David Zaffiro - The Other Side (Alarma) 1989
1. "Stay" (4:00)
"The Other Side" indeed does show another side of guitarist David Zaffiro. David Zaffiro completely abandoned the metallica Bloodgood sound on this, his first solo disc, for a more melodic, hard rock sound. At points I wouldn't even call this hard rock, as songs like "Spirit Of the Lord" are very personal, intimate, melancholy numbers. However, this format does allow David to add more flash in the guitar work from time to time, something that he did only sparingly with Bloodgood. I must confess, I was somewhat disappointed by this album when I first bought it upon it's release in 1989, but have grown to like it over the years. The songwriting isn't a "exciting" as Bloodgood was on those early albums, but there is still plenty of meat here to chew on. David's songwriting and his spiritual lyrics are a big attraction here. 'I See Red' and 'To The End' are the most immediately infectious and memorable songs, but in reality the whole CD is pretty solid. Think of "The Other Side" as an album to kick back and relax to. It leans more in the hanging at home, grilling up dinner genre as opposed to an album to bang your head to.
David Zaffiro - In Scarlet Storm (Intense) 1990
1. "Through His Eyes"
Solo outing number two for ex-Bloodgood axe slinger David Zaffiro. This time around we are given less metal and more middle-of-the-road, melodic rock. The guitar work is polished and is not overly flashy, even in the lone instrumental "Blue Ice". This track really reminded me of something Satriani might do and is probably my favorite track on the CD. The music on the rest of the disc is a bit more melancholy than his first solo CD and seems to be a bit more emotional as well. When this CD came out in 1990 I remember a lot of Bloodgood fans were disappointed that this CD was so mellow in comparison to Zaffiro's former band and even his first solo CD, but over time many, including myself, how grown to appreciate the mellower side to David's music.
David Zaffiro - Surrender Absolute (Frontline) 1992
1. "Find My Way"
"Surrender Absolute" is considerably more mellow than anything Bloodgood has put out, or even the last two Zaffiro solo discs. David was clearly trying to reach the adult-radio-rock market with this album, which really did not impress me at all. What I do like alot are the three Satriani-like instrumentals. "Attitude" in particular sounds like something off Satriani's "Not of This Earth." I would have loved to have heard a whole album of this kind of stuff. The rest of the album is like mellow Winger.