Making your dream come true with a guitar. That is what Sam Russell is doing. Previously he shared the stage with Steve Vai and with the release of his album Impetuous Desire a deeply rooted wish sees the light of day. Sam Russell is a guitarist from West London, England, who wrote all the songs for Impetuous Desire himself and recorded them with the help of Jason Bowld on drums (Bullit For My Valentine) and the Grande Dame of German hard rock, Doro Pesch.
Sam Russell's album debut is rooted in traditional blues-based hard rock, complemented by neo-classical and symphonic elements (think Ingwie Malmsteen but also of Sammy Hagar and a band like Fates Warning).
With a recording of Bach's first and second cello suites for electric guitar already under his belt, a choice of topics that go from (lost) love to Dante’s La Divina Comedia, and music that makes excursions from lyrical voices to violent grunts, Russell shows himself a versatile artist. Illustrative of the variety of musical tastes that are on display here, are the songs Leigh Wood and Fire, Desire. The first one a ballad sung by Doro Pesch - a dream within a dream coming true for Russell - and the second one a skull crusher of a song (with Ryan Mueller on grunt) that puts the listener in a Death Metal state of mind. Daniel Leigh is the third singer on the record, a voice with a pleasant sense for melody, who can be heard (with the exception of the instrumentals Longing, that comes with a cello, and Riffstrumental) on the rest of the songs.
Sam Russel combines his taste for story telling in catchy songs in which the guitar soli are like the bubbles in the champagne. Despite the use of many resources (Waves of Tomorrow has for instance seven guitar tracks), and a predilection for grand gestures, the production doesn't lean too much towards bombast. The album has a clear, transparent sound in which details get the attention they deserve.
A man (or a woman) with an electric guitar is like a kid with a big toy and with that big toy Sam Russel fulfills a dream. With Impetuous Desire, Sam Russell made a dream of a record that, with the excitement that comes from witnessing dreams come alive, is both a showcase of his current skills and a promise for the (nearby) future.
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