Rob Metz | Axis Shift

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Axis Shift

by Rob Metz

"An instrumental rock guitar rush that fuses rock, shred, jazz and world taking you deeper into your own musical universe."
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cosmic Ascension
4:04 $0.99
2. Flying Machine
4:10 $0.99
3. Desert Song
5:22 $0.99
4. Empire Of The Moon
4:25 $0.99
5. Ultraviolet
3:59 $0.99
6. Eastern Wind
5:05 $0.99
7. Primal Fire
3:20 $0.99
8. Tradition
6:09 $0.99
9. Dark Energy
5:24 $0.99
10. Silver Feathers
3:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rob Metz IS the next generation of instrumental rock guitarists making music today. His new CD album, AXIS SHIFT, is a 10 track alchemy of compelling instrumentals, masterfully produced that offers a rich, distinct sound charged with emotion.

Stylistically, AXIS SHIFT digs deeper into combinations of rock, metal, shred, jazz and world elements with Metz's primary focus on allowing the listener to experience their own introspection and spirit through this self described musical shaman. AXIS SHIFT was also an open invitation to great musicianship from the other players who compliment Metz's vision for this CD. You can hear Michael Swan play soulful saxophone, Byron Nemeth and Mike Risko add their over the top guitar chops to a couple of solos, Mike Dolsen and John Gall on synth and piano along with Jared Lees on the bass and auxiliary percussion.

A fantastic follow up to Metz's very well received debut CD, Legion of Dreams, AXIS SHIFT is a must have.

Trixi- Guitar Central:

Rob covers the gamut here. Heavy riffs, sweet melodies, shredding leads and soulful interludes. The creative maturity in his song writing and musical structures shine brightly throughout. The variety of styles and tones on this CD make it well worth the price .

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Rob Metz showcased melodic guitar instrumentals in a style similar to Joe Satriani. Backed by drummer Jay Tucker and bassist Jared Lees, the power trio format gave Rob & Co. plenty of room to stretch out on material from his two albums Legion of Dreams from 2006 and his most recent, Axis Shift. Rob is a talented and tasteful player, with an especially nice touch with the whammy and his myriad foot pedal effects. Jared Lees delivered an excellent bass solo full of Jaco style harmonics & funky thumb slapping, while Jay Tucker not only provided the drums, he also appeared to be in charge of the sequencers that were taking the place of keyboards. The melodic and tonal sense Rob brings to his instrumentals keeps them from sounding like the typical blues jams that are so common with guitar/bass/drum groups.



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Chris Manning

Great Guitarist, Great Intrumental Rock Release!
Fans of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and other guitar greats will dig this CD. As a guitarist myself, I appreciate Rob's use of the whammy bar, wah pedal, and stellar technique in furthering the song and not just proving that he can play at the expense of the song. Metz covers a lot pf ground stylistically and the songs have memorable hooks, which IMO is critical in making instrumental rock tunes great. "Axis Shift" is a compelling, well produced CD with much to offer fans of guitar-based instrumentals.

Dag Fjellby

Rob Metz – Axis Shift – Amazing guitar rock!
Again I’m tempting to “draw lines” to other guitarists like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai or Neal Schon, but I don’t think it’s fair. Well, when you’re a guitarist like Rob Metz, it is a tendency that you will be compared to other guitarists.
I think Mr. Metz with his combinations of rock, metal, shred, jazz and world elements, stands forward as a fresh new guitar player. He writes very good melodies and his guitar technique is out of the ordinary. I also feel the CD’s “growing” for each time I listen to it. The band is really good and they play very well together.
For a guitar rock fan, this is just A MUST HAVE. Check out the CD “Legion of Dreams” also.
I doubted if I should give this a 4 or 5 star, but I landed on a STRONG 4 star+. The CD is really good, but there’s always room for improvement. Recommended!

michael zanowick

rob metz axis shift
intence guitar work,combined styles and synth, make for premo creative guitar cd.