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Review: Niels Vejlyt - The Predator
Niels Vejlyt
The Predator

Label: Ronin Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 43:44
Tracks: 11
Genre: Neo-classical Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: May 11, 2006
Reviewed by: Ulysses
Readers Rating
The Predator

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Niels Vejlyt is a Danish neo-classical style guitarist who is very familiar with the works of Yngwee Malmsteen with a vague mixture of Concerto Moon that can give you a sort of "déjà vu" feel through out the album since I'm quite familiar with the work of both artists named above. While this album holds incredible potential, it falls prey to a muddy production job where a lot of the instruments are placed in front of the guitarist and that really takes amazing amounts of enjoyment from hearing Niels' excellent shredding capabilities. On many occasions in the album the drums are drowning out the sound of excellent guitar melodies which I thought was a real shame.

Besides the horrible production job that just absolutely nearly ruins the album, I have to say that Niels is a damn good guitar with excellent speed and can construct really wonderfully memorable melodies (with the exclusion of the introduction of the first track, that has a very odd and spontaneous riff structure that nearly borders on absolute prog-wankery). The rest of the album has a lot of neither great nor bad tracks, but they are fun to listen to if you're a fan of fretboard masturbation.

If only this album would've gotten a better production job, I would've given it a higher score. Hopefully next album Niels releases will be a lot more focused on delivering a sharp production that doesn't neglect on his amazing talent.

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