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Borislav Mitic

Borislav Mitic

Shrapnel

Being a keen guitar enthusiast, I have always wanted to try some music from Shrapnel Records -- a Californian record company that endorses only guitarists of great talent -- and this album happens to be my first one. After having listened to this CD for nearly a week now, as I sit down to review it, I feel fully content with the quality of music on this disc! All right!

   About the music and the musician: I have never heard of Borislav Mitic or his music before, but from this album, he sounds like a virtuoso in the style of Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Morse, Steve Vai, and others. Even though his style of neo-classical playing reminds me of these renowned guitarists, he is different from all of them (except for Steve Morse, maybe) in that this album is more of "bare" guitar than "cunning stunts" with the guitar. So you wouldn't hear dive bombs, whammys, or speed-taps here, but plenty of scale runs and fast picking. Gear-wise, from pictures on the inside sleeve, Borislav plays a Fender guitar with scalloped neck (and some after-market pickups). It must be this Serbian's great playing combined with the warm, deep tone of his guitar that got me hooked fast. He thanks Jimi Hendrix and the Serbian Orthodox Church for inspiration.

Shrapnel Records, P.O.Box P, Novato, CA 94948; http://www.shrapnelrecords.com/

--George Jegadesh