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Killer Sixgun - 2006 Killer Sixgun


KILLER SIXGUN - KILLER SIXGUN (2006, SELF RELEASED)
Lakis Ragazas - all instruments
John Jeff Touch - vocals
Sotiris Gogos - guitar


Background
The brainchild of Greek virtuoso guitarist Ragazas, this project focuses primarily on instrumental workouts, with two tracks containing vocals. Ragazas according to his bio is self taught with a certificate in Classical Harmony and above all a noted guitar instructor. If in doubt to his skill, Ragazas was chosen from candidates worldwide for a scholarship to Atlanta's Institiute Of Music in 1996 and a year later won a further scholarship from Berklee College in Boston. Delving into Ragazas past it appears he was part of a Greek thrash act named Deceptor, although information is scarce at best. Killer Sixgun is referred to as a group project by Ragazas, but essentially it's a one man show, as he displays his chops for a larger audience. And what chops they are, as Ragazas tackles mainly an 80's based hard rock direction with some authentic results that sometimes recall a bygone age.

The Songs
'Run (If You Can)' has nothing to do with Accept, instead being a fast instrumental opener that brings Saxon's 'A Little Bit Of What You Fancy' immediately to mind. If you've ever heard that rousing rabble rocker you'll know exactly what to expect here, simply without the lyrics. Very well handed, 1984 all over as Ragazas puts his best foot forward to lay claim as the world's fastest guitarist! Even more 80's influenced is 'Highway Of Love', one of the rare vocal tracks, one of the more convincing attempts I've heard in recent years to reclaim the spirit of 1988, the riff taking me back a few decades as does the highly melodic chorus. Taking a slower and calmer tone is 'Day One' which opts for more emotional guitar work than bluster, a feeling which is quickly erased by the last vocal track, 'Reach Out' another incendiary hard rock cut with Touch's blend of Don Dokken meets Stephen Pearcy vocal work. Ragazas' love of Gary Moore shines through on 'Stay With Me' which is a close relation to Moore's 'Still Got The Blues' recording, full of passionate blues licks, an quite effective display. There's room for a slice of jazz inspired fusion on 'C Storm' which always raises a smile or two and demonstrates an endless array of techniques at Ragazas' disposal. 'The Jeckyll And Hyde Jam' is aptly titled as Ragazas shifts from style to style, lulling jazz again interspersed with heavier sections leaning towards metal. 'Stormcoming' is another classic show of amazing soloing, with Ragazas importantly maintaining interest throughout where many musicians might have failed. I've heard albums by Steve Vai and Joe Satriani that never seemed as consistent as this project.

In Summary
This should appeal to a broader audience than just guitarists, as almost every classic rock style is handled in some fashion, with all conquering might. When you have as much talent as Ragazas such a feat shouldn't be too much of a task and he deserves praise for writing every note of the album, with some sterling production helping infinitely. With his career as an instructor it remains to be seen if Ragazas takes Killer Sixgun on full time, but the promise delivered here should make this man a household name in guitar circles. Worth checking out for all fans with a taste for traditional hard rock especially.

URL: www.killersixgun.com
Sponsor:: Lakis Ragazas

Track Listing:
01 Run (If You Can)
02 Highway Of Love
03 Day One
04 Reach Out
05 Stay With Me
06 C Storm
07 The Jeckyl And Hyde Jam
08 Stormcoming

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#1 | george_the_jack on June 07 2008 02:05:46
Ragazas is well known in Thessaloniki. He teaches guitar to many friends of mine. He used to play for about a decade with LONG LIVE, a classic rock/blues band with whom he released two albums and played several times live in rock bars and supporting bands on bigger stages. He decided to leave after his argument with the lead singer of the band G. Simeonidis (ex Sarissa 1987, maybe the first epic power metal band in Greece!) For a while he formed another band, called the SPACECAKES. He was also singing during this act and in fact he is also a great singer! His technique is well known here in Thessaloniki since many years now and together with GUS G, he is the best guitarist maybe in Greece! So, I am proud that two of the best guitar players in Greece and maybe in Europe, are from THESSALONIKI! Long Live Salonica's ROCK N' ROLL!
 
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