Mark Wood

Voodoo Violence

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Dubbing himself the world's only "metal violinist", classically- trained American Mark Wood blazes through 10 appropriately named, mostly instrumental tracks like "The Howling" and "Sledgehammer Hop" on his debut album Voodoo Violence. Wood's arsenal of custom-made electric violins (including a six and nine-string double-neck, and a Flying V) sounds much like a Star Trek phaser set to overload and on the verge of exploding. The high-pitched squeal can have an unearthly effect, full of feedback and vibrato but with the texture and range of a keyboard. Voodoo Violence will likely appeal most to fans of such guitarists as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai who are open to trying something a little further left-field.

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