Album Review: Avishay Mizrav's 'AM-FM'
Avishay Mizrav may not be a household name quite yet, but he’s been creating complex and intricate guitar music since the tender age of sixteen. The now 31-year-old guitarist has had plenty of experience recording and performing, working with several progressive metal bands such as Disharmony and Colitis. AM-FM sees the guitar wizard stepping into the forefront, focusing on crafting melodic and at times chaotic guitar crescendos with ease. The albums nine tracks feature this more than proficient musician flexing his muscles and exploring the different genres from metal, to grunge and arena rock.
Album opener “Knight Templar” starts things off with high-octane guitar riffs and explosive percussion that would bring any guitar hero to his knees. Mizrav’s melodic guitar is always in center stage, eventually building a cacophony of harmonized distortion.
Album single “Forgotten Melodies” shows Mizrav’s more restrained side, opening with simple, yet powerful guitar lines. This six and a half minuteepic features some of the album’s strongest drumming as well with drummer Rom Gov’s beats rising and falling in intensity with Mizrav’s impressive guitar work. Keyboardist Yoav Volansky also provides the song with a short, but blistering synthesizer solo reminiscent of some of Rush’s more experimental work.
The final song on the album, “These Harmonies,” stands as a testament to all the Mizrav and his band are capable of. This track incorporates a wide and diverse array of influences from classic rock to more jazz leaning melodies and chord structures. This song, which also breaks the six-minute mark, is a fitting closer to an album full of intensity and passion. Avishay Mizrav’s work is a refreshing glimpse into a thriving, if not always recognized community of dedicated, talented Metal musicians.
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