Flashback Friday Album Review: “Electric Warrior, Acoustic Saint”


Is that enough for a review? Can I just leave it at that?

Lanny Cordola’s freshman 1991 solo instrumental effort is so full of creative energy, it’s hard to know where to begin. Perhaps at the beginning?

From the soft, ethereal ‘Intro’ that segues into the next two heart-stomping songs without missing a beat (‘Behold This Dreamer Cometh’ and ‘Angry Candy’), this album is full of 90s pre-grunge metal that certainly won’t disappoint any old-school headbangers out there.

But it’s not just about the ruckus. Cordola is a true virtuoso who knows how to masterfully work his way around a fretboard and through an enormous array of complex musical notes with lightning speed and careful precision.

In addition to his expert musicianship, Cordola is also a creative genius. He cleverly throws in so many electronic sounds that there’s a disclaimer in the liner notes that clarify there were no synthesizers or synthesizer guitars used on the project. In addition, he throws in the occasional world instrument and weaves in and out of so many rhythm and melody changes, so fast, that it’s hard to keep up (especially in the beginning of the album). And Cordola is not all metalhead, either. He proves his musical prowess by being a bit of a jazz show-off too, with the cover of the classic, ‘All the Things You Are’ (which of course he seamlessly weaves in some metal).

Besides, ‘All the things,’ highlights include a heavy metal version of Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro,’ which should stand out as one of the greatest instrumental rock songs of all time; ‘Plymouth Rock’ and ‘Jabberwocky’ as well as many short sketches such as ‘Slappy White,’ ‘Neesh Taps,’ ‘Jalapeno Man,’ ‘Fripp,’ and the list goes on–quite literally–26 songs in all.

From here, Cordola teamed up with Ken Tamplin to form Magdallan (later Magdalen after Tamplin left) and released a few other projects including a second instrumental solo album, Of Riffs and Symphonies and the various-artist Christmas project, Blues for the Child. He was also seen (if you looked really closely) on the TV show, Full House as a member of Jesse and the Rippers.

Today, Cordola has left the recording side of things and is showing kindness and compassion teaching guitar to youngsters in Afghanistan.

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