AXE MAGAZINE (Italy) Review - august 2011
Translation from Italian to English:
Dark music, full of various arrangements and styles. The guitarist behind this debut album is Fredrik Pihl, a Swede who defines his music as a mix between metal, jazz, fusion, rock and blues. Add the presence of Mattias IA Eklundh and Ron Bumblefoot Thal on one track each.
In this regard, there are six songs, but have a significant lasting from six to eleven minutes each.
Riffs heavy as granite combined with piano sounds (in one song is keyboard player and arranger Lalle Larsson part of the plan) that are able to transform without distorting the sound environment. Despite the variety of sounds and genres, the music always has a sense of continuity.
Fredrik Pihl plays guitar, fretless, acoustic, all well and appropriately to the songs. We see clearly that in this album, there is a lot of shred.
Not meaning that the percentage of "vulgar" is superior to that of thematic development, riffs and arrangements.
The role of the piano and keyboards often play a crucial role to harmonize and accompanying the guitar parts, so it there are also many situations where the sound is "open".
The highlights of the shredding are most often characterized by a mixed use of techniques to search for anything that sounds obvious, which makes the music very interesting for the listener. The guests do nothing but enrich the compositions, which sees them struggling with situations very appropriate to their habitats.
In short, if you like Bumblefoot and Eklundh,you would probably love Fredrik Pihl, or at least considering listen to his music.