On Monday we announced we’re running Instrumental Music Week this week, and will be celebrating all things instrumental for the next few days. Make sure to check out the previous days, but today we check in for day four from our intrepid instrumenteers!
Lisa [Basick Records/Hold Tight! PR]
Levi/Werstler – “Dura Mater” [Avalanche Of Worms, 2010]
This is a side project of Daath guitarists Eyal Levi and Emil Werstler and legendary drummer Sean Reinert (Cynic, ex-Death) taken from their 2010 release Avalanche of Worms. I love the whole album, and this track in particular is beautiful to listen to. There’s a really nice fluidity to the playing producing some breathtaking moments of progressive, dark heavy metal. This is exclusively my bath music. Always listen to this album in the bath.
Paul [Chimp Spanner]
Mezzoforte – “Prime Time” [Playing For Time, 2011]
One of my all time favourites. Yeah it’s dangerously close to easy listening but it’s tasteful as anything. The transition from the guitar solo back into the main groove, with those staccato horns, puts a smile on my face every time. Hooky melody, tasty phrasing, saxophone, what’s not to dig?
John Williams - “Asturias” (Isaac Albeniz)
This song has always been one of my favorite classical pieces. John Williams nails it. I think I liked it early on because the melody to this song could sound good played in any metal genre – it is drenched in Dominant Phrygian/Harmonic Minor. This song definitely opened me up to studying classical guitar.
Make sure to check back for the rest of the week to see which tracks are our intrepid guest columnists’ favourites, and see what else we have in store for Instrumental Music Week!