BORISLAV MITIC - ELECTRIC GODDESS (Shrapnel Records)

 

                                   (Review by Stefan)

Wanna be a genius guitar player? Well it’s all in your own hands and by your own determination. You start at a so called zero position to build your skills systematically as times passes by. You can get a certain level of guitar playing only by everyday practicing, even when your fingers bleed you can not give up. Many beginning guitarists might have not the possibility/courage to exercise on a daily basis which means that their dream to become a guitar virtuoso one day falls to pieces.

 

Most shredders start at a very young age, just like Serbian based Borislav Mitic who grabbed on his first guitar at the age of 11. He progressed his own skills by listening to records he collected, featuring worldclass guitar masters like Blackmore, Schenker, Hendrix and among others. His talents grew day after day, he was only 18 and started to work out his own instrumental compositions… as years passed by, Borislav’s first band became reality, played many live and TV performances, he could be heard on many radio stations… actually from zero to hero, his name was a fixture in the world of guitar virtuoso ever since… and it was just a start.

 

He debuted with the album “Fantasy” (initially made for Serbian market), composed and arranged by himself. In his own words: “I consider my playing on this album to be some ofmy best ever." Afterwards Borislav came in touch with The King Of Shred Guitar named Mike Varney and its legendary Shrapnel Records company. Mike’s knowledge in shred guitar wizardry is endless so he welcomed this Serbian axe master with open arms and a record deal was signed shortly after, BM’s second solo effort was released in March 1999. One year later on the word wide re-release of “Fantasy” took place. “The Absolute” (2010) can be considered as album number three and all music was composed, arranged, performed and produced by Borislav Mitic himself. He also contributed on two Shrapnel Records compilations called “Shrapnel's Super Shredders: Neoclassical” and “This Is Shredding: Volume 2” and appeared as guest musician on several albums as well.

 

There is so much to tell on Borislav’s richly filled career, I can go on for a while but it’s time to announce the news that the man just released his brand new album “Electric Goddess”, through the one and only Shrapnel Records ! With the exception of Jeremy Colson’s technical drum works (Steve Vai/Marty Friedman/Billy Idol) all the other played instruments and the manufacturing duties were done by the master himself. Mike Varney in charge as executive producer. “Electric Goddess” is packed with guitar moves reaching far beyond my imagination… what a fantastic album with a suitable title “Electric Goddess” !

 

Be ready for one hour of pure Shred Guitar magic that starts with ‘Garden Of Dreams’. A concatenation of acoustic moments and melodic, powerplay riffing alternating with lots of sophisticated solo’s. A neo-classical composition as it should be ! Next ‘Win Or Lose’ not follow this trend, instead more groovy Hard Rock oriented virtuosity is prevalent supreme. The title track comes along and let increase the level of variation even more. Boris’ way of guitar wizardry still going on, fans of Steve Vai will be satisfied. ‘Time’ is a very melodic shred fest for those into the sound of Joe Satriani. ‘Out Of The Blue’ comes to my eras like a good old David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) way of guitar playing. Based on groovy guitar riffs, ‘Machine World’ is another sophisticated tuned composition featuring a nice break and outstanding leads throughout the whole nine yards.

 

‘Moment Of Glory’ is one of my favourites due to the massively present, melodic touch. A real delicacy for guitar freaks ! ‘Desert Way’ feels like a good old bluesy Hard Rock piece that reminds me of Joe Bonamassa and Micheal Katon. ‘Unfinshed Business’ opens all registers once again delivering an arsenal of different guitar techniques. My absolute fave of the entire album is without a doubt ‘The Golden Throne’. Into the footsteps of the most greatest guitar magicians like Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine… a neo-classical masterpiece ! Two more songs to go, first the pleasure is all mine during the melodious hardrocker ‘Destination reality’ and all the good times come to an end, ‘Alone’ puts an end to Borislav Mitic’s “Electric Goddess” album in a very exquisite way.

 

This one-hour effort has managed to captivate me in all areas, if shred guitar oriented Rock and Metal music is your favourite alley also, you don’t have to think twice to place an order right away. As a staunch guitar devotee myself, I wasn’t bored at any time… this CD gives me nothing but a blissful inner feeling. Order at: http://shrapnelrecords.com/borislav-mitic/electric-goddess official homepage at: Check out Boris’ official homepage  right HERE.

 

My Points: 89 / 100

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish