Review: Ryan Rostrom Album Release

From face-melting solos, to soulful lyrics.

March 10, 2017

If you enjoy face melting guitar solos, soulful and intricate guitar covers, and an overall Steve Vai/Joe Satriani mix–then Ryan Rostrom’s new album will definitely speak to your core. If you haven’t heard of these guitar gods, or aren’t too familiar with this style, let me introduce you to one of Provo’s most elite guitarists–meet Ryan Rostrom.

I picked up a physical copy of the album last week, and have really dug into the music. It’s a full-length 12 song album with tons of diversity. The versatile sound begins with the first track, entitled “Intro.” Whenever I go for a run, I throw on some tunes to jog with. I often find myself jogging to the beat–or rather, the intensity of the song. Rostrom’s tracks are “marathon” worthy. Some of his tracks are long enough to really build in intensity, and drop off to a state of complete zen–as if you’re climbing mountains and descending into valleys.

I recently attended Rostrom’s CD Release show at Audio West in Orem. Opening the show up for Foreign Figures is no small task. Not to mention, he was alone on stage playing (shredding) to backing tracks. I was amazed at his stage presence and overall performance. He played so hard that he even snapped his guitar strap in two! Now THAT is rock-n-roll, my friends.

I was well aware of Rostrom’s shredding capabilities before the show–But I didn’t anticipate his voice to be that great. He can really belt the notes that every rocker screams, yet has complete control when he tones it down for a softer ballad that calls for a tender voice; “I Can See Clearly Now” (Track 10).

The question is, would I refer this album to a friend? Yes. Rostrom’s skills as a guitarist rank extremely high on any scale. Check out his album and buy it on iTunes!

 

 

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