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GasHead - LandSpeedRecord . Instrumental rock guitar and it's fabulous
stuff. With electric guitar from Mike Lopez and guest appearence
from Fourth Estate's Dave Beegle, this is a surging ride through
rock guitar greatness, including a roaring cover of the Scorpions
"Coast to Coast". If you are into rock guitar, then this
is simply stunning stuff and one of the best of it's kind in a while.
November 2003 Issue
Also on Hapi Skratch is an excellent 2003 CD from the Colorado-based
GasHead, entitled "LandSpeedRecord". Propelled by the
blazing electric guitar work of Mike Lopez and the drumming of Nate
Scofield, GasHead's metal-rock instro sound is further filled out
by a number of players including guitarist Dave Beegle, who also
co-produced the 9 track instrumental set with Lopez. GasHead really
smokes and the CD features excellent cover art to boot.
Review by Steffen Edwards
My office is way too small for this music! Few know this better
than my employees who, with awed overtures, keep opening my door
to ask me, "Who is this band?" It's clear to me that the
latest reincarnation of Fort Collins-based guitarist/songwriter,
Mike Lopez, has ignited a quick and enthusiastic response. Incorporated
into this review are the first impressions of my employees. I'll
proceed with my review as I would have, but adding here and there
the "average grade" (AG) my staff gives each song as they
hear them for the first time on this reputable debut.
Without a doubt,
Mike Lopez is maturing well as a musician. Alone, this is a compliment
that cannot be handed to all artists. With GasHead, he doesn't simply
touch his toe to the pool of musical expression; he cannonballs
into it, launching himself from the high dive as he does. LandSpeedRecord
refreshes as a release that plunges into melody, song structure,
dynamics, power, and technical expertise. You won't find any elementary
2 chord rock, filled with guttural screams and debris-laden dependence
on angst and rhythm in a desperate effort to cover up any absence
of talent. LandSpeedRecord misses nothing as an instrumental rock
release, and while it inevitably draws parallels to forerunners
Satriani and Vai, GasHead succeeds as exciting, visceral rock statement
on it's own merit.
visionary Dave Beegle at the controls as producer, the disc flips
the nitrous oxide switch as soon as the starter turns over. A gut-wrenching
launch is underway with the riff-heavy metal lines of "Propellant/Submarine
Limousine" (AG 8). "El Cid" follows directly after,
showcasing tremendous musical control and sensitivity as Lopez writes
entrancing musical duets over a solid groove. It's akin to the sort
of songwriting sensitivity that made Satriani one of the greats
(AG 7). "Baja Lopez" on track five is one of my favorites!
With Beegle laying down a dazzling flamenco base, Lopez exercises
a flashy virtuoso layer that fulfills the hearts of rock and classical
lovers alike (AG 9). The cinematic and soaring "Dead Orleans"
on track six allows the listener a reflective and brooding reprieve
(AG 6). "The Leaper", which follows, has a compelling
melody line laid delicately and cleanly over a driving rhythm section
that gives a nod to both Satriani and Megadeth aficionados (AG 7).
"Post Hypnotic S" is a catatonic foray of musical inventiveness.
It's a short minute and a half punctuated with abrupt meter changes,
a thrashing ukulele solo sneaking up into your blind spot, and a
pace that gives the song enough g-forces to change your complexion
(AG 8). GasHead would seem to close out with a well-textured redo
of the Scorpions "Coast To Coast" (AG 8), but wait, there's
more! You'll have to get the CD to find that out.
are deserved here too. GasHead's logo is, well, a gas! This is a
brilliantly packaged CD, revealing not only the consummate visionary
Mike Lopez is, but also the reputable support structure that is
Records. Should GasHead deliver the goods live as well as they
do on disc, and should they perpetuate their vision with sound business
savvy, everyone's in for a wild ride!