Bruce Bouillet - The Order Of Control review

Will it melt your face? Quite possibly...
Will it melt your face? Quite possibly...

The secret to masterful instrumental guitar is providing a shed load of face-melting licks that induce uncontrollable bouts of air guitar in your listeners without neglecting those all-important melody lines.

On his third solo outing, Bruce Bouillet gets closer than ever before to nailing that critical balance, displaying impressive skills as both shredder and songwriter. Defiant and The Order Of Control are high points, showcasing Bouillet's fluid legato runs and melodic sensibilities. The album isn't as aggressive as early Racer X, but it's a decent listen for shred fiends.

3 out of 5

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.