of "Fantasy" (Release 2000) by Evil G, October 2000
Rating : 4/5
this album gets a 4/5 the guitar playing deserves a 5/5!
By the gods, this guy can totally shred! I think the leads on this
are overall probably more faster and ripping that on his newer self-titled
CD on Shrapnel Records. It's not hard to see why Shrapnel's Mike
Varney signed this guy after hearing this CD.
style of music on Fantasy is neo-classical shred. It has slower
melodic moments like "Ave Maria" but it's the ass kicking
songs like "Fantasy", "Master of Strings" and
the double kicker "Virtuosa" which interest me. Perhaps
part of the reason why I like neo-classical shredding so much is
because of my childhood when my parents would play a lot of Mozart,
Vivaldi and Handel. I don't listen to those composers myself, but
I do hear elements of them and Paganini in the themes and melodies
on Fantasy. The CD closing track "Moto Perpetno" with
it's nonstop lead guitar and backing harpsichord is incredible!
This is the kind of thing that is Borislav's strong point. When
he attempts to play something more funky in a Satriani / Via way
like "Lion Heart" or "Hired Gun" it doesn't
work for me. Thankfully, that style is not pushed very much on the
CD. That said, the solo in "Lion Heart" itself is still
was previously released only in Yugoslavia in 1996 and is now finally
available here in North America. Borislav's new album will be out
on Shrapnel Records in 2001.
It would be nice if there were a couple of vocal tracks on there.
Maybe he can get one of the many former Yngwie vocalists to make
a just appearance! (haha) I'm in NO WAY saying that in a sarcastic
way and I don't think that Borislav is a Yngwie wanna-be.
He just happens to play neo-classical guitar and as such it is inevitable
that people will compare him to the master, Mr. Malmsteen.
There's plenty room in this world for more than one neo-classical
would recommend this CD to fans of instrumental high caliber
hard rock and to those who like the shredding side of guitar playing.
There are no vocals on here just the breathtaking playing
of this great guitarist.
of "Fantasy" (Release 2000), October 2000
is guitarist Borislav Mitic's 1996 Yugoslavian release which eventually
led to his signing with Shrapnel Records. Featuring original compositions
and works by Paganini, Handel and Bach, the CD is a neo-classical
shredfest in every sense of the word. Mitic explains, "The
music on Fantasy was largely inspired by virtuoso compositions by
the legendary violin wizard Niccolo Paganini. My dream at that time
was to reach the beauty of expression and the level of technical
brilliance of playing that can be heard on the classical violin
and make it part of the electric guitar. Dexterity, passion, singing
vibrato, control and perfection in execution of musical ideas were
the goals I was after and hopefully the ones I achieved. I consider
my playing on this album to be some of my best ever."
Guitar (Electric (Heavy)/Neo-Classical Metal/Shred),
total running time, 44:33
of "Fantasy" (Release 2000) by Brian Coles, October 2000
Exclusively released in Yugoslavia back in 1996, Fantasy finally
sees an independent reissue.
you like Mitic's sophomore effort, you'll enjoy delving back and
discovering this one. Powerful, yet intricate and melodic guitar
playing is the common thread throughout the disc. Reworks of Bach,
Paganini and Handel are given a subtle electrification, yet with
a purified tone. While the rockers are well done, some of the highlights
are in the lighter pieces, such as "Epitaph", done with
a sophisticated melancholy. "Lion Heart", on the other
hand, presents a modern metal shuffle and recalls Steve Morse circa
'92 with it's clean and spry delivery. "The Road To Babylon"
starts with a riff that would fit well as the under current for
Sunset Strip sleaze rock yet continues into various passages that
give it an extra depth and longevity. Actually, Borislav's original
material is the real eye opener here. The riffs and grooves are
more unique and memorable from most "original" rock acts
springing forth in the new millenium.
proves a flexible and confident player who can write as well as
interpret. Totally recommended for guitar nuts.
