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Rapaport, Greg - Azrael Block (9/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Instrumental Metal
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 75:15
Band homepage: Rapaport, Greg

Tracklist:

  1. Azrael Block
  2. Sever >mp3
  3. Tech Support
  4. Interlude A
  5. Skitzophraniac >mp3
  6. Uncle Knucklez
  7. Flatline
  8. Interlude B
  9. Deceiving The Industry
  10. Difunct
  11. Dinner And Dancing
  12. No Solace >mp3
Rapaport, Greg - Azrael Block

A lot of times, solo albums by guitarists normally end up sounding like extended scale exercises and arpeggio patterns with monotonous rhythm guitar riffs, pointless bass lines and simple drums. The record does more to show how fast the guitar player can play, instead of focusing on how well he/she can write songs.

 

Then there is Greg Rapaport, a 7 string guitar player from Cortland, New York, who’s written an album that contains songs actually worth listening to. For 75 minutes, the music on this album captivates you with all its moods, feelings, funk and groove.

 

Greg did everything on this CD, including the recording and the artwork and everything is done with very high quality. The cover art is gorgeous, all instruments are heard clearly and the drum machine sounds alive.

 

The best part about this release is that the songs are diverse and catchy and are actually structured as songs. Each song successfully portrays an image using melodies (“Flatline” is about someone drifting in and out of consciousness during his last moments in a hospital, “Deceiving The Industry” is a story about a mechanical being taking control of the planet, etc.) and it is all done successfully. I’m not going to break down each song for you, but each song has a distinct theme to it and it is kept and, more importantly, built upon as the song progresses. The bass has its own voice on this release, more often than not playing groovy lines that do nothing but enhance the feel of the music. You can tell Mr. Rapaport gave more weight for the overall mood of the song, instead of showing off his skills.

 

If you want to hear an interesting, catchy and diverse instrumental CD, this one is for you. (Online August 3, 2004)

Armen Janjanian



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