"Broken Clouds" 2011
Shred and Shred Again
What an amazing display of guitar playing technique. This 4th recording surpasses all the rest.
Every tune is excellent. Sound quality for an independent artist who plays all the instruments is outstanding.
If you like the shred genre, Dimitar is now at the top of the class. No one else even comes close.
Tapping, pull-offs, sweep picking signature licks. All with more melody and rock rhythms.
Wow. This is one I will listen to over and over again.
THE ALBUM " IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE "2010
1. There is something else
2. Fall asleep again
3. The day before yesterday
4. Dome of heaven
5. Sunflower seed
6. The glory of light
7. Lost Garden
8. United souls
10. The coarse of life
The album has a little Sprinkle of Vai and a Spread of Satch and then whats uniquely Dimitars own Sound all rolled up in a beautifully and painstakingly textured, emotion roller coaster ride that will leave wanting to get back on straight away.
Dimitar uses the guitars tones to its limits, lots of variety and mutli layered multi instruments, sonic variety going on in each song, poly rhythms and sub phrasing, that don't over crowd but compliment each other.
I was actually moved in my soul, nearly to tears (I swear) but not sad tears, the hairs on my neck stood up and I was in a state of just pure blissful gratitude that music can be so damn good and Dimitar makes damn good music no dought about it.
OK ENOUGH OF THAT NOW WHATS UNDER THE HOOD?
Things that jumped out to me when I was listening was like this, I know its not live, but I kid you not, you'de think it was done in one take.
The drums fill and bounce off the guitar work and I know the drums are from the sample collection and very high quality.
I loved the synths plus some of the orchestral parts harmonize smoothly and all like it was realtime.
Another was the tasteful use of analogue modelling synthesis, that's the acid and synth sounds to 80's ravers , bass and mid synths arpeggiating out of the chord progression gave
this a very modern yet subtley techno vibe yet kept the analogues integrity with digital technology.
I not only thoroughly enjoyed the album from start to finish but know every time it goes on I will get inspired again to try to myself to touch the depth of emotion the Dimitar has managed to capture like a magician in every song.
I can only imagine how proud he must be of this work and anyone who spend the mere pocket change (far too cheap) for this album, will not be dissapointed and treasure it I know.
Im not going to track by track this album , the emotions and clever work that went into some of the creation in this CD are left to mystery and I wont want to try and figure how one man has managed to make such full and textured variety with one guitar and some software.
I thank Dimitar for turning me onto his music in the first track included in this from his previous album Mother Earth.
KILLER GUITAR CHOPS BUT TASTEFULL WITH IT
To end I want to state that Dimitar is a very skilled guitarist and if so inclined could make fast and furious metal speed tracks all day long, thankfully he has a very tastefull and uses this skill where its needed to be in a track and not for the sake of technique like some guys seem to do all to often.
He has fused his amazingly gifted talents on the fretboard
with his incredible composing skills to make an album that will not only satisfy the shredder in you, with blistering lines, tapping frenzies mixed with fluid legato that's on power with the greats like Satch and Vai,but also touch you deep where only music can go.
(I don't say this lightly but with great respect to Dimitar as to the two guitar hero's of my life.)
I say this not only about technique but he uses tones that melt into the mix so well and as I said he has a "magician like" mastery of composition and production quality that's also on power with my hero's in the instrumental rock world.
All this and still Dimitar holds the integrity of music and not just showing off as he could.
A GOOD ALBUM INDEED AND IM QUITE HARD TO PLEASE
Yes tasteful well produced and just mind blowing tracks that will beg to be replayed again and again ..and beg the question , is there more? , There is something else .
Thanks Dimitar, keep rockin!!! and making those magic tracks
YOUR BUDDY AND FAN MARK THOMPSON
There is Something Else
Brand new CD from Dimitar, and it rocks!
Incredible guitar playing ... as always. This new CD confirms that Dimitar Nalbantov find Himself in the Premier League when it comes to technical guitar playing, and composing music. The sound is also very good! What a guitarist we are dealing with here. Good luck with your next project Dimitar!
A five star +
What a debut album!
