Artist/ Band: Stephen Doe
Title: Trial
Label: Doemestic Records
Year of Release: 2003
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The Review:

I received a copy of Stephen Doeís demo cd entitled Trial. There wasnít much about him included nor a website to help out with any history. So thereís really not much I can say about Stephenís music other than itís very guitar oriented, just a notch or two below the guitar shredding type The music has a hard rock approach with some progressive and fusion elements. In my opinion, based solely on this demo cd, itís not enough to be classified as progressive rock. That being said, this is a demo cd with Stephen doing all the instruments. I think with a finished product, Stephen could be the next big thing but that will depend how he goes from the Trial demos. One thing I keep hearing is his guitar playing reminds me at times of Hackett, Holdsworth and Latimer in the softer moments.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on April 25th, 2006

Tracks:

1. Drive (89)
2. Judy
3. A Long Way (part 1)
4. Past Regrests
5. Journey's Return
6. Monster Steps
7. Alive
8. Guitar Etude Opus 1
9. The Makeover
10. Inspired Again

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