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Speed, Traffic and Guitar-Accidents

by Joop Wolters

Debut album from the Dutch axemeister - fluid playing a la Holdsworth in a metal context
Genre: Metal/Punk: Industrial Metal
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1. Interludealloveintersection
3:52 $0.99
2. Hijacked
4:03 $0.99
3. A Day And This...
3:58 $0.99
4. Disturbance
3:47 $0.99
5. Loverslane
1:54 $0.99
6. Beggin' For A Trip To The Stars
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7. Cruising For The Soul
2:50 $0.99
8. Resolute
3:44 $0.99
9. To The G And Back
3:09 $0.99
10. Acoustimas
2:27 $0.99
11. Funkonexion
2:52 $0.99
12. Some Time To Spare
0:42 $0.99
13. The Crash
5:09 $0.99
14. Meka Dance
3:45 $0.99
15. Canned Heart
3:53 $0.99
16. Avenue Le Reinnescance
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17. Split Decision
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Album Notes
Finally available is the first solo recording by European guitarist (he's lived in several countries, including Germany and Belgium) Joop Wolters. Simply called Workshop, the recording shows his guitar and songwriting skills developing throughout the year he spent recording it. Capturing various styles and moods, the nine instrumental songs switch from funky rhythms to full-blown, pedal-to-the-metal rock, Workshop has it all. The opening track, "Tibet" is reminiscent of early Jason Becker and Marty Friedman Shrapnel-era metal tracks, while the remainder of the CD mines a more hard rock vein. Be sure to also catch Wolters on some of the tribute CDs being readied for a 2003 release.



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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Joop Wolters - Speed, Traffic And Guitar Accidents
That CD is a proof that Dutch guitarist still has many ideas to share with the listeners. He recorded second album less than a year after the debut that was shorter twice!

The release's contests ultimately confirm of Joop's musical development within the limits of those genres that were played on "Workshop". To say point-blank, a guitarist "shamelessly" combines rock, metal, acoustic music with jazz, funk and fusion. In my humble opinion, all the fresh tracks are simultaneously more interesting than those ones on the previous album. Probably, the bunch of guest musicians well-known in the world of progression (Vivien Lalu, Alex Argento and Daniel Flores) contributed to it as well. I must admit that my very favourite tracks were played with their participation. Each of them enriches Wolters' music and "expands" an instrumental space of the album. All the compositions are more complex and better arranged than on "Workshop". There predominate tracks at mid-tempos, but it doesn't go to show that Joop can't play very fast ("Split Decision"). I am under the impression of Wolters' bass playing since the debut. Honestly saying, I'd like to see him on one stage next to Billy Sheehan and Randy Coven.

When I learned the announcements on Joop's second CD and the line-up, I expected it would be better material than "Workshop". Just look at aforementioned artists' names to understand why they cooperate together so easily. The strong web of connections between musicians consists in supporting one another in their mother groups, projects and solo activity. Friendly artists have no problem in recording a very good albums at least!