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Alex MASI is an Italian guitarist, who first came to prominence in the early 80's when he founded Italian hard rock band Dark Lord. In 1986 US label Metal Blade wanted him to be the driving force of a band project, and he subsequently moved to the US - which has been his base of operations since.

Rather than fronting an existing outfit Masi was pretty soon given the opportunity to form his own band, Masi, who released two albums in the second half of the eighties; and later on two more albums was to be issued under this moniker.

But it is as a solo artist Alex Masi is most interesting from a progressive point of view. Although he is famous for his technical and shredding abilities, his long lasting love for progressive artists such as Yes, Genesis and Gentle Giant and almost as long lasting fascination for fusion and experimental rock was highlighted more and more in his solo productions. It wasn't by mere chance that saw Allan Holdsworth participating on his Grammy-nominated solo debut Attack Of The Neon Shark in 1989 to put it that way.

Over the years Masi have released a number of solo albums. Vertical Invader came in 1990, hot on the heels of his solo debut. Tales From The North followed in 1995; and then in 1999 the first of a trio of releases saw the light that got much positive attention. Masi decided to tribute the classical composers that had influenced him, which resulted in the productions In The Name Of Bach! in 1999, In The Name Of Mozart in 2004 and In The Name Of Beethoven in 2005. In between those three productions Steel String Bach saw the light in 2000; where Masi treats Bach with a more metal approach.

The latest in Masi's solo productions so far is the 2006 release Late Nights At Desert's Rimrock; where he explores musical territories pretty similar to his side project MCM - but with slightly more of a progressive rock approach and slightly less of an improvisational one.

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2.10 | 2 ratings
Attack Of The Neon Shark
1989
3.00 | 1 ratings
Vertical Invader
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tales From The North
1995
4.00 | 3 ratings
In The Name Of Bach
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
Steel String Bach
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
In The name Of Mozart
2004
4.00 | 2 ratings
In The Name Of Beethoven
2005
4.00 | 3 ratings
Late Nights At Desert's Rimrock
2006
2.50 | 2 ratings
Theory Of Everything
2010

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 Attack Of The Neon Shark by MASI, ALEX album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.10 | 2 ratings

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Attack Of The Neon Shark
Alex Masi Progressive Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars Grammy nominated album, found it's way to my record collection the year after and re-found in a clean up of my house.

This is the debut album from this Italian guitar hero and was released as one of far too many guitar axe heroes albums back then. In the forefront of this trend; Vai, Satriani and Malmsteen. Jumping on this bandwagon; the likes of Alex Masi and his record label Metal Blade. This trend died when one too many guitar albums was released and the amount of same sounding albums based on the same formula killed the trend among the bigger labels. But this scene never went away and will be here as long as air guitars is being manufactured and used by young men.

Yes, I can hear that Alex Masi is a superb guitarist and he also gets a lot of help from the likes of Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Scott Soto, Frankie Benali and David Michael Philips. Ane the result is not that bad. It has this 1980s sound, which I despise, and the tracks here are pretty boring. Boring enough to let the musicians shine. But on their own......... pretty dire stuff. I am not that big air guitarist myself, having had my last one smashed up by an ex girlfriend so this album is not hitting the target audience in my case. The version of ELP's Toccata is a bit dire too for my liking.

In short, a decent album and nothing more.

2 stars

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 Late Nights At Desert's Rimrock by MASI, ALEX album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Late Nights At Desert's Rimrock
Alex Masi Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars FEROCIOUS PLAYING!That is what it comes first in my mind when I speak about the unbelieveble manner in which MASI is playing guitar on this album!For me,this album is a logical following to the spectacular MCM album,where the killer duo MASI-MACALUSO is helped by the monster bass player RANDY COVEN!On this album,ALEX MASI is pushing a little more his fantastic guitaristic capacities to deliver one of the most spectacular and catchy albums ever released,playing also some excellent keyboard parts,but especially the bass guitar too-in a sensational way!!!!On this album he plays numerous guitaristic styles with big class,proving that he can surprise his fans in a very pleasant way!!From pure metal to aggressive fusion,to classical and latino rhythms,passing throuch some excellent progressive tones too-every musical style is performed with true class and fantastic passion!MACALUSO is simply stunning,and he also is simply unleashed here,having plenty of space to display his unbelieveble talent and monstruous technical skills!All the album is interesting,from the first accords to the last one,the album is a musical journey,where we are invited by mastermind MASI,and this proves thet he is permenently capable to evolve and to change something in the right direction,and inspired direction!Of course,he is a fabulous shredder with an atomic speed on execution and performance,but sometimes he is the master of musical disguise too! Mostly fusion and prog power metal orientated,this album is a true musical pearl,very ,very well done end excellent produced!4.5 STARS and strongly recommended for the ameteurs of guitar extravaganzas especially,but for amateurs of good music in general-type instrumental music guitar orientated and virtuoso druming!

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 Late Nights At Desert's Rimrock by MASI, ALEX album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Late Nights At Desert's Rimrock
Alex Masi Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Intriguing release by this Italian born guitarist.

Here he comes across as a cross between Robert Fripp and Joe Satriani; with dreamy melodic soloing mixed with atonal and disharmonic sounding guitars and guitar layers. And some shredding is inserted as well - in both styles of guitar playing.

Underscoring the guitars are some really cool bass lines, mostly melodic as well as quirky, some nice use of various synth-produced sounds. And the drumming, mostly quirky, always good, and with a distinct jazz flavour to it in style.

Liberal fans of fusion and shred should check out this one further; and those enjoying the works of Robert Fripp might also find something of interest here.

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