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3.58 | 26 ratings | 6 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Toshogu Shrine (1:10)
2. Mizaru (6:52)
3. Three Wise Monkeys (5:16)
4. Kikazaru (3:58)
5. Blackened Tornado (7:16)
6. Iwazaru (4:23)
7. Free Falling (4:45)
8. Between Space and Time (4:21)
9. Coming Home (3:47)
10. Believe (4:41)

Total Time 46:29

Line-up / Musicians

- Alberto Rigoni / bass

- Göran Edman / vocals (3)
- Jonas Erixon / vocals (5,7,9,10)
- Kevin Moore / keyboards (2)
- Federico Solazzo / keyboards (5,6,9)
- Mistheria / keyboards (8,10)
- Alessandro Bertoni / keyboards (3)
- Tommy Ermoli / guitars (2,3,5,9,10)
- Simone Mularoni / guitars (7)
- Mark Cross / drums (7)
- Paolo Valli / drums (2,9)
- Paco Barillŕ / drums (3,10)
- Sebastian Persini / drums (5,6)

Releases information

Label: Any and All Records
Release Date: October 1, 2012

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
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Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Errors & Omissions Team
3 stars This is the first time I listen to ALBERTO RIGONI, he is a bass player from Italy and he is basically into Progressive Metal and that's what we have in 'Mizaru', the second track, with some help from KEVIN MOORE (ex-DREAM THEATER) in the keyboards.

Being a bass player, of course that the music in Three Wise Monkeys (2012), third solo album from ALBERTO RIGONI, is pretty much based on the bass. Sometimes his music is a bit more focused on songwriting like in the third track 'Three Wise Monkeys' that is a great track and has the always good GÖRAN EDMAN (from KARMAKANIC) as vocalist. And sometimes is essentially based on the bass and in what he can do as a instrumentist like in the fourth track 'Kikazaru'.

Three Wise Monkeys (2012) is pretty much based on Progressive Metal but not full time, we can hear some other influences as well, especially in the technical part of the compositions, that tries to evoke other sounds with his bass. But yeah, pretty much Progressive Metal in general, but with some personality. I, personally, don't like the overall sound of the drums, too much echo going on most of the time.

On most of the tracks the swedish singer JONAS ERIXON appears, he's specially good on 'Free Falling' and 'Coming Home'. But the final track, the cheesy 'Believe' don't please me not a tiny bit.

Three Wise Monkeys (2012) is a good record, shows a musician trying to present people the best of two worlds, instrumental/technical music and something more 'singable'. It would be a 3.5 stars if ProgArchives allow it.

Review by andrea
4 stars Alberto Rigoni was born in 1981 and comes from Montebelluna, a little town in the province of Treviso. Since 2003 he as been the bass player of a prog-metal band called Twinspirits but he is a sensitive composer as well and in 2008 he released a debut solo album, 'Something Different', on the Finnish label Lion Music. In 2011 Alberto Rigoni released a second album, 'Rebirth', with the help of many friends and some prestigious guests by the likes of Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), John Macaluso (Ark, TNT) and Michael Manring, just to name a few. This album gained him some attention and in 2012 he self-released what can be considered his best work so far, 'Three Wise Monkeys', a concept album freely inspired by a Japanese myth evoked in an original way by the beautiful art cover by Davide Guidoni. Among the musicians that helped Alberto Rigoni this time you can find, among others, former Dream Theater's keyboardist Kevin Moore, G'ran Edman and Jonas Erikson. On this album you can find prog-metal influences, of course, but also many fine melodies and a touch of jazz. The great musicianship of all the musicians involved in this work is not ostentatious in any way and the final result is a well crafted, balanced mix of passion and competence.

The short opener 'Toshogu Shrine' sets a mystic atmosphere and takes you far away, to the far east, into a shrine in Nikko, in Japan. In fact, the Toshogu Shrine is one of the main attractions of this city and here, in the Sacred Stable, you can find a famous carving of the three wise monkeys, a traditional symbol in Japanese culture. Together they embody a principle: 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil'. The instrumental 'Mizaru' describes the meeting with the first monkey. Mizaru is the monkey who covers his eyes, the one who sees no evil. The music starts softly, then a more aggressive section follows, the atmosphere becomes tense, dark clouds are gathering all around you...

