Rik Em­mEtt & REs­o­lu­tion 9

Res 9

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC -

Rik Em­mett is singer-gui­tarist for Cana­dian rock band, Tri­umph and con­sid­ered a gui­tarist’s gui­tarist due to his ver­sa­tile chops. With Res 9, the 11 songs are per­formed by his reg­u­lar band but en­hanced by guest spots from Rush’s Alex Life­son and Dream The­ater’s James Labrie. Opener Stand Still has an ar­rest­ing Texas groove with thick hum­bucker tones and slinky licks. Hu­man Race fea­tures tight rock gui­tars and Life­son’s vi­brant Rick­en­backer 12 string. The an­themic I Sing not only sounds big but boasts some of the al­bum’s most pas­sion­ate vo­cals, here shared by Em­mett and Labrie. For blues-rock fans, the emo­tive The Ghost Of Shadow Town will get re­peated plays; a big triplet groove and great solo­ing. The closer, End Of The Line im­presses as Em­mett and Life­son trade so­los; and there’s a splen­did ‘re-union’ with Em­mett and his old Tri­umph mates for Grand Pa­rade.

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