Dimitar Nalbantov from Bulgaria is one of the best guitarists I've heard for a long time. This CD "Universe" and his "Mother Earth" and "There Is Something Else" containing technical guitar playing of high class! He is technically brilliant, playing with feeling, and the tunes are exciting and good. I came across Dimitar when browsing CDBaby for instrumental rock. I don't think I have to say that I felt lucky when I found these CDs. His 3 CD's are a MUST for every person that loves quality guitar music. AWSOME! Keep up the good work Mr. Nalbantov , cause we want more of this!
Definitely worth 5 stars!
Department of Virtuosity: Dimitar Nalbantov - Mother Eearth (2008)
Dimitar Nalbantov comes from Asenovgrad that is located in Bulgaria. His debut album „Universe“ was a great artistic success and an instrumental guitar gem. We waited two years to get Dimitar’s second work for listening. Fortunately, this is still instrumental rock music with a great load of melody within. The only one difference is the fact that Dimitar decided to be a self-made instrumentalist and handled all guitars, basses, keyboards, percussion and drums programming. It doesn’t affect the quality of music, since it is still world class. Dimi’s guitar produces so clear melodies that they can be hum at some fragments. Moreover, there are plenty of guitar licks and atmospheric down-tempo moments. I do enjoy all these soothing tones, surprising sonic effects and catchy melodies. In my humble opinion, Dimi doesn’t play the guitar, he charms us with this instrument. As it is a kind of tribute to Mother Earth and Nature, Dimi’s music is very spatial and capacious in a sense. I think that guitar world music is a proper word to characterize his second album. Dimitar Nalbantov didn’t rest on his laurels after the debut and proved that he is a classy guitarist. He is one of the most outstanding guitarists of the young generation!
Department of Virtuosity: Dimitar Nalbantov - Universe (2006
Dimitar Nalbantov is a new face in the virtuosic world, so I guess that most of you encounter his name for the first time. Initial tones of the debut were prepared just in 2004, but they got the final shape in 2006. Dimi, as Mr. Nalbantov is diminutively called, won the Internet "Guitar Player 2000" contest in alternative music category. But his "Universe" is far from the mentioned music category. The album was recorded in two-person line-up: Dimi himself (guitars, basses, keys, percussion, drums on two tracks) and John Wooten (lead drummer).
Firstly, I must write that Bulgarian's music is played with rock and heavy verve. Secondly, what elements are typical of his manner? Clear vibrato, perfect technique, picturesque tones, audible folk music inspirations, skillful electronics' use, masses of musical concepts and their excellent execution and the guitar style having the eighties' spirit. Dimitar is a multiinstrumentalist who can produce a great incidental music for his solo achievements. I, as a listener, hadn't the impression of tiring while Dimitar's playing. The Bulgarian is an intelligent musician who uses his proficiency for brilliant compositions' arranging. I also think that Dimi's tones have enormous, emotional load and peaceful message. His music is as natural as the nature painted on the cover. I should additionaly write that the production of John Mayes' and Dimi's authorship is first-class, but the credit for the mastering goes to Fc Bester who had an occasion to cooperate with Neil Zaza for instance. Yes, their contribution to "Universe" is really significant.
When I listen to this CD, I feel like the king of the universe. It's a pity that I'm not. I'd have to be an absolute ignoramus to underestimate his music. I guarantee that a boredom is impossible by Dimi's guitar playing. As a matter of fact, Dimitar is an art teacher, but his "Universe" proves that you don't need to be musically educated to be a respected virtuoso. I can honestly recommend Dimi's debut to those people who have a nice time listening to the likes of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai (similarity as regards guitar sound only), Bane Jelic (a Serbian guitarist also recorded his own "Universe"), Davide Marrari, Patrik Carlsson, Wojciech Hoffmann, Anand and Michael Orlando. I think that Dimitar should be as well-known as his compatriot - Nikolo Kotzev, because he deserves a popularity with no doubt. And now, let's drive along a highway playing "Universe"!
