SUPER-STRING-THEORY

"An Invitation for Times Like These" (self-released; 2013)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

As I've mentioned numerous times on this site, my favorite instrumental albums are the ones that aren't merely showcases for one particular musician (usually a guitarist) but those that are something more. Super-String-Theory's "An Invitation for Times Like These" is one of those that's something more.

Each of the ten tracks on this CD is carefully composed and performed to make it more of a complete song rather than just a show of a guitar trickery. Don't get me wrong, the solos are there and, when you hear them, there is no doubt of the lead guitarist's amazing talent, but it's never to the detriment of the song. It's more of a way to tell stories without using words. And it holds your attention easily.

The tracks are for the most part fast-paced and driving and lead guitarist Aaron Roten sometimes brings to mind Joe Satriani ... and there ain't nothing wrong with that.

Super-String-Theory: Aaron Roten - guitars; John Anderson - drums; Rick Stansfeld - bass.

For more information visit http://www.super-string-theory.com.

"Principles of Transformation" (self-released; 2006)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Super-String-Theory, aka Aaron Roten, utilizes a wide swath of styles, speeds, and sounds on “Principles of Transformation.” The disc is essentially a hard rock instrumental record, but each and every song has a variety of influences combined in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. Consequently, “Principles of Transformation” is best described as more of a progressive/fusion rock record.

Elements of jazz, rock, fusion, flamenco, and classical permeate the proceedings on “Principles of Transformation.” As such, “Principles of Transformation” seems best suited for musicians and other guitar-heads that can absorb the broad palette of sounds and consider the deeper intent behind the songs’ structure and flow. Now that obviously makes it sound like the disc might only be for music snobs – but this is not the case. While “Principles of Transformation” has immediate appeal for those more intellectually inclined in their approach to instrumental music there are plenty of opportunities on the disc to simply appreciate it for the woven musical pattern created.

Listening to “Principles of Transformation” brought back memories of when I was younger and I would listen to albums by local (Virginia-based) guitar hero Michael Fath (the fast, technical tracks anyway).

“Principles of Transformation” is solid – just middle-of-the-road enough to attract everyday listeners, but just enough left-of-center to attract a diverse audience.

“Principles of Transformation” was produced by Aaron Roten.

Super-String-Theory: Aaron Roten. Contributors include Steve Mason on drums, John Anderson on drums, James Pitts on keyboards, and Andy Levey on bass guitar.

For more information visit http://www.super-string-theory.com

"Principles of Transformation" (self-released; 2006)

Reviewed by Snidermann

You really have to give props to artists who record purely instrumental CDs for the simple fact that they do not have a singer to hide behind. Everything they do is right up there to be measured and criticized. 

"Principles of Transformation" is a terrific CD filled to overflow with music that's perfectly played and produced throughout.

Frankly, I often get really bored with instrumental releases, but this one held my attention and kept me entertained from beginning to end. 

Super-String-Theory: Aaron Roten. Contributors include Steve Mason on drums, John Anderson on drums, James Pitts on keyboards, and Andy Levey on bass guitar.

For more information visit http://www.super-string-theory.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 

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