of "Borislav Mitic" (Shrapnel) by EvilG, August 1999
Used by permission of Metal-Rules!
scales, sweeping arpeggios, classically influenced chord progressions,
and a godly lead guitar tone. Fans of instrumental guitar music
take note, there is a new guitar maestro on the scene. Borislav
Mitic's all instrumental CD runs the gamut from Yngwie-like shredding
to influences ranging from middle-eastern, Celtic and classical.
Borislav describes his music as having a "significant Yngwie
influence...but there is also a lot of other influences such as
classical music and cultural music." For me it's the significant
Yngwie influence that I'm a sucker for!
comes from Belgrade, the capital of the troubled country of Yugoslavia.
He left the country due to all the shit that is going down over there
and he now resides in Montreal, Canada. Strangely enough Borislav
claims he is basically self-taught. This guy has a gift, but one that
he's obviously worked on very hard through years of practice. Even
though he had made a name for himself in his homeland it was the renown
Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records in the USA who called Borislav immediately
after hearing his music to get him on his label. Released in March
1999, this is Borislav's first release for the label.
me the highlights of the CD are when Borislav shreds (which is thankfully
on most songs) like on "Sky Rider", "Chasing A Dream"
(these two are very melodic and have a big classical influence),
"Mystic II" (the main/theme riff reminds me of something
from Dio-era Rainbow) "Waltz of Time" (begins with a riff
reminiscent of Trilogy-era Yngwie...awesome) Even some of the slower
/ less aggressive stuff is tasteful. For example "Mystic I"
is only lead guitar with subtle background keyboards. Even without
the drums and bass this is very dark sounding and excellent for
late night listening. I don't get as excited with the mellower side
of Borislav's music - hey, after all I'm a metalhead first and foremost!
In one or two places Borislav gets a little too heavy on the wah
pedal (Light of 7 - part I) I'm thinking of Satriani and Steve Vai
here - done well but not his finest playing. Let me tell ya though
this guy can really really play! I think after playing guitar for
about 15 years I should be able to recognize talent when I hear
it. I have only a few minor complaints: the overall music could
be heavier, there should be more backing rhythms, a couple of tracks
with vocals would not be out of place, more intense double kicks
over the 'driving' songs would be way cool, and finally the lead
sound is amazing but the rhythm sound could be thicker and more
is a name you will be hearing more of as I'm sure that he has a
lot of great music inside of him. Let's hope he leans more towards
the extreme playing and heavier music and only uses his other influences
There have been many metal/classical hybrid projects released over
the past few years. Heck, metal and classical have been warming
up to each other as far back as the late 60s, when Mr. Blackmore
began the experimentation phase of Deep Purple. From Yngwie to Masi,
virtuoso shredders have been taking up the "Bach in Black"
project when the fever strikes. Sometimes it impresses while at
others, our lips are left parched for the human element.
Borislav has found a happy middle between precise classical structures
and buoyant hard rock. Backed with serviceable and complimentary
percussion, Mitic breezes along with "Sky Rider", and
the aptly titled "Chasing a Dream". The delicate, full
production allows the music to come off as "orchestral",
even if it is mostly Mitic who's doing all the work. "Bird
Dance" recalls the romantic period, with subtlety colliding
with big bangs. One of the best tracks on the album. Very hummable.
The album also includes doses of Middle Eastern Balkin and Indian
music. Somehow, he blends them flawlessly.
note, It's a testament to Mitic's talent that we forget these pieces
must be very difficult to play, for he allows us to focus on the compositions
instead of worrying whether he can pull of the technical aspects.
Overall very well written and performed.
of "Borislav Mitic" (Shrapnel), 2000
Used by permission of Guitar
Mitic is the self-titled debut from a young Serbian guitarist who
offers hard rock blended with classical and cultural musical influences
ranging from Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and Paganini to Indian, Celtic,
Middle Eastern and Balkan. Mitic states, "My desire was to
take the listener on a mystical guitar journey through the diverse
world that I drew my inspiration from." The CD features Mitic's
melodic, singing guitar style over ten wonderful, all instrumental
tracks full of passion and emotion. Borislav Mitic will satisfy
the enthusiast's craving for new neo-classical guitar.
Guitar (Electric (Heavy)/Neo-Classical Metal/Hard Rock), total running
of "Borislav Mitic" (Shrapnel) by John W. Patterson, 1999
used by permission of progression
guitarist is from Serbia, Belgrade that is, with a certain ethnic/classical
flair to his songs. Vinnie Moore and others of his ilk took to what
is called Bach rock. There are fiery chops galore here, yes, expertly
executed with precision.
Rider", "Chasing A Dream", "Waltz of Time",
and "Ballade Pour Elle" are quite decent Bach rock originals.
What intrigues and wows me are the tunes that obviously integrate
Serbian folk song structures into shred rock. Now that's more my speed.
On "Mystic (Part I and II) this first appears.
very tastefully subdued intros Mitic explodes in some virulent riffs
and great scales and modes that had me seeing veiled beauties writhing
in gold and silk. Mitic broke some fretboard speed limits here.
