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Randy Ellefson
The Firebard

Company: Indy
Release: 2004
Reviewer: Nailer
Genre: Rock instrumental
Rating
3



  • The Firebard is a good start to become aquainted with Randy's music



  • Randy Ellefson has an interesting bit of irony to his bio. After he decided to become a classical guitar major in college, he practiced to the point of developing severe tendonitis in both arms which sidetracked him for years. His body simply could not keep pace with his ambition, but his persistence didn't stop him from using alternate means to reach his goals.

    His eventual recovery led to his debut cd, The Firebard, an all-instrumental guitar-based rocker with 80s influences. Randy builds off of a musical motif, or fragment, into full songs keeping with a style that is more pleasant than discordant and unlike most superior guitarists, Randy plays on a level that can be appreciated by the casual listener and the professional who can analyze all the nuances. His background riffs, which are catchy on their own, are overlaid with melodic leads that stray into shredland without getting too twiddly. With the guitar tone staying similar throughout, some more variation in form would have kept my interest through the in. A little at a time served me best.

    His back story of achievement is better reflected in his subsequent release, Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid, but his music and life is inspiring and The Firebard is a good start to become aquainted with Randy's music and journey.


    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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