Project Alcazar - Reviewed By Bathory'Zine! Sunday December 20 2020, 4:57 PM
Project Alcazar - Reviewed By Bathory'Zine!

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This album features a great amount of talent, and while the guitar virtuosity can be appreciated on every single minute of every single song, the other instruments also thrive very interestingly. The drum patterns sometimes tend towards a complexity that displays great feeling, there are some jaw-dropping keyboard solos on tracks like “Stranger Ave” and that bass line on “The Panic Hand” definitely needs to be mentioned too.

Overall, the album has a lot of reminders of Dream Theater’s most instrumental albums, but it also has some nods to the works of Uli Jon Roth, Joe Satriani or Yngwie Malmsteen (especially notable for those heavy Neoclassical influences). These songs are incredibly elaborate, but they also display a great amount of emotion and in most cases the average 6-minutes song length seems too short as to express everything the melody has to show, so perhaps less and longer songs would’ve improved even more the album. Despite that, the band has really released a great full-length, with absolutely no need of a singer or any other instrument than the current ones.

I recommend this to fans of Progressive Metal, Neoclassical Metal and any kind of instrumental complexity. My rating is of 9/10.

Guitarist Chris Steberl has been playing music for over 45 years starting at the age of 8 years old. He has played in numerous bands over the years finally forming his own instrumental band Alcazar back in 1988. They were the first and only band to ever win the local Battle of the Bands WITHOUT a singer!

In 2003 he released ' Reasons for a Decade' with Lion Music out of Europe. The CD garnered great reviews from all over the world and he followed up with the sophomore Lion Music release ' Chasin VooDoo '. Chris went on to win the Sam Ash " Best In Shred " contest in Columbus Ohio and has supported such acts as Dream Theater , Greg Howe , Tony Macalpine , and Steve Vai over the span of his career. He has also been on numerous compilation CD's, the most noted one being Warmth in the Wilderness : A Tribute to Jason Becker where he covered " Opus Pocus " which received praise in Guitar World magazine's review of the album.

Chris finished up his latest instrumental album Project Alcazar: Lost In Centralia bringing in ex Fates Warning drummer Mark Zonder 's talents along with virtuoso keyboardist Caleb Hutlsar who helped co write all the songs. The new album ' Lost In Centralia' was released September 2020 on Guitar One Records USA.

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