If you enjoy rock and metal where the guitar is front and center and the playing is excellent, you should really enjoy III....Whether Allen is firing on all cylinders as in the blisteringly heavy "What Lies Beneath", which begins the album or the funkier "River Of Time" where the playing is less intense and just a little slower, the musicianship is never at the expense of a good melody making this a highly listenable instrumental album. Other highlights include the melodic "Dreaming" where Allen's slow burning lead work absolutely soars and the fine "Echoes Of Eternity" ending the album on a slower note with Allen's guitar lines demonstrating a precision and clarity that few musicians are able to attain” - Jon Neudorf

— Sea Of Tranquility

 Scott Allen may not be a household name yet like Richie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen or even Yngwie Malmsteen but he plays with all the fire, power and intensity of any of these legendary Guitar Gods. There’s no doubt to my ears or anyone who has heard anything Scott Allen has done to date that Scott Allen is a very talented Guitar hero on the rise that has the potential to be just as known as any Guitar hero out there right now who has ever graced the cover of Guitar World Magazine.......Scott Allen could have put out an album which was nothing but a SHRED FEST to show off how fast he can play thank god he instead decided to release an album that showcases all his talent and influences where fans get an album where all 10 tracks here really stand out on their own, we get an album where there is no filler material but rather a full length 10 song CD full of nothing but killer material! ” - Jason Houston

— Chaotic Riffs Magazine

A fretboard frenzy feast for the guitar addicts and an eargasm for the Rock fanatics; that’s how I would sum it up! .........the High energetic instrumental Hard Rock is updated with many different colors, as Prog Metal/Latin Funk Metal (“River Of Time”) or Classic Rock (“The Texas Way”) very much in the same vein of Steve Vai/Joe Satriani and Co., with more edge and some episodic explosion of Metallic Shrapnels right in your ear (“My Aching Head”)!..........The flashy guitar fireworks and its blistering skills sparks are like magic spells (like in the Jeff Watson meets Vito Bratta two-hand tapping theme of “5th Street Strut”), but the real focus is around the compositions more than anything else, the virtuosic leads and the dazzling solos are the shred-cherry on the top of the seducing harmonies cake!” - Yngwieviking

— Metal Temple

This is high class instrumental progressive/neo-classical power metal. The first couple of songs are quite heavy, but afterwards we can hear some lovely melodic pieces. Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eddie van Halen and Dream Theater are clear influences and you can easily say that Scott is an amazing talent, who probably one day will join a major band, because he can deliver picture-perfect guitarwork from the heart.” - Strutter Magazine

— Strutter Magazine

Allen is a very technical and eclectic guitar player that has precise domain of his instrument, which he may either maneuver with furious Neo-classical complexity, or just play with soften sensibility. He also may add some hellish Hard-Rock grooves or highly-inspired Fusion-Rock swings to his riffs. Allen is closely followed by his band mates, who domain all licks and tricks of Hard, Fusion, and Metal, giving perfect support to the guitar solos, at the same time adding spice, embellishments, and more swing to the sonic mixture. The tightly engaged trio performs excellent compositions – vibrant and dynamic – which, mostly important, are held in tight and neat arrangements, with each musician having his own share of importance inside the music. My favorite tracks are those endowed with a Heavy-Metal power, richly adorned with Neo-Classical guitar brocades, such as the furious “What Lies Beneath” (4:12), which opens the album with a verve reminiscent of the duo “Marty Friedman” & “Jason Becker” (and their project “Cacophony”); “Shake It” (5:30) – a stable guitar-rock cathedral built on a series of rocky Metal riffs, and windowed with stained-glass guitar solos in neo-classical style; and “My Aching Head” (3:47) – an aggressive Thrash-Metal-Fusion (that recalled me of the works of “Jeff Loomis”, the heaviest Metal stuff of “M. Friedman” & “J. Becker”, and “Testament” with “Alex Skolnick”). Equally catchy are the Hard-Rock/Fusion tracks “5th Street Strut” (4:14) and “Into the Light” (4:49), which combine electric energy, groovy riffs, and eclectic free-flowing guitar solos propelled by pulsing bass lines and sturdy rocky drumming, recalling the sound of “Satriani”. Highlights for the swinging bass lines of “5th Street …”, from which Allen decollates with his flying solos. Also following a Hard-Rock line, but verging the heritage of Blues-Rock (so approaching his idols “Van Halen”, “Le Tekrø”, “Sykes”, etc.), there are the uplifting “Inside Out” (5:34), driven by an adventurous pace; and “The Texas Way” (3:12), a 70’s Rock with a modern rhythmics way. For those inclined to lighter and most melodic dispositions, there are “River of Time” (4:10) (lively and groovy Fusion); and the half-acoustic ballads “Dreaming” (4:44) and “Echoes of Eternity” (5:10), both enlightened by soaring, sensitive solos. Full of Hard-Rocky punch, Metal initiative, and guitar acrobatics typical of the Fusion and Neo-classical styles, Scott Allen Project’s third album takes this amazing trio to a higher threshold in their career, being highly recommended for fans of “Van Halen”, “Joe Satriani”, “Steve Vai”, “Marty Friedman”, and all other monster-guitarists mentioned above. ” - Marcelo Trotta

— Progressive Rock BR

With heavy riffs setting the tone for many of his compositions, Allen utilizes some great Jeff beck-like blues phrases, Van Halen-like aggression, and a full palate of shred chops.” - Mike Varney

— Guitar Player Magazine

Scott Allen's What Lies beyond Words is striking evidence that his is a guitar voice worthy of mention alongside the current giants in the instrumental guitar arena. If you dig players like Satriani or Petrucci, especially at their most melodic, Scott Allen will be right up your alley.” - Bill Knispel

— Progscape

What Lies Beyond Words is an album that invokes the spirit of a true guitarist's record, no neo-classical mannerisms, no overzealous keyboard playing, and no over the top arrangements, cause there is no need for them; Scott Allen plays his guitar like a singer would sing his lines, playing lyrical riffs, where the phrasing (& songwriting) is king. He brings back the days of the real guitar hero.” - Tommy Hash

— Ytsejam.com

Scott Allen, whose guitar playing prowess is exceptional, and who plays the kind of stuff you wish you could play...Highlights include "The Cool Breeze," "A Girl I Once Knew," and well just about all of the 11 songs.” - Matt Rowe

— MusicTAP.net

The band meshes well together, setting a fine rhythmic stage for Allen's razor edged arsenal of licks, bends, hooks and fills. Instrumental fans will find a lot to like here.” - Guitar Nine

— Guitar Nine

This is your Heavy rockin' album with kickin' riffs great melodies and not forgetting some great flashy guitar work...I can't really decide on my favourite tracks on this album, because I honestly think they are all really good.” - Richard Niczyperowicz

— Shredaholic.com

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