Next comes the title track, featuring G'ran Edman on vocals. The music is aggressive, it begins with a thundering drum roll and flows like a raging river. A day dreamer is breaking all the rules, fighting for his dreams and living day by day searching for the truth, but someone warns him... 'You should trust me, my friend / I know it's hard to live that way / I can tell you what's the plan for you... Three wise monkey's golden rule / Looking the other way / Pretending that you are a fool / Cause you don't wanna play / Wilfully turning a blind eye to all immorality...'. Then the instrumental 'Kikazaru' describes the meeting with the second wise monkey. Kikazaru is the one who covers his eyes, the one who hears no evil. The atmosphere is softer, the music features some jazzy influences and a mystic mood but the pulsing bass lines suggest that something is moving undercover, a black iron man looking for his Sabbath, ready to strike like a tornado...

'Blackened Tornado' soars like a Zeppelin in the sky with its biting electric guitar riffs. The heartfelt Jonas Erikson's vocals describe the inner conflict that is storming inside the young day dreamer. Reality seems going out of his reach while he's fighting against dark winds... 'I'm a victim of my own thoughts / My mind is sick and I can't go on / I can't see what's reality / It's like a nightmare living in a dream...'. Then the instrumental 'Iwazaru' describes the meeting with the third wise monkey. Iwazaru is the one who covers his mouth, the one who speaks no evil. The atmosphere is dark and tension rises, no need of words for that!

'Free Falling' is about the sense of impotence that comes from the awareness that mother nature is crying and you can't help her, your are not strong enough to change the way things are going on and speaking up is pointless. Fear is growing inside you, there's no time for prayers and you have the feeling that the ground is crumbling under your feet, you're falling into the void... 'Have you seen the news today? / Poisoned air is everywhere / I've seen the words before / It's hard to see the earth bleeding / Tragic times, what can we do? / In the end there's nothing new...'. The delicate, dreamy 'Between Space And Time' comes like the calm after the storm and leads to the melancholic, reflective 'Coming Home'. The day dreamer is on the way back, homeward bound, and carries on his shoulders the heavy burden of his broken dreams... 'I'm coming home love, this is my home town / I've tried my wings, I lived my dream... A few more miles and then I'm done...'. The melodic final track, 'Believe', brings back a bit of optimism encouraging you to hang on your dreams and to fight for what you think is right... 'I believe in you / I believe what we can do...'.

Well, all in all I think that this a really good work. Anyway, you can listen to the complete album in streaming on, so have a try and judge by yourselves!

Review by J-Man
3 stars Best known for his work in Italian progressive metal act Twinspirits, bassist Alberto Rigoni has also been building an impressive body of solo material over the past few years. Three Wise Monkeys is Rigoni's third observation, and although it may be relatively uncommon to see solo releases from bassists in progressive rock and metal, he demonstrates plenty of technical prowess and compositional talent here. Showcasing a host of guest musicians, as well as plenty of slick basslines and catchy riffs, Three Wise Monkeys is a recommended purchase to fans of melodic progressive rock and metal.

While most of Three Wise Monkeys falls under the banner of melodic progressive rock/metal, Alberto Rigoni exhibits a pretty eclectic style throughout this album. Fusion-styled grooves, riffs pulled straight out of the melodic metal textbook, and odd-metered prog sections blend together into a style that's actually pretty distinct. Half of Three Wise Monkeys is instrumental, while the remaining portion features the vocal talents of Göran Edman and Jonas Erixon. This provides a nice balance between more technical-edged progressive tracks and melodic hard rock tunes, and although the flow of the album is a bit disjointed, the entire observation is well-composed and flawlessly executed. Alberto Rigoni's basslines are especially captivating; I wish more bassists would play with this kind of soloistic prominence. There are definitely plenty of solid tunes here, but I feel that Rigoni shines his brightest in an instrumental setting.

