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John Petrucci – Terminal Velocity (Review)

John Petrucci - Terminal Velocity (Review)

While John Petrucci is best known as one of the founding members of the band Dream Theater, his instrumental skill is on full display in his second solo album Terminal Velocity.  If you haven’t already, now would be the time for you to list his name among guitar greats like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, and more.  The material throughout the album never fails to impress. Even if you’re just a casual music lover, it’s not hard to understand or hear the brilliance in Petrucci’s playing.  While everything is still rocking along with some incredible solos, there are moments of heartfelt emotion and spiritual connection.  When you combine the technical ability with fluid-like playing, it’s hard not to be amazed at this album.  Of course, guitar players will love this album, but more importantly, I think, is the fact that it’s a musical masterpiece that can be enjoyed for the music’s sake, rather than just for a guitarist showing off.  John Petrucci has shown that he’s as good as anyone out there with this fantastic album called “Terminal Velocity”. 


1. “Terminal Velocity” 6:08
2. “The Oddfather” 6:25
3. “Happy Song” 6:01
4. “Gemini” 6:05
5. “Out of the Blue” 5:46
6. “Glassy-Eyed Zombies” 5:55
7. “The Way Things Fall” 7:33
8. “Snake in My Boot” 4:04
9. “Temple of Circadia”


Band Members:

John Petrucci – guitar, production
Mike Portnoy – drums
Dave LaRue – bass guitar

About the author

Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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