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Ziras, Theodore - 2003 Virtual Virtuosity


THEODORE ZIRAS - VIRTUAL VIRTUOSITY (2003, SECRET PORT RECORDS)
Theodore Ziras - guitars, all other instruments

Background
I'm not entirely sure that putting together an album of widdly-diddly guitar and a repetitive sounding drum machine is a great way to win over the punters. This surely applies to new Greek guitarist Theodore Ziras. Make no mistake, the man comes armed with more musical intelligence theory qualifications (otherwise known as an MIT graduate!) than a used car salesman with dodgy receipts! There's no questioning his undoubted skill on the guitar - very much in the neo classical Vinnie Moore/Steve Vai school of axeslaying. However, those songs.. oh my goodness!

The Songs
Though there are 11 individual tracks on this all instrumental sophomore effort from Ziras, but it might as well have been one! The musical degree of separation between them regarding uniqueness, interest value, and listenability practically zeroes in on.. you guessed it - zero. One gets the impression that Theodore has carefully crafted this material, and that is admirable. But Theo.. mate, you really need to get up once and a while, go for a walk, take a break, because it sounds as if you can't see the wood from the trees, or smell the roses of other musical activity going on around you. It's like you've been closeted away with this stuff for months, admirable yes, but..

In Summary
There is next to no variety offered, no subtle effects changing the soundscape of each track to make it marginally interesting. Hence it is one guitar oriented blur, in similar tempo, and sound. 40 odd minutes of samey-ness. A suggestion? Go out and buy a swag of effects pedals, and start listening to guys like Dann Huff and Michael Thompson instead. I will be interested to hear how you develop for album #3, because I know you've got it in you.

Track Listing:
01 Terminus Ad Quem
02 Dark Valley
03 Depression
04 Air-to-Air
05 The Edge
06 Virtual Virtuosity
07 Fictitious Rhapsody
08 Your Majesty
09 Evermore
10 The Boring Machine
11 Liquidity

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