Warp 3 - Music Has Evolved Warp 3, a trio from Tucson, Arizona, plays the lightly fusion and funk influenced instrumental rock that seems to be the 90s refuge of "shred" guitarists schooled in Satriani and Vai style chops. The pretentious title of their first full length CD Music Has Evolved almost begs for laughter, as the style and playing strongly evoke 80s instrumental guitar, but there's a little more depth to Warp 3 than most shred. Original and engaging instrumental rock is very difficult. Warp 3's writing avoids some common pitfalls, like overly repetitious riffs and bloatedly extended solos. The songs move lightly from riff to riff, almost always without changes in tempo or meter, so they occasionally grow monotonous but never boring. The writing is competent if slightly bland, as few of the riffs or melodies are really memorable. The major key, poppy snap of "Driven" sounds just like pumped up, action/romance scene music for the triumphant ending where John Cusak gets the girl in some 80s high school movie. The playing is slick and smooth by all musicians, and some clean piano adds welcome texture beyond the guitar trio format. Warp 3 is solid modern shred-fusion, recommended to fans of Tone Center CDs like Chambers/MacAlpine/Brunnel. Reviewed by Scott Andrews
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