I LOVE this CD, this is right there with Joe Satraini's Flying In A Blue Dream and Surfing whit the Alien. I already knew the 4 songs from the EP were great (Pair Of Dice, Strange to Me, Change Is Coming and 495-which is not on the full length CD) 3 of which are on the full length CD. Bruce is one of those special Guitar players who can make his Guitar talk, sing, cry, scream out and wail. He is a complete lead player and more importantly he plays with such emotion. The CD starts off with three of the songs from the EP.
"Pair of Die" a mid tempo rocker, reminiscent of summer song by Joe Satraini in its feel, it has a beautiful lead that sores throughout the whole song, it sings out in a gentle fashion and then it Bites which some fine shredding then back to the Beautiful lead again; "Strange To Me" Is the first song with Singing, it reminds me of Union. Nice song, love the lyrics, real catchy, the singing style reminds me a little bit of Alice Cooper; I don't mean the sound of his voice, but the style in which he sings it, if you know what I mean. Strange To Me has an excellent lead in it; and "Change is Coming" what a great intro Guitar screeching, and is very powerful. Another song with lyrics and Bruce is a fine Lyric writer. Every song on this CD is catchy. I have now listened to it all the all the way through 100s of times, plus I have a CDR in my car.
Next comes "Need Me" and it is da bomb, it rips, good lyrics, well sung, a total rocker, cool lead lick, His Guitar just screams out. "I Don't Mind" is a slower tempo song, it starts off softer and then gets heavy. It has Really nice chorus, and a Beautiful lead. MONSTER ISLAND Just rips, faster tempo, its as good as anything Joe Satraini or Steve Vie (sp) do. Fantastic Leads rifts, great chruchy Chords. "Please Don't wait" is a nice Ballad, Bruce does a good job singing on this one, it also has a nice lead which goes along like the song.
"Liar" is a fantastic song, man oh man, Bruce's Guitar is weeping and wailing on this one, it has such a somber, sad, feel, what a great tone he achieves. This song is so moving, there is no need for lyrics, the Guitar tells the whole story. It starts off with a beautiful plaintive lead wail (Hard to put in words you have to experience it, such emotion in his playing) and picks up with some shredding. IT'S Fantastic. Great use of either bending of the strings (or vibrato, foot peddle I don't know I am not technical-just sounds funkin great) toward the 1:30 mark and on. "I Can't Take" is a song in the vain of KISS, it has that same feel in the vocals which Bruce handle well. The Music is way thicker than Kiss though. I would call this one a mid tempo rocker. Good song.
The Next Song "Dogs of Morrison" Just rips, its another song with vocals, it is a very heavy song. This song is real catchy, could be an FM Radio hit, if you could get it on the radio (corp. BS). Real Nice Heavy Bass work in this one, nice Chords laces across the bass work, and a real cool lead lick they has some Guitar harmonies as part of it (duel leads). Did I say I love this CD. WHAT a GOD Send Bruce is for GFR (Bruce is now a new member of the great 70s band The Grand Funk Railroad). The Last Song is "Skydome," this is an instrumental and is a great song to end the CD with. Skydome is extremely catchy, and just has "GUITAR GOD" Stamped all over it. Skydome is a Guitar Clinic, cool heavy beat and nice chords. Great shredding and hammer and pulls on this one, Bruce's leads are just wailing again on this one he goes from beautiful to viscous. Great stuff. GET IT