MICHAEL ABDOW - NATIVE ALIEN
Metal To Infinity
and humming guitars with high intensive, technical shred tactics – damn sure I
still have a heart for it! The last few years, it rains awesome players – some
of them independently while others got the chance to grab a record deal. One of
those is named Michael Abdow who inked a deal with US based Shredguy Records –
the ultimate record company who gives full support to extreme guitar virtuoso
since a couple of years. The label proudly presents its newest acquisition by
the name of Michael Abdow with his debut effort “Native Alien”.
been written In MA’s biography: he went on to study jazz and composition for a
few years and succeeded completely as he earned an Associate’s Degree in music!
One of his leading masters that guides him straight through flammable guitar
skills was virtuoso Tom Kopyto, the M.A.C.C. recording artist (you can hear this
grandmaster guitar genius also on “Native Alien” so you’re warned). Later
on, Mike played in a band called Tempus Mori and recorded the album “Conviction”,
Michael also played with Progressive Metal band Frozen and to make the list
complete he delivered the very best in shred guitar tactics in a tribute band
called Aquanett as well. The young man was ready for the big step – his own
debut album which he will be surrounded by a bunch of extremely high skilled,
world class instrumentalists. Entitled “Native Alien”, an album for all True
Guitar Driven Hard Rock and Metal maniacs!
down the disc into my CD layer, the index indicates nine songs of which 7
instrumental compositions… two remaining songs called ‘Eurasia’ and
‘Bleeding Dry’ have a singer on board and I really like both songs a lot.
Michael’s superb way of guitar shredding in perfect balance with great vocals
served by Kenneth Paul Benda (from the band Frozen) and Tony Whalen (from the
band Aquanett)… well, it turns out great! I insist that fans of 80s US Metal
like Dokken, Fates Warning or perhaps Fifth Angel better watch out for these two
for the fully instrumentals I honestly have no reason the complain at all. Each
time listening to a particular shred album I ask myself the question, how in the
name of God is it possible to play such amazingly awesome guitar moves. As said
before, these guys must be born with a six string in hands. Michael Abdow is a
young aged individual who plays like the very best axemen I’ve ever heard so
far – offering this type of musical demonstration must be a gift from heaven…
this is absolutely incredible stuff.
the entire album, it’s obviously clear that Michael has a world class form of
technical skills within his finger tips. How to build up an instrumental track
without one single, boring moment? To find out the answer to that question,
check out “Native Alien”. Songs played with passion and pure intensity from
the heart – expect moments where Michael follows a Jazzy or Fusion way of
guitar playing. At the other side you’ve gotta be strong to survive his
powerplay tricks as well. When Michael starts to destroy the fretboard nearly by
using his shotgun firing away a dose of speed or thrashy riffage / solo’s…
breath gasping is necessary!
Tvam Asi’ is a live recording that speaks to every guitar fan's imagination.
It must feel heavenly walking the stage loaded with your favourite electric
machine gun around your neck to spoil the crowd for quite a while with pure and
intense guitar masterworks... I can only dream about it!
sound quality of Michael Abdow’s debut album “Native Alien” is good, not
too polished which turns on the old school feel even higher and I'm pleased with
that. So, reaching the end of my review there’s one good advise left to the
ones following the world of guitar shred featuring so many awesome musicians -
make notice of a young man called Michael A. – influenced by other guitar
wizards like Joe Stump, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tommy Merry, Terry Lauderdale,
Satriani, Vai, Harris, … at the moment he’s really amazing and I'm sure he
will be even better as time passes by. The revelation in Guitar Shred: Michael
My Points: 88 / 100 (Review by Stefan)
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