Hear The Track HereThird time up for Russian musician Andrey Mishchenko who, if judged by the previous two tracks, seems to be a classically trained and influenced pianist with much talent and expression. You hear a 'but' in that sentence don't you? and well you should because Metal Lullaby is a significant step away from the drama and passion of September 29 (Window to the Fall) (May 2010) and Little Sadness (June 2010). 'I bought (an) electric guitar in January' he said when asking for this review 'and trying to express other emotions I have to tell to this world'. Well OK, but can a pianist play the guitar? Especially one trained in the classical arts. It has been my experience of classical musicians (I have known a few) who flounder when faced with a jam session. Can't work outside the structure as it were.
Or maybe that's just me being Mr Crabby.
Now obviously Andrey has been playing guitar for more than a few months, or that's his innate link to the music he creates on piano coming out on a different instrument. As a guitarist myself, I would have been surprised by this amount of musical activity after (counts on fingers) six months, especially the delicacy and taste of the intro which to be honest lulled me enough so that when the rock side of the track kicked in, it made a big difference. On a strictly musical level, and speaking as a guitarist, I would have been extremely happy to have made something this complex within that six month space of time. Playing the guitar, despite how easy it looks, is anything but and to play it with skill takes a lot of time and practise.
On a more commercial (if unsigned level) as good as Metal Lullaby is as a rock instrumental, at the end of the day it is just that. A rock instrumental. Another rock instrumental. There is nothing wrong with that, and certainly nothing wrong whatsoever with Metal Lullaby - if rock instrumentals are your thing. One thing I do require from instrumentals though, being a hard bitten sound cynic, is that they grab my attention. Other than the respect I accord Andrey as a budding guitarist, I'd want a lot more meat on the bones if I were honest. Mind you, this was a quick take, and a first one at that so if it interests you go have a listen.
Recommended Rock Instrumental.