B e n ..J a c k s o n
Ben Jackson - Here I Come (independant) 2001
So what would you expect from the guitarist of one of the founding bands of progressive and melodic metal? Well, I would have expected some sort of instrumental Yngwie-shred album with solos a-blazin'. However, Crimson Glory guitarist Ben Jackson has gone for something totally different. "Here I Am" is a catchy, melodic, and semi-commercial heavy metal/hard rock platter. Each song, with the exception of one, features vocals, catchy choruses, and not a lot of shred. Hmmm, go figure! Anyhow, the song writing has a nice 80's flare to it, although the production is certainly more modern and give the disc a slightly more modern touch. Track 10 features guest vocalist Wade Black, who sang on Crimson Glory's 'Astronomica.'