(Review by Stefan)

I feel honoured presenting the new, debut solo album ‘Star X Speed Story” from Jacky Vincent who was born at the late 80s in 1989 Portsmouth, England. This album makes you wonder at the hearing of such a high level of guitar shredding, almost unlikely magnificent… an unmistakably wonderful effort made by a young aged guitar wonder for all those hooked on the mighty forces ofover-the-top arranged guitar riffs and solo’s. None other than legendary Shrapnel Records unleashed the cut a little while ago.


The background story of Jacky is quite gripping – he blames his own father for his bright lightning musical career all because of the fact the good parent bought Guns And Roses’ album “Appetite For Destruction” for his six years old son. Jacky was hooked on it and from that moment, he had only one ambition stored in his brain… becoming a shred guitar musician so the future should decide whether he could live up to this ambition. Now many years later on, and after hearing his new solo album “Star X Speed Story”, I’d like to scream it out loud that Mr. Vincent past the test of time with high distinction! 


He was 20 years old when he decided to move to the United States of America, upon his arrival, he joined the band Falling InReverse to record a debut album. Back in March 2012, these guys toured across the USA and remarkable fact, they also shared the stage with Guns And Roses at the Hollywood Palladium.Moving to another country requires adjustment concerning your formerlifestyle but I’m sure that Jacky, who was loaded with so much technical guitar skill, never had a problem with that. To me the bestguitar players live in the US, so arriving over there must have given the feeling of coming home for sure. He should live in Nevada, Las Vegas at the moment.


Last year, I reviewed two more Shrapnel Records highlights, respectively the new albums from Dario Lorina and Borislav Mitic. A beautiful world opened up for me while listening to both efforts, shred guitar tactics at it best was the only way out to express my inner feelings. Along with Jacky Vincent’s “Star X Speed Story”, the sky clears again… what a superb, full instrumental shred effort! Along with this release, Shrapnel Records’ CEO Mike Varney takes me by surprise over and over again.


Produced by Jacky himself and co-produced by Mr. Varney, the CD has an incredible range of guitar tricks aboard spread across thirteen compositions, extremely strong from A to Z really. In all probability, most of you aren’t familiar with JV’s outstanding way of guitar sorcery but, even the fact he’s only 24 years old, make already notice that Jacky can be considered as one of the most promised guitarists for the future. Perfectly fitting the roster of Shrapnel Records, the place where he belongs with the eye on a glimmering musical career.


Meanwhile I have turned on the volume on my amp to a fairly high level so I can enjoy the 13 tracks to the fullest. Opener ‘Maybe I Am A Wolf ‘ has modern rhythms to offer but the last part of this song let hear what a genius axeman he really is. The most breathtaking passage of the entire song comes along with a fireball lightning guitar solo of the master himself. You’ll hear only Jacky’s guitar screaming and howling, awesomeness all over… a first admirably experience. From this I can deduce that the man in question has a very rare and extremely sustainable way of guitar picking.


For the title song, he invited a soul mate, a brother in arms named Michael Angelo Batio. Another favourite instrumentalist of mine, the result of this pure shred Metal song is phenomenal ! Guest musician number two Paul Gilbert may announce his brilliant way of shredding during the song ‘Heaven Or Hell?”. The question what I think about seems highly redundant to me but if you still want me to give answer, I can keep it succinctly and tell you all that the collaboration of both Jacky and Paul reigns supreme. A beautiful rendition of neo classical piece and its corresponding title ‘Neo Concerto’ speaks for itself… embrace the good oiled, detailed guitar tactics of the Grand Master himself and let your inner self to be surrounded by something unique/phenomenal.


And my own feast on Shred Metal guitar won’t stop - ‘Runaway Tryst”, The Tempest”, ‘Fatal Envy’ come to reach my eardrums and I can’t get enough of all the beautiful techniques this guy delivers. I literally fall of one surprise to the other, what a great performance ! Than it’s time to let another Guitar God named Dario Lorina provide his over-the-top skills, definitely one of my favourite guitarists as well and the chemistry with Jacky Vincent works contagious. Fast and to the bone technical moves all over, fully melodic which makes me feel like I’m in seventh heaven at the moment. JV brings offers his last tracks entitled ‘Sidescroller’ and the very catchy/sensitive ‘I Can Never Go Home (Reprise)’ with much abandon, like he does during the entire running time of “Star X Speed Story”.


Influenced by guitar heroes like Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Michael Angelo Batio, Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and stuff … Jacky Vincent is a star who likes to play real speed up featuring borderless technical and melodic moves. Actually a beautiful story of a top-notch musician that definitely gets a sequel, the future of this young man is gold plated !  Order at THIS location and while listening to it, reduce volume to the highest level and let your amplifier roar like thunder !


My Points: 89 / 100




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