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Randy Ellefson
Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

Company: Indy
Release: 2007
Reviewer: Nailer
Genre: Rock instrumental
Rating
3.5



  • Simply put, it's fun to listen to



  • It would be very disheartening to obtain the skills of a virtuoso guitar player then have your abilities stripped quickly away; your life having to completely adapt to a new disability. Randy Ellefson overcame tendonitis in both arms to compose The Firebard and his latest cd Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid.

    Sticking close to the tone and form of his debut cd The Firebard, Randy builds off of a musical motif, or fragment, into full songs with a style that is more user-friendly than a lot of the discordant music out in the metal scene. Simply put, it's fun to listen to--think Joe Satriani's "Surfing With the Alien" sound. STABLU worked best for me in smaller doses, since I prefer melodies to rip at my soul and turn my feelings inside-out. Randy's playing better fit the cheer of a Summer drive. You can hear how Randy improved on the flow and production overall from the prior cd and within 45 minutes of instrumental work I really enjoyed when he ventured off his standard path with experiments in waltz rhythms and such.

    Randy Ellefson seems like a nice enough guy, a modern day bard, his music matching the pleasant promo picture he provides. He's recently formed an Iron Maiden tribute band called Seventh Son with Images of Eden vocalist Gordon Tittsworth. With their penchant for melodic metal, they should more than please.


    About this Writer:
    Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    Some Things Are Better Left UnsaidRandy Ellefson
    2007
    Frank Hill5/30/2008
    The FirebardRandy Ellefson
    2004
    Frank Hill5/29/2008


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