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Super String Theory

Springfield, MO | Established. Jan 01, 2002 | SELF

Springfield, MO | SELF
Established on Jan, 2002
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"Super String Theory - An Invention For Times Like These"

This appears to be the third album from this Missouri-based band, and it is an entirely instrumental album of guitar-based fusion, albeit on the heavier end of that particular spectrum. The band is a three-piece of Aaron Roten (guitar) John Anderson (drums) and Rick Stansfield on bass.

Together they lay down some seriously chunky and yet funky grooves across this album of 10 tracks. Opening with a bottom-end heavy riff and proceeding to shred in a manner not dissimilar to Joe Satriani or Steve Vai, yet always with a melodic verve, this is a guitar-fest for fans of that genre.

It's not all heavy metal flailing though, as Arrival of a New Boss opens with some delicate and almost lazy arpeggio runs, before adapting a more muscular tone, before harkening back in a juxtaposition of sounds, which is very effective and unusual.

Indignity of the Belt Tightener is a slow-burning, bass-heavy groove track and also the longest piece on offer. It is full of stop-start moments and some wild soloing throughout.

Gear Tooth has a good use of dynamics and some lighter passages as well. Throughout the album the bass is busy, underpinning the rhythm, and the drummer makes full use of his (presumably) double-bass pedal for the faster passages.

Fourth Floor brings a welcome change of pace, as it uses a classical guitar to good effect, along with some marching drum patterns. It's a rather catchy riff that is used throughout this piece, and one cannot help but admire the obvious techniques these guys have.

Bell Whistle employs a wah wah pedal to change the sound a little, before the shredding starts again. It's effective and breaks up what could be mundane guitar histrionics.

Steps is another departure track, in that it employs a lot of subtle, textural guitar lines to great effect, which are set against a simple, yet effective, backing track.

There is some astounding guitar playing on here. Although it can be excessive to take in one sitting, there is a genuine talent in this band.

I think this will most likely appeal to guitar-shred fans, although it has a progressive bent, in the use of differing time signatures and tones. -

"An Invention For Times Like These"

As I've mentioned numerous times on this site, my favorite instrumental albums are the ones that aren't merely showcases for one particular musician (usually a guitarist) but those that are something more. Super-String-Theory's "An Invitation for Times Like These" is one of those that's something more.

Each of the ten tracks on this CD is carefully composed and performed to make it more of a complete song rather than just a show of a guitar trickery. Don't get me wrong, the solos are there and, when you hear them, there is no doubt of the lead guitarist's amazing talent, but it's never to the detriment of the song. It's more of a way to tell stories without using words. And it holds your attention easily.

The tracks are for the most part fast-paced and driving and lead guitarist Aaron Roten sometimes brings to mind Joe Satriani ... and there ain't nothing wrong with that.

Super-String-Theory: Aaron Roten - guitars; John Anderson - drums; Rick Stansfeld - bass.

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SUPER STRING THEORY is an instrumental-progressive-fusion-metal band from Springfield, Missouri. Their music breaks through the fences that surround and separate music with easily definable terms. Driven by musical experimentation and the unending pursuit of musical knowledge and virtuosity, SUPER STRING THEORY have developed a technical yet progressive instrumental metal sound, that maintains accessibility through strong, memorable melodies and crafty arrangements that always tell a story.

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