Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Review: J.D. Bradshaw - 3rd Time Around (2006)

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3rd Time Around

Guitarist J.D. Bradshaw is no stranger to perseverance. Launching his musial career with '80s East Coast thrashers Killer Elite, J.D. has spent the last 20 years smoking the stages of his local and regional metal scene. In 1998 he expanded his career by releasing his first solo CD Caught in the Act. Last year his third solo disc, 3rd Time Around, hit the airwaves and proves J.D. hasn't lost a step. The four tracks on his latest EP unabashedly display J.D.'s influences while managing to remain fresh and entertaining. The comparisons to Vai, Satriani, and Eddie Van Halen are inevitable, but Bradshaw injects his vast experience into the mix to create a sound all his own. Making this a true solo album, J.D. also delivers a professional performance on bass and drums. The focus remains, however, on his lightning fretwork. From the all-out shredfest that is "Hydra-Shokk", to the definite '80s feel of the melodious "Victory Lane" (my favorite track), to the wistfully introspective riffs of "Ostara" and the hard-rockin' grit of "Mindsweeper", 3rd Time Around is a solid album for fans of instrumental guitar metal.

Track Listing
2Victory Lane5:32
Total Runtime22:23

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