Navaaye Homayoon/privateFarzad Golpayegani : One (IR,rec.2002,pub.2004)****'
Farzad is a graphic designer with a deep interest in music. This album he describes himself as an Instrumental Fusion-Metal album, but I personally want to say his music style goes way beyond this description. As a guitarist and composer, here he definitely sets out an intelligent, conscious and crafted vision on guitar driven instrumental music. He has a great technical ability in playing the 7 string Electric Guitar, he uses eastern tunings for Acoustic Guitar, mixes easily different Persian styles from flamenco-like or Persian classical origin with metal and progressive rock.
The recordings are built up around two guitars mostly (both electric or electric with acoustic), electric bass, drums and some Persian percussion. The percussion is not played live but is composed and played by computer programming in a way that it is hardly noticeable, especially the rock and Persian percussion.
But also on the metal passages the compositions are just perfect as they are. While a part of the tracks uses metal as first fundament, this is mixed in the same composition with progressive rock, heavy metal or even has acoustic guitar to it. A few tracks focus more on the Persian fusion, always with tremendous guitar, from Persian acoustic to thoughtful heavy metal solo’s.
The album is so interesting it will be hard to choose highlights for airplay. Recommended !!
The album did not get permission to be released in 2002, but is now available on line in MP3 since 2004.
For live concerts this is the group who performs : Farzad Golpayegani : 7 string electric guitar & acoustic guitar, Behrang Bashash : bass guitar, Mahyar Vosoughi : electric guitar, keyboards, Mahyar Pour Hesabi : drums, Reza Shafeghati : setar, Amir Djadid-Al-Eslam : tombak, daf.
Audio : "33"(-the first, darker heavy metal driven track, mixed with a more progressive rock passage-), "7" (-a wonderful track in more eastern tunings, with Persian percussion and electric bass-) Private Farzad Golpayegani : Two (IR,rec.2004,2005,unreleased)****°
The second album by Farzad mostly has a progressive heavy metal foundation, but here are added even more ideas and talent in the mix, like a symphonic rock element, or classical music and some bluespsych.
On a couple of tracks the blend of metal, progressive rock and Persian elements, expressed in a mix of acoustic with electric guitars is more than brilliant and rather unique. If this wasn’t enough, a few tracks have additional keyboards which give the compositions even more contrast, depth and content and make the expression even more complete. “21” in this way has symphonic rock capacities within a heavy metal context. On “20” the piano has a truly adapted classical music aspect. Then we also hear an expressive Bach-like tune on organ mixed with some heavy metal guitar, with also some cello added. “19” is progressive/symphonic metal with incredibly fast keyboards and guitars and some modern mixing ideas. “31” is symphonic with a baroque piano and very fast heavy metal electric guitar and bass. “18” used some blues theme mixed with a complex heavy metal composition. Also “10” used some blues riffs, but is again progressive metal, mixed with bluesppsych. “38” surprises once more because of tiny percussive ideas and eastern tuning acoustic guitar mixed with some incredible heavy metal, and some modern mixing.
The album surprises all the way. It is really a shame that such a truly incredible, must-have album couldn’t get any official release yet in Iran. I think it surely deserves the world’s recognition, in the metal as well as the progressive rock milieu.
Last track, “43” is a perfect conclusion, and an example of a blend of all different guitar approaches, starting with progressive Persian guitar rock, with some original rather experimental percussion, acoustic guitars, fuzz guitar and heavy metal guitar.
I must make the same remark as with the first album : it is really hard to take out highlights from the album, because all tracks show some brilliance.
The album surprised me much, even after having heard the first album just before this. I’m sure Farzad’s third album, which is nearly finished, and which is supposed to have a few 20 minute tracks will be as much rewarding.
Audio : "30" (-a wonderful track fusing/blending a great variety of styles just perfectly-), "38" (-another brilliant and perfect blend of acoustic guitar in eastern tuning mixed with heavy and dark metal, with some tiny percussive ideas and a brilliant modern production-) ; Video on youtube