Friday, June 10, 2011
Shredding Metal Guitar in Modern Classical Music? Yes! Georges Lentz's "Ingwe"
And so we live in a time when the release of Georges Lentz's Ingwe (Naxos 8.572483) not only does not shock, it seems quite natural. What we have is a recording of a full length piece for solo electric guitar, played with a bit of dash and flair by Zane Banks. It is, as you have gathered, a work that makes full use of the sounds and techniques of heavy metal guitarcraft.
There are sections of relative quiet; there are sections of bravadosian crank; there are passages somewhere in between. I am not entirely sure that what we have here is a masterpiece, but it does make excellent use of the shred style for a long formed piece of great atmosphere. It should appeal to those who hear the idea and say to themselves, "what a cool thing to do!" If your reaction to the concept is something other than that you may find yourself better looking elsewhere for some musical stimulation. Kudos for Lentz and Banks!