One Man Show (Pt. 5)
We’ve got three new guitar freaks in this fifth installment of the One Man Show series, a continuation of the series after some four months. As nearly always, we’re dealing with purely instrumental Metal again, focusing on beautiful and generous melodies. ‘Nuf said.
Gianluca Ferro – Accelerating Future
The first sir is an Italian named Gianluca Ferro, who’s already got quite a long career behind him. He started out at just fourteen years old and since he has shared stages with many well-known bands and other guitar virtuosi and worked with many a musical collaboration. We won’t bore the living shit out of you by giving you a full report on this, but know that you can read it all on the official Gianluca Ferro homepage.
Two things, however, are worth mentioning: his two albums. I honestly can’t tell you much about his first, Involution from 2005. There just isn’t any documentation about it to be found. However, about his new album, which came out this year, there’s all the more info available.
The album carries the title Unheimlich, which in German means as much as ‘Scary’, literally ‘Unhomely’. No clue why he gave it that title though, as there’s absolutely nothing scary about it. On the album we find a varied mix of Progressive Metal, Fusion and some Djent. A good impression of this can be had by listening to Accelerating Future, which also gives a proper impression of his skills: see how ridiculously controlled he plays that eight string!
Andy James – Angel of Darkness
Andy James is a guitarist, guitar teacher and member of the British band Sacred Mother Tongue. Solo, he has released three albums so far, being Machine (2005), In the Wake of Chaos (2007) and his self-titled album of this year.
Style-wise his sound can easily be characterized as similar to that of his modern Thrash Metal band with a light Metalcore touch and a lot of extra shreddery. For the song Angel of Darkness there actually is a video of him playing the song, but unfortunately the sound quality isn’t too proper. Hence, I’ve chosen to include the album version of the song, which is so much more powerful. If you feel you still should see the guy play, just go here!
You can find more info about Andy James on his official website!
Angel Vivaldi – A Martian Winter
With Angel Vivaldi, we’ll have to cheat a bit, because both the guitarist and his band carry that name, and the band actually consists of four people. However, the naming of the band actually makes it quite clear who the mastermind behind the songs is.
In 2008 he released a debut called Revelations, together with his band. After that he continued alone. A year after he followed up with the first EP, titled The Speed of Dark, and then half a year ago there was the Universal Language EP. The latter contains four songs of the finest Progressive Metal with loads of playing fun and variation. You can convince yourself of this by listening to his playthough video for A Martian Winter.
Lastly, it’ll be worth your while to pay a visit to the guy’s official Facebook!