Review of "Fantasy"
(release 2000) by Jerome Long, May 2001
Cet album est en fait une réédition d'un album que
Borislav avait sorti en Yougoslavie quelques années avant
de signer chez Shrapnel. C'est même cet album qui a été
envoyé à Mike Varney. Et à l'écoute
de ce fameux album, on comprend très vite pourquoi le père
Varney a signé le jeune Serbe. Autant dire que l'album est
très nettement orienté néoclassique avec des
influences de Paganini et Bach. Et pour preuve, on a droit à
de nombreuses reprises ou passages de Paganini comme sur "La
Campanella", ou bien encore le feu d'artifice technique du
"Moto Perpetuo", morceau qui termine l'album en apothéose
et qui est considéré par beaucoup comme la pièce
la plus complexe du violoniste italien. L'album contient d'excellents
titres néoclassiques s'orientant plutôt du genre Malmsteen
comme par exemple "Master Of Strings", "Virtuosa"
et "Fantasy". On assiste également à deux
magnifiques ballades, "Forever" et "All These Years",
qui ne sont pas sans rappeler un certain Bach. Mais le plus surprenant
est la présence de titres funk-rock un peu dans le genre
Greg Howe ou Blues Saraceno ( "Lion Heart", "Riding
The Wind", "Hired Gun" ) , et qui viennent donner
une petite touche d'éclectisme très sympathique.
album constitue donc un excellent investissement!!
of "Fantasy" (release 2000) by Mike Sandomirsky, February
Mr. Borislav Mitic – Guitar Virtuoso!! Hailing originally
from Yugoslavia, currently residing in Montreal, Canada. You may
remember his sophomore release simply titled “Borislav Mitic”.
It was released on the Shrapnel Label back in 1998. If you enjoyed
this guitar extravaganza you will most certainly enjoy delving back
to 1996 when Borislav released his introductory guitar masterpiece
“Fantasy”. This first outing, up until now,
was only available in Yugoslavia.
showcases Borislav’s formidable skills as a fiery guitar player.
He is heavily influenced by Nicolo Paganini and classical music
in general. Many of the tracks on Fantasy have excerpts from Paganini’s
caprices interwoven into the compositions. Mitic handles these intricate
passages with the authority of a seasoned composer / arranger. Where
others might tread on imitation, Mitic offers up a refreshing
interpretation of Paganini’s greatest licks.
first five tracks are a shred fest of over the top neo-classical
guitar playing at it’s finest. Borislav takes us all to school
in these first five tracks showing us mere mortal guitar players
how it is really supposed to be done. From high-speed arpeggios
to intricate sweeps, Mitic navigates the fret board with confidence
and bravado. His playing on Fantasy definitely establishes him as
a true stylist with his own unique voice. He is not just playing
rubbish for the sake of impressing or playing fast. Every note is
well thought out and has its purpose in the overall structure of
of the original tunes on the CD are the real gems. Songs like “The
Road to Babylon” which is a straight out rocker interspersed
with very cool classical sounding runs and leads or the very beautiful
“Epitaph” with it’s acoustic overtones; these
are the tunes that push Mitic to the forefront of instrumental guitar.
proves once again that he is a groundbreaker, setting new standards
for guitar playing in the 21st Century. This is intelligent music
for the seasoned listener. If you are a fan of instrumental guitar
– you owe it to yourself to seek out this extraordinary CD.
of "Fantasy" (Release 2000) by Lennart Hedenstrom, October
Last year I reviewed Borislav Mitic's selftitled CD released in
the US (Shrapnel) and I found him to be an extremely skilled guitarist.
The CD spinning in my player this time is actually a CD that Mitic
recorded back in 1996, that got Mitic the record contract with Shrapnel
in the first place, titled "Fantasy". Mitic has brought
revived the CD in a remastered version and it gives great insight
to his talent and inspiration.
now residing in North America, but originally from the former Yugoslavia,
shows a lot of influences from classical music and perhaps mostly
to the great Paganini. Several tracks on this CD has sections where
Mitic has worked excerpts from music written by Paganini, Bach and
Händel. Mitic's playing is a perfect match for the fluent and
fast passages since he simply is one of those superfast players
that makes it sound so clean and simple but it's all done at an
amazing pace. Mindboggling!
backing tracks, drums and bass, are a bit dull in my opinion and
mostly just a faded background that is there just to give structure
to the songs but in no way interfere with Mitic's playing and not
in any way risk that the listener loses the focus on the guitar.
So yes, this is very much a guitarist's CD. So if you are a guitar
fan and prefer neo-classical metal with amazing guitar playing this
is for you. This is even more imoprtant since this an 100% instrumental
CD. When Mitic isn't in classical territory he gives us a few stomping
metallic rockers and romantic ballads.
am not going to mention any other guitarist of the genre as a comparison,
which would be almost too obvious. I think Mitic deserves a place
ranked as one of the absolutely best players and I wish him all
the best for the future and may he long continue to wring that guitar
neck and give us guitar maniacs pleasure.