Rondat, Patrick - On The Edge

Year of Release: 1999
Label: Limb Music Products
Catalog Number: LMP 9904-010 CD
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

On The Edge is guitarist Patrick Rondat's new album and the follow-up to the successful Amphibia. Rondat is perhaps most known for his work with Jean M. Jarre but On The Edge is in fact his fourth solo album. There are not many guitar-instrumental albums released today that are really interesting and innovative, but Rondat is one of those guitar-heroes that still produces instrumental rock that's both interesting and creative. On this new album, Rondat has teamed up with world renowned and loved jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani (R.I.P), unique violinist Didier Lockwood, as well as Tommy Aldridge [drummer] of various bands such as Whitesnake and Gary Moore.

This is high quality instrumental rock with elements of prog rock/metal/ambient and jazz/fusion. What excites me the most is the fact that Rondat doesn't try to be the fastest guitarist in the world and show off from start to end. Rondat instead focuses on technique, feeling, emotion, song-structure and melody. While this CD shows a wide spectrum of musical influences and elements, Rondat's ability to blend power and melody into his songs is unique. The songs are technical and complex, but never lose its sense of melody. The great clear production, the song-structures and arrangements are very professional.

Fans of instrumental rock and guitar-heroes as well as the ordinary prog metal fan will love this CD.

[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]

Destinies / Cloudy Mountains / Why Do You Do Things Like That? / Into The Wild / Duality Intro / Duality Pt I / Duality Pt Ii / Duality Pt Iii / Burn Out (acoustic Version) / If Ever I Come Back / On The Edge / Across The Bridge / Our Paths Crossed

European version: Duality Intro / Duality Part I / Duality Part II / Duality Part III / Destinies / Into The Wild / If I Ever Come Back / On The Edge / Burn Out (acoustic version) / Why Do You Do Things Like That? / Cloudy Mountain / Across The Bridge Our Paths Crossed

Patrick Rondat - guitars
Michel Petrucciani - piano
Didier Lockwood - violin
Phil Woindrich - keyboards
Patrice Guers - bass
Tommy Aldridge - drums

Time - The Element (1985)
Just For Fun (1989)
Rape Of The Earth (1991/93)
Amphibia (1996/98)
Amphibia Tour Album (1996)
On The Edge (1999)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin FR

Added: February 19th 2005
Reviewer: Bjørnar Bevolden
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