I have quite a varied taste and listen to about everything, really except pop. presently on my mp3 player i've got more of the hard stuff like as i lay dying (at the harder end) and tool (at the less hard end). i threw your stuff in there awhile back and i've pretty much got my buds in every day at some point and just let it run thru random tracks. your stuff pops in from time to time and it just fits. i'd not compare your style to jeff beck or the guitar player from bon jovi who put out his own disc or 2 (stranger in this town is one, i'm forgetting his name),but i gotta say, dude, you rock and you are right there in that crowd. you are the kind of artist that makes me wish i played like that. like i'm listening to one of your tunes and i think "mom and dad, why didn't you make me do that!!?" thank you very much and i'm looking forward to more.
uncadave - Gaylord, Michigan, USA
| Review of "Universe"2006
ulgarian guitarist Dimitar Nalbantov found solace in the recorded works of guitar greats such as Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Nalbantov's love of art and music has been cultivated into a career as an art teacher but more importantly to music fans he has found inspiration in the guise of the beloved string instrument the electric guitar. Taking his passion for artistic endeavors, Nalbantov picked up the electric guitar in '93 and never looked back.
Nalbantov original inspiration for Universe began back in '04, conceptually wanting to express his "feelings and views of the world around him." By the spring of '05 he had 11-songs written and recorded in his home studio but felt they needed more energy than could provided by programmed drum patterns. Drummer John Wooten soon entered the picture and gave the songs the heartbeat that Nalbantov felt was missing and he was inspired to rework and retool the music.
Universe is a balanced instrumental record that takes its cues from Nalbantov's heroes and allows him to put his stamp on rhythms, riffs and solo interludes that call forth fleeting images of Satriani and Eric Johnson. Nalbantov's nimble fingers weave silky smooth melodic passages over rhythmic arrangements that release the emotional, heartfelt desires of the artist.
Uplifting and light, the music evokes a promise of a kinder and gentler world. Universe stays away from dark brooding musical excursions that tend to bring the listener into a bad temperament. There is no disguising the talent of the artist.
Instrumental guitar fans will have a good idea of what Universe sounds like if by now they have caught on to Nalbantov's influences. Playing the devil's advocate here, there are times when the music is to Satriani like and that may distract you from the enormous wealth of talent that Nalbantov displays.
But at the end of the day just throw the comparisons out the window and enjoy Universe. The album has a fun atmospheric vibe that is contagious. Guitar fans will be pulled into the CD instantly on the energetic opening song "Purely and Simple." The whimsical "End of Summer" opens with a head bobbing acoustic melody as birds chirp away in the background before Nalbantov takes over with melodic electric melodies. Nalbantov likes to experiments with atmospheric textures which is evident on "Orpheus."
The music holds your attention with Nalbantov's distinct rhythm style building the foundation for his solo excursions throughout the CD. The music is arranged and executed flawlessly and is highlighted by also being well produced and mixed. What else can be said? Only that the style of music is so uncanny to the great Satriani that Nalbantov may need to focus on making his sound and style truly unique to himself so we can throw the comparisons out the window.
© John Kindred / Hard Rock Haven
Guitar Idol 2008 - The Album
Tue, 02/12/2008 - 11:02 - Rory Sullivan
Dimitar Nalbantov: Terrestrial Paradise
Dimi made the final but couldnt make it. To me this track sums up all that was great about the contest and the main mid section melody almost sums up the whole Guitar Idol experience. Its truly triumphant and makes you want to stand to attention. In many ways its the an anthem for the whole contest. This is superb way to finish the album and shows the true depth and ranger of the whole contest and that Dimi is a great writer and player.
Just got it in the mail. Direct from Bulgaria with love! Great album. Got to get this one. Great varied tones, interesting melodies, shredding and chops go without saying, catchy riffs, awesome production and mix. A little less Vai sounding as the albums are getting newer. Some Satch sounds too. It's the classic, it inspires me to practice and makes me want to quit all at the same time. LOL
Thanks Dimitar for a great influence and I will gladly pay for your future cd's again. Fair price from his website and 1 week ship to Canada.
- jemsite forum
Wow!!! I'm not one for pimping someones work but Goddamn Dimi, you crafted one excellent package there boy! I just received it yesterday, and after listening to it twice, here's my review...
While no new ground was broken with this CD it definitely carries on the fine tradition set down by the guitar masters before him. The Cd as a whole has a nice flow to it and segues seamlessly through each track Cresting with "Abandoned Place" (track 5) which showcases a pleasantly surprising songwriting sense as well as a melodic one and then reaching for and ultimately attaining even loftier goals, on the last 3 tracks. Everything from the arrangements to the instrumentation seemed perfect and I wouldn't have changed anything, and I love to pick someones work apart, knowing I could have done better...On this Cd I could not!!
Awesome job man...
