Chris Poland - Chasing the Sun

Chris Poland - Chasing the Sun
Album:
Chasing the Sun
Duration:
42:08
Genre:
Recording Location:
California; Downtown Rehearsal
Styles:
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Recording Date:
1994 - 1998
Artist:
Release Date:
2000

It only took guitarist Chris Poland a full decade to follow up his 1990 solo debut, Return to Metalopolis, with the arrival of 2000's Chasing the Sun. While the album contains quite a few traces of Poland's metal past (after all, he was the guitar player in Megadeth on such classic albums as 1985's Killing Is My Business...and Business Is Good! and 1986's Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?), Chasing the Sun turns out to be a mixed bag of tricks. Picture one of Joe Satriani or Steve Vai's early instrumental solo albums with a focus on jazzier sounds, and you're not far off from Chasing the Sun. Poland's fusion leanings shouldn't come as a surprise, though, as he's been vocal for years about how he was a jazzhead before joining forces with Dave Mustaine and company during the early '80s.

Right from the beginning, you know you're not in for your standard straight-ahead six-string shredfest, as the album-opening title title track takes an abrupt detour into trippy psychedelia. You'll also find funk sounds ("Hip Hop Karma"), fusion ("Robo Stomp"), King Crimson-like weirdness ("Straight Jacket"), and excursions into melodic territory ("Salvador"). Fans of early Megadeth expecting bone-crunching thrash metal may be let down, but for metalheads willing to open their minds a bit stylistically, Chasing the Sun will be a pleasant surprise -- and further proof that Chris Poland is one of hard rock's most underrated guitarists.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Chasing the Sun / Francis Dicosmo / Chris Poland / Mark PolandChris Poland3:04
Hip Hop Karma / Francis Dicosmo / Chris Poland / Mark PolandChris Poland3:41
Wendell's Place / Chris Poland / Mark PolandChris Poland3:08
Robo Stomp / Francis Dicosmo / Chris Poland / Mark PolandChris Poland3:20
Straight Jacket / Francis Dicosmo / Chris Poland / Mark PolandChris Poland3:16
Cosmo's Thumb / Francis Dicosmo / Chris Poland / Mark PolandChris Poland3:14
Lu Lu's Dream / Francis Dicosmo / Chris Poland / Mark PolandChris Poland3:29
Salvador / Chris PolandChris Poland3:14
Interference Blues / Chris PolandChris Poland2:27
Alphabet City / Francis Dicosmo / Chris Poland / Mark PolandChris Poland2:41
Mercy / Chris PolandChris Poland1:39
Song for Paul (31 Summers) / Francis Dicosmo / Chris Poland / Mark PolandChris Poland3:31
Sand Castles / Chris PolandChris Poland5:24

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