Steve Morse's almost mythical musical capabilities need no introduction. Marrying blazing chops to a singular sense of hook writing creativity, his distinctive brand of rootsy American virtuosity has inspired generations of players to think outside of the pentatonic box. Morse is renowned for reeling off what he calls "un-guitaristic" lines of seemingly impossible complexity. These keyboard- and fiddle-inspired trademark phrases often consist of no more than a single note on any given string. This kind of one-note-per-string arpeggio picking is typically regarded as the domain of fingerpickers, not flatpickers. Yet the effortlessness with which Morse nails these gymnastic routines is the obvious clue that something mechanically magical is happening under the hood.
Germany’s Lanfear really is one of the good, if not one of the better Power Metal bands around. The music of "The Code Inherited", the band’s latest and eighth album, released on the Pure Legends label, is the follow-up to 2012’s "This Harmonic Consonance". With 4 years of silence behind them, the band has had a lot of time to show that they still have the ability to bring to market a release that would once again have their fans loyal to their brand of complex, heavy, multifaceted, and structured Progressive/Power Metal. It is a good thing to be able to say, the wait was well worth it.