As a whole, Three Wise Monkeys is the sort of album that is objectively well-executed and solid, but doesn't quite make my blood boil. With a bit more stylistic consistency and stronger melodic choruses, I could see Three Wise Monkeys being one of the year's more memorable releases. As it stands, though, this is a very good effort that is just on the brink of greatness, and I will definitely be curious to check out some of Alberto Rigoni's other solo material. Three Wise Monkeys may not be perfect, but it's a fun listen that fans of melodic progressive and hard rock should enjoy.

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Italian composer and instrumentalist Alberto RIGONI is perhaps best known for his decade long tenure in Italian progressive metal act Twinspirits, while his side project Lady & the Bass is the one that have given him most attention outside of progressive rock circles. Besides these projects he has also found the time to kick off a solo career. "Three Wise Monkeys" is his third solo album, and was released in the fall of 2012 through US label Nightmare Records.

And it is an interesting ride Rigoni has prepared for his listeners. Kicking of with the sparse, brief instrumental Toshogu Shrine, a perfect piece of atmospheric music that showcase the very best of Rigoni's talents as a creator of captivating moods. From then on this disc is more of an uneven ride however, with versatility and variety as key elements.

It's in the following quartet of compositions I find this disc to be least interesting. A matter of personal taste more than anything else I guess, but the energetic runs through a melodic progressive metal environment we're treated to on Mizaru, Three Wise Monkeys and Blackened Tornado, as well made and performed as they are, doesn't manage to captivate anything that hasn't been done just as good by others previously. Well conceived and performed by all means, with a strong mix and production, but perhaps lacking in the subtler details department ever so slightly, perhaps a tad too repetitive to my personal taste. Songs that will find favour amongst existing fans of this kind of music but that won't convert anyone not enjoying this style already I suspect. And while the gentle, plucked guitar and bass details on Kikazaru is a welcome addition in the variety department, this more careful and reflective piece isn't of the kind that sends shivers down my spine.

Iwazaru on the other hand, now that's more like it to my mind. A stripped down arrangement that provides plenty of space for a bass and layered keyboards workout that opens in a careful, subtly jazzrock flavoured expression and gradually develops into a richly arranged, majestic creation with a distinct symphonic expression. An unexpected treat on a number of levels, and arguably the most accomplished piece on this CD too. Depending, obviously, on personal taste.

Free Falling and Between Space and Time are less intriguing compositions again to my mind and ears, the former a diverse number that moves between harder edged funky rock, melodic progressive metal and dampened elegant jazzrock in expression, the latter a tranquil bass and acoustic guitar workout that should please those with a taste for calm instrumental music with a foot wedged into the doorway of the jazz universe.

Coming Home and Believe heads into different and more intriguing directions again however, the former again a sparingly arranged effort that slowly intensifies, with bass and acoustic guitar providing a fairly nuanced foundation for the lead vocals and the electric guitar added in later on. And as far as Believe goes, we're closer to the likes of Spock's Beard or Neal Morse on this ebb and flow symphonic oriented affair, a fitting piece to conclude this album on a high and majestic note.

There's a lot to like about "Three Wise Monkeys". The 10 compositions cover a broad and diversified stylistic palette while instrumental performances, mix and production all are high quality throughout. The songs themselves are a bit more of a hit and miss affair however, some of them strong creations that will have a broad general appeal, others come across as less engaging in general, my main impression that these pieces at least to some extent have been tailor made to suit a specific audience. If your taste in music tends to be somewhat eclectic it's a disc you might want to inspect closer, at least as long as you have a particular soft spot for the most melodic varieties of progressive metal.

Latest members reviews

4 stars THREE WISE MONKEYS is the third album of ALBERTO RIGONI-the talented bass player of the excellent Italian prog metal band-TWINSPIRITS!Having in the pocket 2 excellent solo albums already released -Mr Rigoni managed to offer to his fans,and not only,a third discographic effort-THREE WISE MONKEY ... (read more)

Report this review (#836278) | Posted by Ovidiu | Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I listened to this album and it is totally great. With a fair price you can listen to such interesting music and that's really cool. "Mizaru" and "Iwazaru" are the most complicated tracks. "Mizaru" features the legendary Kevin Moore on keyboards and he's just provided the extraordinary floating ... (read more)

Report this review (#835275) | Posted by AmirAbbass | Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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