deftly handles  the subtler prog approach in songs like Europa and Journey to Andromeda. One thing is consistent….Jame’s fretwork slashes and burns throughout, this is the best guitar record I have heard this year to date bar none. Highly recommended.

Rating:  4.5/5

Track Listing:

  1. 1.B 17 Flying Fortress
  2. 2.Keltoi
  3. 3.Dropa Stones
  4. 4.Unborn Massacre
  5. 5.Auschwitz
  6. 6.Eclectic Shred
  7. 7.Cruise Control
  8. 8.Maxwell’s Castle
  9. 9.Europa
  10. 10.Journey to Andromeda

http://www.jameswilliamseclecticshred.com/


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  1. Nice review I appreciate the kind words ,but my first solo album was X Opus The Epiphany where I played every instrument … for what its worth : ) God bless

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