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Album · 1999


1. Sky Rider (4:01)
2. Chasing a Dream (3:21)
3. Mystic (Part I) (2:47)
4. Mystic (Part II) (6:24)
5. Waltz of Time (4:05)
6. Celtic Legends (Part I) (1:32)
7. Celtic Legends (Part II) (5:20)
8. Ballade Pour Elle (4:26)
9. Bird Dance (3:24)
10. Light of 7 (Part II) (2:56)
11. Light of 7 (Part I) (4:25)
12. Southern Wind (7:02)
13. Fairytale's End (4:17)

Total Time: 54:05


- Borislav Mitic / guitars
- Jacques Roy / bass guitar
- Marc Bonneau / drums

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Released by Shrapnel.

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Serbian born BORISLAV MITIC caught the guitar bug early on at the age of 11 when he began to emulate his influential guitar gods that ranged from Jimi Hendrix and Ritchie Blackmore to Jimmy Page before discovering the new bars raised that started with the shredding wizard of Yngwie Malmsteen and subsequent army of faster-than-the-speed-of-light shredders that ranged from the neoclassical prowess of Jason Becker and Marty Friedman to the more bizarre guitar freakery from Bumblefoot and Todd Duane. After setting his homeland on fire with his debut album “Fantasy,” he caught the attention of the never-ending searcher of guitar virtuosity in the form of Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records who offered him a chance to join the big boy’s club and enter the world stage. Fearing missed opportunities in a then recently collapsed Yugoslavia, MITIC relocated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada and so he could work on his first self-titled international release.

Whilst the “Fantasy” album showcased MITIC’s uncanny finger dexterity and militant command of classical scale manipulation, this eponymously titled album finds MITIC adopting a wider palette of influences many of which were taken from the fertile crossroads of his homeland in the Balkan area of southeastern Europe. While BORISLAV’s technical chops had been honed perfectly on “Fantasy,” on this album they find their way into a more meaningful mystic journey through various styles ranging from not only the classical leanings of the previous album but incorporate many folk elements that range from Balkan gypsy swing, Celtic Irish jigs, caffeinated waltzes and Middle Eastern rhythms that are sifted from a plethora of regional cultural and religious imprints from his youth. All of which conspire to embark on a fascinating mix of ethnic folk music amplified by the extremities of neoclassical shred metal gone wild.

The album starts off with the opening tracks “Sky Rider” and “Chasing A Dream” which furiously erupt into shredder’s paradise with blitzkrieg finger breaking antics that not only showcase MITIC’s guitar shredding talents and ability to compose brilliant material to solo over but also the two other members who join in to make this more of a band sound. Jacques Roy joins in on bass and although not as funk rock oriented as the bass player on “Fantasy,” finds a unique role in the rhythmic performances. This album also finds a real human drummer in the form of Marc Bonneau who is equally talented with more tricks and trinkets than simply keeping the beat while the guitarist goes nuts. These three provide a well-balanced rhythmic drive although it’s true that the star of the show is of course MITIC whose shredding skills are on full display although he carefully crafts the compositions so that they are climax producing crescendos for the most part rather than a ceaseless cannonade of blitzkrieg bombast.

In addition to the expected guitar shredding excellence par none are atmospheric and even ambient segments that build emotional portraits before the more aggressive elements kick in. Three sets of tracks provide a slow and brooding swarm of atmospheric build up before a more folk oriented metal track is allowed to unfold. These include “Mystic I & II” with its sizzling Hendrix inspired riffing, the metal jig “Celtic Legends I & II” as well as the more progressive metal oriented “Light Of 7 I & II” which runs the gamut of emotional connection before adding the technical wizardry. It begins with an Indian sitar inducing raga to usher in a bombastic time signature rich sizzling riff and solo frenzy. While heavier metal is the king of the roost here, MITIC also implements the slower number “Ballade Pour Elle” which complements the ambient and more chilled out intros.

BORISLAV MITIC found his happy zone on this international debut where his pyrotechnic shredding skills integrate perfectly into not only the bluesy rock and parades of wah-wah rich riffing but especially in the mystic folk laden journey in which he rides the caravan and adds his own guitar sounds on top of. This is a brilliant album that works on many levels. Highlight tracks are the two openers “Sky Rider” and “Chasing A Dream,” “Celtic Legends,” the feisty facemelter “Bird Dance” and my favorite gypsy swing inspired “Southern Wind.” Every track fits together perfectly with the exception of the rather tediously generic closer “Fairytale’s End” which i find quite weak in comparison but since it’s the last track i just pretend it doesn’t exist. While neoclassical instrumental shredding albums are surely not to everyone’s liking, for those who find this stuff exhilarating, BORISLAV MITIC offered one of the best of the genre with this self-titled gem.

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