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Points North
Road Less Traveled

 


By Robert Kitay

“Road Less Traveled” is the debut album from California based Points North. If you like guitar based instrumental rock music such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Steve Morse, and Eric Johnson, you should like this album.

 

It is full of well crafted songs with great musicianship - no lyrics here, just guitar, bass and drums. Points North is comprised of Eric Barnett on guitar, Damien Sisson on bass, and Kevin Aiello on drums. Damien Sisson has now left Points North to join Death Angel and has been replaced by Uriah Duffy of Whitesnake. The legendary Stu Hamm has also been known to fill in on bass for live shows on occasion.

 

Although Eric Bernett’s guitar is featured on the album, it is mixed into the songs more than let’s say a Joe Satriani or Eric Johnson album giving this more of a band feel to it rather than just a guitar showcase. This is one of those albums best appreciated by lying down on the couch with the lights off, turning up the volume and letting the music take you on a journey.

 

Each song has a different feel to it, and the influences heard on this album are a who’s who of great musicianship. The song “Grace Under Pressure,” as the name implies, has riffs influenced by the Rush album of the same name, but has a completely different feel to it and is about as far from a cover song as you can get.

 

Highly recommended.

 

 

Review posted 28 May 2012