Just listened to Abandoned Place.
I love it when I can actually hear the GUITAR in a guitar-tune, as opposed to endless distortion.
The many and various tones you achieve are beautiful.
Your sense of melody and dramatic tension makes repeated listening a pleasure.
THAT's what music is all about.
Thanks for sharing theses tunes. I'll plan to snatch your CD when it gets to cd-baby.
Now I'm off to catch the next tune....I got a feeling I'm going to like it just as much.
Welcome to the forum. Love the album cover and concept. I'm totally with ya on the concept too .
Drum programming is great. You're obviously talented, and don't over do the solo guitar.
It's just perfect. "Abandoned Place" is REALLY GOOD. Wow man, just wow.
You really know your instrument well, and you have some really great compositions.
Love the guitar tone. Rock on! \m/
" Dimi, this is some fine work. I like the intelligence of your arrangements. They are both melodic and dynamic.
But the best thing is that you are using your substantial skills to show off the music,
and not using the music to show off your skills (the fault of too many shredders).
Both arrangements and playing remind me of Jan Cyrka.
The recording quality is great too. Many congratulations, and good luck on album sales. "
"Abandoned Place" is realy cool!
Was the first song I´ve heard today...after the morning-spliff. Looking out of the window, seeing trees in brownorange, some green
Sun was shining-and I fly away! A real dreamsong. Thanks man
"I like it!Yes, It remember to Steve Vai and Satch but that isnt a bad thing!
Really, I liked it!
" Abandoned Place - nice bluesy fee to this one. Starts out slow & soft - only a pale hint of what is to come. Excellent fluid guitar playing here. The section starting at 1:24 is simple but elegantly pulled off - a very nice touch. Well Done Dude! This one gets The Official A'swepe Seal of Approval.
Shangri La - Nice intro - great build-up to the main theme at 0:41. Another well-performed tune that held my interest through two listens.
I'm going to add both to my Radio Show - more info here:
Best of luck with the CD."
Bulgarian guitarist Dimitar Nalbantov may work as an art teacher by day but his true passion for the guitar unleashes a storm on his debut instrumental CD Universe. Nipping at the heels of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, the progressive playing of Nalbantov is remarkably stellar considering he is self-taught. Studying as an art student, the musician was forced to abandon painting after his entire body of work was stolen from his studio. Devastated, he turned to guitar as an outlet and rapidly developed some staggering professional chops. Somewhat trigger-happy, he gets the momentum going in “Purely and Simply.” His warm tone and ear for melodic composition keep the song hooky and pleasant. Hard rock tendencies fill “HyperSonic” and “Not a Game” with chugging rhythms and exceptional fretwork - all aided by drummer John Wooten. The acoustic layering of “End of Summer” and “Elegance by Soul’ is reminiscent of classic Steve Vai complete with fluid time signatures. It seems all guitarists have the need to throw in a Middle Eastern/Indian opus and Nalbantov follows suite with “Orpheus” a mid-tempo soundtrack to Deli. Standout tune “The Wide,” though a bit cosmic, puts power behind scaled frills with a thick bottom end and a tasteful bridge that links to a textured romp.
Universe (Audio CD) By: R.Sriram /Singapore/
I came across Dimi's name when I was checking out sound samples of some AMT effect pedals I was contemplating on buying. The sound clips I heard blew my mind and I just had to know who this guy was, who could play this way. This was a few years ago when he was talking about releasing an album but was not quite there yet. I'd emailed Dimi and he replied with an estimated late-2006 release date.
Most of you must be asking "who's this guy Dimitar somebody?" but if you like Steve Vai, Satriani and the likes, listen to Dimi's debut album and you won't have any questions about his musical abilities. From start to finish, this album is packed with a feeling of vivaciousness and energy. His mastery over the instrument skillfully allows his music to flow through to the listener and blow you away. In Dimi's music you can hear a whole gamut of influences from blistering shred, legatos, tapping, bell-like rhythm pieces, soulful melodies and just pure awesomeness. However each song is focused and conveys a unique mood.
On a more technical note, the sound quality on this album is far better than I anticipated, pretty much in the same league as the well established musicians out there. It must have taken quite a bit of effort to pull that off, but it did help to have someone of the calibre of FC Bester mastering this album - the same guy who did Neil Zaza's "when gravity fails".