"Race Against Time"

By Dark Starr

They say that you can't judge a book by its cover. This album goes a long way toward proving that adage. Looking at the cover of this, you might think that the album is a techno or punk set. The logo and cover art just seem to convey that concept to me. The truth is, though, this is an instrumental set of guitar based numbers. It's more like a more metal version of Joe Satriani. It's an intriguing set that manages to entertain while landing more on the technical end of the spectrum. 

There is a lot of technical metal built into the opening instrumental piece that bears the title, "Freddy Lounds." It's fast paced and impressive. It has some intriguing changes along the road. 

I love the killer groove on "Gotham," yet the guitar riffing really steals the show here. It's another that leans heavily on the technical end of the spectrum. A piano based keyboard section takes the track late and ends it without any guitar. 

More of a mean, song based metal texture is on hand with "Reboot." It has some moments that lean toward metallic progressive rock of acts like Dream Theater. There is plenty of melodic hard rock in the mix on "Tree Fort." This gets metallic on its edge, too, though. It's another hot instrumental to continue the musical themes of this disc. There are some mellow interludes built into this one. 
The main riff driving "Blood Dragon" is much meaner. There is some killer metal at the heart of this screaming hot number. Incredibly metallic and equally technical, "Attack of the Mutant" has some weird changes. It features Jeff Tremblett. It's an intriguing number that works quite well. It's less melodic than a lot of the rest, but that's not a bad thing. 
"Venus Gospel" is next. I love the balance between the mellower and fierce on this screaming hot cut.  It is another great example of the kind of instrumental metal that this album represents. 

While " Overdrive" (which features James Krul) is a bit more direct than the previous tune, it has some good changes and variants built into it. I really love some of the guitar soloing on the meaty stomper titled "Attack of the Mutant Pt. II." It's another killer instrumental on a disc that's packed with them. 
The closing cut bears the title "Souvenir" and features Jacob McSheffrey. Another screamer of an instrumental, this is heavy and fierce. The closing movement takes it into more melodic territory.