Mitic handles nicely the music of the Isles on "Celtic Legends
(Part I and II)". Ah, Horslips came to mind here or Steve Morse's
Dance" was an intensely fun ride in the Flight of the Bumblebee
mode of 64th note madness. Too fast! That has got to hurt. Bravo
to Jacques Roy on bass and Marc Bonneau on drums in keeping up with
Mitic! "Light of 7 (Part I and II)" feature acoustic meanders
and drones of Mitic's homeland that then supernova into a balls2dawalls
Jeff Beckian/Steve Vai-ish wah-wah
drivin' tune mid-speed, heavy rocker.
fav song of Mitic's was "Southern Wind" which was drenched
in the sweet folk dance rhythms and ancient Slavic riffs. Man, I could
do a whole CD's worth of this eccentric rock! Mitic is in his unique
element here. Bring on the handclaps and the whirling dancers! Ooh,
ahhh. We melt away in a heroic rock ballad, "Fairytale's End".
Recommended axe rock.
of "Borislav Mitic" (Shrapnel) by Lennart Hedenstrom,
Yet, another longhaired dude with fast fingers playing neo-classical
hard rock put out bye Mike Varney on his Shrapnel label, or what?!
You bet. Borislav Mitic hailing from Belgrade (the former Yugoslavia)
where he had been working quite a long time with several different
bands and artists plus doing work for TV and whatnot. His biography
tells us Beatles made him pick up the guitar and then he grew up
with a healthy diet of classic hard rock (Deep Purple, Iron Maiden,
AC/DC, Van Halen etc).In the mid-80s Yngwie Malmsteen's music changed
his life apparently and turned him into a guitaroholic working like
a madman during daily 12 hour session to learn the entire book of
fast a flurry guitar playing. Boy did he succeed. Mitic now resides
in Montreal, Canada, and he has eventually done exactly what Yngwie
once did when he invented the neo-classical hard rock genre, ie
he sent a demo to Mike Varney who immediately signed him up to his
label and here we have the first result of all this.
Mitic on the album are Jaques Roy (bass) and Marc Bonneau (drums).
This album is a showcase for Mitic's guitar though from start to
finish since most of the songs are vehicles for him to show us his
enormous talent as a guitar wiz with super chops and the ever so
fast technique you get from guitarist of this genre. Mitic is not
just the regular neo-classical metal shredder though as his eastern
European heritage is very much present and is displayed throughout
the album. In the CD insert he puts it like this: "I come from
Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, a country lying on the crossroads
of east and west. It is also a meeting place of various religions
and cultures whose influences left a mark on the music I make. My
desire was to take you on a mystical guitar journey through this
diverse world that I drew my inspiration from. I hope that you will
find moments of bliss on it".
indeed, listening to the album you are treated to music with influences
from Balkan/Serbia ("Mystic" and "Bird Dance")
and the Middle East ("Southern Wind") as well as stuff
with influences from Celtic music ("Celtic Legends"),
classical music (""Sky Rider" and "Waltz of
Time") and Indian music ("Light of 7"). This guy
sure know it all. Mitic handles the guitar incredibly tasteful and
although this is a "guitar hero" type of album I think
he stays on the right side of the line where it says: "cross
this line and you are simply trying to show off". He is of
course an amazing guitar player and the CD is very much about guitar
playing but Mitic is respectfully handling every song and the music
as a whole.
a long time since a guitar album grabbed me like this one, an album
where there is very little blues influence too. This is probably because
it is very easy to listen to the album with its hugely melodic and
warm content. Highly recommended if you are looking for an instrumental
guitar dominated CD! I wonder what he will have up his sleeve next
of "Borislav Mitic" (Shrapnel) by Jeff Dennis, April 1999
Guitar players listen up. Here we have a first - Yugoslavian guitar
god, Borislav Mitic. And though he comes from afar, his sounds are
familiar with some very good stuff. On Shrapnel Records, with Mike
Varney as co-producer, it had to be special because both represent
authority in guitar playing. Though an all instrumental release, the
album is never boring as Mitic lays his soul out on the frets, hoping
someone is listening. Up-and-above spirit launchers include the speedy
“Sky Rider” and mesmerizing “Mystic”. On the
CD's coolest riffs is in “Waltz of Time”… or maybe
it's one in “Bird Dance”. Each song and melody will remind
you of the techniques of Vai, Satriani, Hoey or Yngwie. But with a
cast like that, who cares!
of "Borislav Mitic" (Shrapnel) by Christopher Thelen,
Used by permission of Christopher Thelen, Daily
Borislav Mitic has got to be one of the luckiest people around today.
He got out of his native Yugoslavia last year, missing out on the
little presents that are raining down on his birthplace of Belgrade
every night. He has escaped the outrageous artistic license that
the Yugoslavian government had - which practically gave them the
right to use any music they wanted without paying the artist.Now,
he's put out this self-titled release - his debut in America - and
adds himself to the list of those who would take the throne of guitar
king away fromYngwie Malmsteen, one of Mitic's idols. If Mitic isn't
at the top of that list, he's real close, 'cause this is a solid
album through and through.
playing style, like Malmsteen's, is a mixture of classical structire
with modern day flash - though, to Mitic's credit, he doesn't allow
the flashier side of his playing to take over. With the help of
his bandmates - bassist Jacques Roy and drummer Marc Monneau - Mitic
comes close to creating a new style of classical music while making
sure things stay exciting for the listener of today.
classical influences are clearly heard on such pieces as "Sky
Rider" and "Mystic", the latter divided into two
movements. Mitic's playing is clean throughout, though there are
times I wished there had been a little more raw emotion put into
the playing. It's a hard thing to explain, but in some cases, it
seems like even the complicated riffs that Mitic is playing are
like second nature to him. I