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Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson - Peripheral - 1996 - Screemin' Geetar Records

"Peripheral" is the second instrumental guitar shred-fest from Ohio native Rob Johnson, who plays his axe with incredible intensity and awesome technique. Johnson, who has been compared to Dimebag Darrell and Scott Stine, stakes his own original claim in the ferocious guitar territory. "Peripheral" is for the serious guitar lover and includes such heavy tracks as "Pressure Point" and "Jinxed". © 1996-2013 Guitar Nine All Rights Reserved http://www.guitar9.com/peripheralcs.html

ROB JOHNSON may a name familiar to the Power Metal acolytes as he is the six stringer in USA Power Metal act MAGNITUDE 9 who have a solid following on the strength of 1998's "Chaos To Control" and the excellent 2001 offering "Reality In Focus". In between hammering out tectonic Power Metal rifferage for MAGNITUDE 9 Rob has released a remarkable three solo instrumental albums that show off his quite extraordinary guitar wielding capabilities. Strongly influenced by Jason Becker, Vai and Satriani etc. etc Johnson is a precocious talent and has an ear for catchy riffs and dazzling fret board runs however three albums, all instrumental and not a vocal insight can be a touch dare I say boring? It's really a case that we've heard most of this before. Satriani's "Surfing With The Alien" was the guitar instrumental benchmark and although Johnson at times does throw shapes that would bewilder a contortionist the relevance and importance of guitar instrumental albums in today's musical climate are a bit like rain in the Sahara - welcomed by only those that want it. But I am being too dismissive. Each album taken on its own is a fine piece of work. "Guitarchitecture" pips it for me as the best complete with "Blazing Saddles" quotes! it manages rather successfully to hold my attention. "Rob Johnson" and "Peripheral" and along the same lines: skilful playing backed up with sound song structures but the lack of vocals does ultimately let them all down. © 2000-2013 The Metal Observer. All rights reserved. http://www.metal-observer.com/articles.php?lid=1&sid=1&id=2212

Just a couple of points about the above article. 1.” Satriani's "Surfing With The Alien" was the guitar instrumental benchmark”. This is debatable, & 2. “the lack of vocals does ultimately let them all down”. In many guitar fans’ eyes, vocals often get in the way of great guitar playing, and a lot of shred and fusion music is composed deliberately without vocals to accentuate the instrumental talents of great musicians and also to show the various nuances and complex techniques of many great tunes. Listen to some instrumental music by Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Wayne Krantz, and others. Vocals are not necessary where some of these composers are concerned. The music stands by itself. Rob Johnson is a phenomenal guitarist, and on this album he displays amazing guitar skills. There is plenty of jaw dropping guitar solos, as well as some experiments in sound and style. "Peripheral" is well executed, heavy, progressive, instru-metal. Listen to Rob’s "Guitarchitecture" album. Read an interview with Rob @ http://www.metal-rules.com/interviews/Magnitude9.htm Check out the work of guitarists Guthrie Govan and Shaun Baxter who will also leave you awestruck with their fretboard expertise [All tracks @ 320 Kbps:File size = 95.5 Mb]


1 Matter of Fact 4:08
2 Reflection 4:34
3 Pressure Point 5:23
4 Gravity Pulling me 4:00
5 Theme for Mandy 1:35
6 Nerve Disorder 4:58
7 From Here to There 5:15
8 Jinxed 5:26
9 Mind over Controversy 2:28
10 Searching for Calico 3:55

All tracks composed by Rob Johnson


Rob Johnson - Guitar, Bass, Guitar Synth, Sitar, Samples, Programming
Rick May - Drums, Percussion
John Homan - Drums on Tracks 1, & 6


A.O.O.F.C said...


P/W is aoofc

Manolo Floyd said...

Hi friend!

Thanks for share this amazing music!

I have downloaded this album yesterday but it came defective.

I will download again to see if corrected, if not so, could you upload it again? I searched the web and could not find it, it was the same with the other disk of this artist.

Thanks again, I have enjoyed so much the other posts you do

Manolo Floyd said...

Greetings friend!

Thanks for sharing this incredible music.

Yesterday I downloaded this and the other disc you uploaded this artist and they got bad, I hope to re-download is correct, but if not so, could you upload them again? I have searched the web and find nothing

Again thanks for posting the discs! excellent blog

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Manolo. The links and the sound files are ok. I do not fully understand your message. Were the tracks ok when you downloaded and played them or did you damage the disc you had the tracks on? Thanks...Paul

Manolo Floyd said...

Sorry I don't speak english very well.
I do not know very well how to describe the problem.

As unzipped the file and tried to play in iTunes, where I always hear all the stuff I downloaded, to start sounded as if all topped saturated, like a spoiled recording, and so were all the songs.

Try to download it again but it seems that the error is there. Well I did exactly the same with your other files and all went perfect. The fault was only on the two discs of this artist.

Thanks for responding, hope you help me because I like to hear these discs

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Manolo. Have you transferred the files to disc and listened on a CD player. I don't like ITunes, so maybe the problem is in your ITune settings? Try the tracks in Real Player, or WMP. I wish I could help you more. Thanks...Paul

Manolo Floyd said...

Thanks man!

Finally I can play these allbums!
you were right about iTunes, it can't play the songs rigthly... But it surprise me, because I been using it since 2006 or more...

Thanks for share this amazing songs!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Manolo. Thanks for contacting me. I'm glad you solved the problem. Please keep in touch. HNY!..Paul