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MIKE MARTIN 2 Of 5
Serpa Records
Rating: 10 out of 10
Reviewed by: Bam-Bam

This genius guitarist has shared his talent in such bands as Fozzy and Stuck Mojo, so you know in order for him to play in those two bands alongside maniac fretman Rich Ward, he’s got to be good. This album proves it hand over fist!!! First of all, coming from a former drummer, I have to say that instrumental, guitar wanking albums don’t do a damn thing for me, however, 2 Of 5 is just so musically perfect you can’t deny the power it uses to hold your attention. At times it’s totally over-the-top rockin’ and then at others it’s sweetly melodic. The best way to enjoy this album is to read the liner notes first and grab a bit of history behind each song and then sit back and let it flow. Mike has crafted the album meticulously with emphasis being put on the perfect song order to completely become wrapped up in this thing. You know how you can’t put a great book down??? This is exactly the same. It’s so good and so brilliantly performed (his guitar playing is phenomenal!!!) that you have to listen to it all the way through. Although I LOVE the softer, melodic twin-guitar harmonies of tunes like “Lavender” and “Epiphany”, my favorites on the record are lead-off and title track “2 Of 5” and “The Trouser Trout” (don’t worry, he explains it in the liner notes….). For fans of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani all the way, although I will say that 2 Of 5 is, in my humble opinion, better than any output I’ve heard from the former two since their debuts. A killer, killer effort!!! Jump online to get yours now at , WWW.MIKEMARTIN.NET. This one will blow you away!!!
30 Oct 2006 by Bam-Bam

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