BAND/AUTHOR:

JOHN PETRUCCI

(UNITED STATES)

TITLE:
TERMINAL VELOCITY (2020)
LABEL:
AUTRE LABEL
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE METAL / GUITAR HERO

"John Petrucci offers us here an eclectic and coherent solo album, melodic and full of optimism. An album worthy of his exceptional talent."
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At the beginning of the 90s, the Shred was no longer popular. The fashion was for grunge, dirty guitar sounds and minimalist solos. Yet it was right at that time that Dream Theater laid the foundations of modern progressive metal with the album "Images And Words". All progressive metal fans wondered where this extraordinary band could come from, and all the guitarists rushed to the record cover to find out the name of this unknown shredder able to combine with so much technical talent and musicality. Thirty years later, grunge is almost dead, supplanted by an alternative rock of which nobody really knows how to define the contours, progressive metal is more alive than ever and John Petrucci has become one of the most influential and respected guitarists on the planet. His secrets? Hard work, a constant practice of his instrument, a bulimia of composition and a lot of talent.

And it takes talent to master so much of his musical discourse. Let all those who indulge in the sterile debate of "it plays fast so it lacks feeling" listen carefully to "Terminal Velocity". They may understand that this statement makes no sense, and in any case, they will see how a guitarist who has perfect mastery of his instrument can transcribe into music exactly the emotions he wishes to share with the listener.

On "Terminal Velocity", the emotion that dominates is undoubtedly joy. It is the most optimistic and positive album you will hear this year. That's also the secret of genius: to take the opposite side of the times. Because even though John Petrucci had already tested some of the songs on stage during the G3 tour in 2018, including 'Happy Song' and 'Glassy-Eyed Zombies', most of the songs were composed during the confinement. There's no question of moping. The quarantine and the cancellation of the Dream Theater tour allowed the guitarist to refine his second solo album, fifteen years after "Suspended Animation".

The fact is that in fifteen years, John Petrucci has matured. His style has asserted itself, as well as his personality. Of course, his influences are still strong, especially Joe Satriani's influence on the track 'Happy Song'. But not to the point of being a copy, as was the case of a song like 'Tunnel Vision' on 'Suspended Animation' for example. No, "Terminal Velocity" is the album of a guitarist at the top of his art who has perfectly digested his influences, notably Al Di Meola and Steve Morse who forged his extraordinary playing in alternate picking, and who, like all the greats, has become over time recognizable among a thousand.

All Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment fans will revel in the riffs of 'The Oddfather', 'Glassy-Eyed Zombies' or 'Temple Of Circadia' (very close to the song 'Bridges In The Sky' from Dream Theater's album "A Dramatic Turn of Events"). Anyone who loves eclecticism will notice how John Petrucci can play everything: romantic and emotional blues (the magnificent 'Out Of The Blue'), groovy hard rock ('Snake In My Boot'), flamenco (the extraordinary and very progressive 'Gemini' on which Dave LaRue gives all the measure of his talent as a bass player). And all lovers of instrumental guitar can only bow to the surgical precision with which John Petrucci puts his extraordinary technique at the service of melody and the joy of playing ('Happy Song', 'The Way Things Fall', 'Terminal Velocity').

And of course, "Terminal Velocity" marks John's reunion with Mike Portnoy, ten years after his departure from Dream Theater. And even if this damn covid prevented the musicians from recording together in the studio, forcing them to send each other the musical tracks from a distance, the emotion is more than once at the rendezvous listening to the complicity between these two monsters of technique and feeling. As usual, the prestigious drummer does a remarkable job on the whole album, putting all his science of polyrhythm at the service of the compositions and their musicality and even paying a vibrant tribute to Rush on the joyful 'The Way Things Fall'.

The history of the instrumental guitar is marked by a number of must-have albums: "Crystal Planet" and "The Extremist" by Joe Satriani, "Passion And Warfare" by Steve Vai, "Perpetual Burn" by Jason Becker ... "Terminal Velocity" has been added to this list, to the delight of all guitar lovers. John Petrucci offers us here an eclectic and coherent solo album, melodic and full of optimism. An album worthy of his exceptional talent.

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SIMILAR BANDS:
JASON BECKER, STEVE VAI, JOE SATRIANI, DREAM THEATER, LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN

TRACK LISTING:
01. Terminal Velocity
02. The Oddfather
03. Happy Song
04. Gemini
05. Out Of The Blue
06. Glassy-Eyed Zombies
07. The Way Things Fall
08. Snake In My Boot
09. Temple Of Circadia


LINEUP:
Dave Larue: Basse
John Petrucci: Guitares
Mike Portnoy: Batterie


TAGS:
Instrumental, Technical, Guitar-Hero
 
 
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