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"Black Glue" (Universal)mikeblack.jpg (10155 bytes)

Reviewed by Snidermann

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As far as instrumental guitar music goes, Michael Hartman's "Black Glue" rocks with the very best of them. The similarities to Steve Vai are readily apparent and it just so happens Steve Vai and Michael Hartman are good friends. 

Each tune is a finely crafted piece of work in itself, told with the talent and skill only a true guitar master can pull off. I can name only a few guitar masters that can successfully complete a recording like this: the late great Frank Zappa for one, the aforementioned Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and now Michael Hartman. 

Awesome acoustic renditions are scattered throughout this CD, compiled right alongside ripping electric guitar licks. This guy doesn't need a vocalist to make his point, his guitar speaks for itself. "Black Glue" sucks you into its vortex and never lets up until the very last track. 

I'm usually not a fan of instrumental guitar, but Michael Hartman is as good or better as any I've heard. For more information, click here to read our interview with Michael Hartman. Mike's talent is even more amazing when you read his incredibly inspiring story.

Rating Guide:

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) A classic. This record will kick your ass.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

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restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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