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On disc: Cyril Achard

Violencia - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars


(Lion Music - 2010)

The French guitarist Cyril Achard is presenting Violenica, an instrumental album, after 7 years staying away from the rock scene. The last years he spent playing jazz and pursuing other musical directions. For Violencia he hooked up again with drummer Eric Lebailly and bassist Franck Hermany - both are members of Adagio. The opening track Brutalize shows the jazz roots combined with rock and progressive elements. At Violencia Achard keeps the songs kinda short and focuses more on the traditional songwriting with verses and choruses. The track Saint Hetfield is his way of paying tribute to the powerful, raw style of James Hetfield, but beside some straight forward parts there are complex, melodic passages. At All Or Nothing the guitar does the talking. The jazz experience shows through at It's A Gloomy Day, but it's still a rock-based tune. The title track Violencia is quite catchy and you won't miss vocals. Only the last track I Don't Believe is with 6:29 a bit long and gets kinda boring - at least it starts boring me...
Cyril Achard is an outstanding guitarist, he played on tribute albums for Jimi Hendrix, Uli John Roth and Jason Becker and showed his skills. Not everybody is into instrumental albums and so it's pretty often more a 'musicians-kind' of thing, but progressive rock fans should give it a try!

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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