Monday, March 3, 2008

Shred Parallels: Dragonforce and Focus

My daughter pulled me aside the other day to view a YouTube video of Dragonforce performing "Through the Fire and Flames". Her and her brother and most everyone else continue working on this song in Guitar Hero. Beyond being amazed it immediately brought to mind a short lived group from the 70s, the progressive rock band Focus, and their song Hocus Pocus.

This was very big in the early 70s. Everyone was amazed at Jan Akkerman's sheer guitar speed. He and other guitarists such as Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Eddie Van Halen moved away from a blues driven style during the 70s and more to a jazz, rock, and world music fusion.
So, out to the garage I go to dig through my vinyl archive to do a snapshot of the LP and it is pictured above.

I've included videos of both groups from YouTube so you can judge the parallels (or lack thereof) for yourselves.


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