||Michael Sobygge abandons his solo instrumental
efforts with his new band Melodic
Meltdown. This is the first time that any of his work has gone
under this name except for the title of his first solo album. The
title of this CD is "Second Skin," a good choice for title
since this is a new approach to his music. "Second Skin"
is a vocal oriented metal album with inspirations from Malmsteen to
Pink Floyd, and from Led Zeppelin to Metallica. With his instrumental
efforts he made the guitars tell the story, now the singer does, and
the guitar solos help a little. There are a few songs that are my
favorites. "Memory Lane" and "Dragon's Teeth"
are pretty good songs. I really liked his instrumental work on his
past albums more then now with a singer. That says a lot about this
guitarist; his ability to make you feel the music is what gets you
into the songs. If Michael Sobygge wants to go the full band direction
he might want to continue all the way to create a band like Stratovarius
or Blind Guardian.