Guitar Heroes (France)
by Fabien Muller
Hess is mixing different elements into his music: prog-metal, virtuoso instrumental, Neo-classical, ... It gives a very modern sounding CD with very fast licks provided by the two guitar players (Tom Hess and Mike Walsh), mainly based on the discourse between guitars and their harmonization, with also wide areas of rest for the melody-addicted listener (Lydian Speaks).
Opus 1 begins with a rather progressive oriented song track called Exploration, and then go through a more melodious song (Homage), with some Malmsteen influenced licks. There's also some weird harmony that reminds me a little bit Becker and Friedman of the early days (Empire). Even if the CD is very homogeneous, some tracks are highlights of this CD : Golden Colloseum, Palette of Shades.
In brief, we have there a very diverse CD, with very fast players, and some very good songs with a strong Malmsteen influence on the playing and a more eclectic influence on the music (no doubt, those players must like Dream Theater and prog-metal bands). Do not hesitate to go to their site, contact them and listen to mp3 in the mp3 section.