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Michael Angelo Batio - Hands Without Shadows (2005)

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  1. Magic

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    Artist: Michael Angelo Batio
    Album: Hands Without Shadows
    Released: October 27, 2005
    Genre: Instrumental Rock, Progressive Metal, Shred Guitarist

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    The Band:
    Michael Angelo Batio - lead guitar, all rhythm guitars and keyboards, production
    William Kopecky - 6 string and fretless bass
    Bobby Rock - drums
    Mark Tremonti - guitar
    Bill Peck - guitar
    Doug Marks - guitar
    Stuart Bull - guitar
    Rudy Sarzo - bass

    Michael Angelo Batio is without a doubt the best shredder in metal music. This album is a cover album, for the most part, only 2 songs on the album are actually written by Batio; “Hands Without Shadows” and “Pray On, Prey”. The cover songs are how covers should be done, Batio takes the songs and adds his own style to them, making the songs innovative and fresh. The album is instrumental, but an excellent choice for some heavy background music.

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    01. Burn - Deep Purple
    02. Tribute To Randy - Blizzard Of Ozz
    03. Zeppelin Forever - Led Zeppelin
    04. Hands Without Shadows - Batio
    05. Wherever I May Roam - Metallica
    06. Dream On - Aerosmith
    07. Pray On, Prey - Batio
    08. All Along The Watchtower - Bob Dylan (Inspired By Jimi Hendrix)

    Burn: Burn is a Deep Purple cover, with intense, fast paced shreds. Very innovative cover.
    Tribute to Randy: This is a dedication to Randy Rhodes. You will hear mixes from Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley along with some other Batio flavors added to the solo portions of Crazy Train. The song flows very nicely from one mix to the next.
    Zeppelin Forever: This song is a mash up of bits and pieces of Zeppelin tunes rolled into a unique blend designed by Batio. Batio lets you know what Page would have sounded like if he were a shredder.
    Hands Without Shadows: This is a piece written by Batio. It has a nice opening build then drops and re-opens to some high energy shreds. The song title is self explanatory, hands moving so fast they leave no shadows.
    Wherever I May Roam: Metallica never sounded so good! High energy cover of the song showing that Batio has true genius with the guitar.
    Dream On: Batio takes this cover to a new level of creativity, taking the vocal portions of the song and letting the guitar talk. A very beautiful cover, easy to listen to.
    Pray On, Prey: This is a song composed by Batio, very melodic with unique breaks in the song followed by high octane shredding. A very progressive and complex song.
    All Along the Watchtower: This song is hardly recognizable as a Hendrix composition. All the instrumentation is clearly heard on this song. Excellent production!

    This album is put together very nicely. It is more than just speed jamming of notes, Batio puts on a great production. A production where you can hear all the instruments being played, including bass. He tweeks the melodies on vocal portions of songs, which can be quite difficult especially on “All Along the Watchtower”.

    My rating for listening pleasure 4.5/5
     
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    Re: Michael Angelo Batio ~ Hands Without Shadows

    Is this the same guy from Nitro?? One listen to "Burn" from this album gave me the answer!! I just bought a special Best Buy issue of Spin magazine yesterday which came with a 90 day free Napster subscription so as soon as I read your great review I gave it a listen to. This is much better than Nitro,he is an unbelievable shredder.Nitro also featured Lita Fords husband Jim Gilette on lead vocals
     
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    Re: Michael Angelo Batio ~ Hands Without Shadows

    Yes, he is the "Nitro" guy. :) He also was a part of a band called "Holland" with ex-Steppenwolf singer, Tommy Holland.

    Batio is also the inventor of the Quad Guitar.


    I have not seen him play this except on video. The critics give some pretty rave reviews of his use of this outlandish looking guitar.

    Batio also has to his credit the first use of a 7 string guitar, which is also the top half of the quad.
     
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    Re: Michael Angelo Batio ~ Hands Without Shadows

    Yeah how does he do it.....and many peeps don't even know about him....he's been experimenting this technique for ages ....in the shadows:)
     
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    Great Review Magic. Love this album
     

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