Andy James, Arrival Review
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Andy James is a United Kingdom based guitarist, composer, educator and entrepreneur that is building a catalog of outstanding instrumental recordings featuring his amazing guitar technique and ear for melody. James was the guitarist for Sacred Mother Tongue. Their first single, “Two Thousand Eight Hundred,” reached number 4 on the UK Rock chart. As an instructor, James has courses and videos for soloing techniques for hard rock and heavy metal. He is a contributor to licklibrary.com, jamtrackcentral and has also started his own guitar instructional website called the Andy James Guitar Academy. James has released several solo albums including: In the wake of Chaos (2007), Machine (2009), Andy James (2011) and Exodus (2017). James has two signature series guitars that he has created through ESP/LTD, the LTD AJ-1 and LTD Elite Eclipse-1. James is releasing a LP album titled, Arrival, which contains twelve tracks of James phenomenal playing.
Enter Through Fire
As I Fall
A Plan For Us
Shattered and Broken
Release Date: October 19, 201
Urban Yeti Records
James has a remarkable ability to play advanced lead techniques with fluidity, but more importantly, everything he plays has a groove that feels good. Combine that with his ear for melody and not just shredding, and that makes James standout above the crowd.
James brings his fluid guitar technique and melodic compositional style to twelve tunes on Arrival that will astonish. James’ tunes cover multiple styles and feels in the heavy metal, hard rock style. His compositions traverse multiple sections that flow between activity and less-activity, giving the listen a change to breath. His tone is warm, balanced and his exceptional clean technique allows his subtleties in picking, tapping and articulating his phrases to come through the music to give it personality. There are plenty of memorable melodies for the ear to grab onto. The soloing and two-handed tapping techniques James performs are beautifully played and absolutely breath taking. James is taking shred guitar to a new level, as he cements his placement in the modern-day guitar hero arena with his solid album, Arrival. That’s the short of it!