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Proudly carries the genre's baton, and reinforces the fact that highly technical, guitar-centric music will never perish.

Successfully distilling some of the iconic personalities of the modern day Shred movement, 'Blue Lightning' by Evan (aka Evan K) will immediately resonate to many aspiring Rock guitarists. The album opens with the acoustic 'Rising Properties', which will draw immediate comparison to 'Black Star', the preamble which ushered in the Neo-Classical Shred guitar movement for Yngwie J. Malmsteen's 'Rising Force'. The song is followed by 'Into The Night', a double-bass juggernaut featuring some nimble interplay with keyboardist Bob Katsionis (Firewind), which also draws resemblance to that landmark recording as executed by the fleet-fingered pair of Jens Johansson and Malmsteen. The eight minute plus mini opus entitled 'Orchestra Of Withered Clouds' is a particular highlight, and clearly illustrates Evan's compositional talents. On the title track, his deft right hand pays homage to John Petrucci's sense of phrasing and accomplished alternate picking. It's also another fine example of his ability to write with a European Power Metal flair and features some of his strongest melodic ideas.

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Evan's ode to Jason Becker and the highly influential 'Perpetual Burn' is most apparent on 'Skies Of Shred', which showcases his massive sweeping chops and colorful use of chromaticism. Out of the nine tracks, the last three include vocals, with the best and most diverse being the penultimate track, the ballad 'One Last Time'. All are not as consistent, however, for the biggest miss comes in the form of the closer, a cover of Black 's 'Everything Is Coming Up Roses'. The vocals are delivered in a style similar to the late Pete Steele (Type-O-Negative) and are just out of step with the rest of the album. Although the inclusion of several vocal tracks offers a nice change from all the musical gymnastics, it would have suited Evan better to have constructed an entirely instrumental album. While the talented 21 year old has garnered multiple musical equipment endorsements, and possesses an impressive vocabulary of chops, his playing ultimately falls more in line with imitation over innovation.

Regardless, for those who still lust after the golden age of "Shred", Evan is your guy. 'Blue Lightning' proudly carries the genre's baton, and reinforces the fact that highly technical, guitar-centric music will never perish.

Brent Rusche

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