Your crusty chronicler is an individual who generally does his own thing. Still, when Examiner asked for some support for their new “List” format, it was nigh impossible not to be open-minded about it. So, with the spirit of unity and teamwork in mind, your rockin’ reviewer presents this series—“Track by Track” in which we review certain select CDs literally “track by track”. This edition we consider Borislav Mitic’s Electric Goddess.
For those not up on their indie guitarists, Borislav Mitic is a Canada-based, Serbia-born, self-taught guitar virtuoso. Playing since the age of 11, Mitic nurtured his burgeoning signature sound by studying the music of his “musical heroes”. By the age of 18 he had begun to write and record his early instrumentals inspired by a variety of musical genres—from classical to classic rock– and established musicians such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.
(View the list to learn more about the newest release by Borislav Mitic.)
“Garden Of Dreams”
On this new, 13-track release Mitic presents his audience with instrumentals that are all his own. Mitic plays all electric, acoustic and bass guitars backed only by Jeremy Colson (Steve Vai, Billy Idol) on the drums. The album opener is “Garden Of Dreams”. It works but there’s much more to come.
“Win Or Lose” and “Electric Goddess”
The second selection here on this all instrumental release is the hard-rockin’ “Win Or Lose”. Already it is becoming quite clear that Mitic just might be more than your average shredder. It is quickly followed by the titular track, “Electric Goddess”, which continues to carry the listener into this collection of original compositions.
The next number is titled “Time”. Truth to tell, the uninitiated might not fully grasp that this musician is literally doing this all solo backed only by Colson’s percussive prowess. While other more experienced, established artists have been doing this for quite some time, Mitic’s abilities go beyond his years.
“Out Of The Blue” and “Machine World”
“Out Of The Blue” and “Machine World” follow as Mitic plays on following his own muse. This is the second Shrapnel release to focus on his instrumental work and he appears to be flexing his musical muscles if you will. Indeed, hardcore fans and even a couple of critics have praised him for this.
“Moment Of Glory” and “Desert Highway”
“Moment Of Glory” and “Desert Highway” have also received a similar early reception from those already privy to this new guitar project. Fans of guitar heroes can easily listen to tracks such as this and pick out not only Mitic’s mixed musical influences but his genres of choice as well.
The cut “New Dawn” is perhaps one of the most appropriate pieces on this new disc as Mitic is obviously sometimes backing off of his heavy metal material influences on occasion to inject his work with some other interesting elements as well. The work is positively drenched with powerful potential.
“Unfinished Business” is also an interesting piece. It also works in the sense that Mitic’s work as a writer is unfinished business as it is obvious that he is truly just getting started. If his current fan following is any indicator, this guy could leave some of his competition in the dust.
“The Golden Throne”
“The Golden Throne” might come off as similar to something by one those guitarists who often include Conan types and half-naked girls on their album covers. Perhaps there is a kernel of truth to that. If so, it is only because Mitic is simply a long-time fan of those guitar demi-gods.
“Destination Reality” and “Alone”
Also included on this compilation of instrumentals are “Destination Reality” and the apt, almost poignant closing cut “Alone”. Mitic somehow manages to keep these (and all the other) cuts different despite somehow having his own signature sound. Your rockin’ reviewer has no clue how he manages to make that happen but he does.
Mitic’s music here is more diverse and at moments even close to soulful. While one can still detect blues, classic rock and metal influences, it is obvious that his technical skill and imaginative sense of adventure continue to grow. If you listen to Borislav Mitic’s Electric Goddess and discover you like it, you’re not “Alone”.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.