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OVERLOADED

Alberto Rigoni

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4 stars OVERLOADED is the fourth solo album of the Italian bass master ALBERTO RIGONI!Undoubtedly,the fans of TWINSPIRITS know that Alberto was an important part of this excellent prog metal band,and has 3 great albums released with this talented musicians!Our man is strongly building a solo career and managed to made some excellent solo albums where he can expose all his tremendeous talent and musical gift!OVERLOADED has all the ingredients to be called a complex and complete album!Starting with the nice digipack presentation and the inspired cover artwork,the excellent production,sound,aswell,this album is an ear candy for all good instrumental music lovers!We have some amazing prog metal songs here,with a fusion touch and some experimental bass sounds sometimes,and some tracks where Alberto is proving the high degree of musicianship attended,his great talent as composer too and his amazing vision about music!The sound of his bass is huge and the tracks without guitars are simply sensational!GLORY OF LIFE-the closing track is such a great compositions,with amazing arrangements and a killer bass sound!The 3 monster guitar players on the album-FABRIZIO BICIO LEO-the guitarist of Eros Ramazotti,SIMONE MULARONI from the mighty DGM band -in my opinion,the best Italian prog metal band tody and MARCO SFOGLI- monster guitarist of James la Brie solo albums,with 2 killer solo albums in pocket-well,all this 3 amazing guitarists are delivering some fabulous solos in the songs where they are invited and they prove what sensational musicians they are!The work of the drummer is impressive too and the keyboards arrangements are sublime!The music on OVERLOADED is very catchy,diverse and interesting-the fact that the album has only 40 minutes of music is making of it a very likeble and pleasant musical experience-for an all instrumental album-that's perfect!Try this experience and you won't be dissapointed-OVERLOADED is a strong album,made with burning passion for good music and performed by great ,devoted and accomplished musicians!Definitelly,a won bet for Alberto,that proves the fact that there's life after TWINSPIRITS ,and many things will still be told in music in the years to come!!4.5 stars for a great album!COMPLIMENTI and keep up the good wotk,bass magician!
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Posted Friday, August 29, 2014 | Review Permalink
andrea
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4 stars Overloaded is the fourth solo album by Alberto Rigoni, a talented bassist and composer from Montebelluna, in the province of Treviso. It is dedicated to the memory of bassist Randy Coven and during the recording sessions Alberto was helped by Denis Novello (drums), Federico Solazzo (keyboards), Simone Mularoni (guitars), Marco Sfogli (guitars) and Fabrizio "Bicio" Leo (guitars). The album was self-released in 2014 and features a nice artwork by Chris Van Der Linden that in some way tries to describe its musical content. In fact, Overloaded was conceived as a conceptual work inspired by some issues of the contemporary society: "I think that everything is going too fast today and one of the reasons is technology: hyper fast communications (mostly through social networks), multitasking activities, tons of information as well as misinformation, products, services? In a couple of words ? we are OVERLOADED! The Internet has changed our lives, and even though it is indeed a great tool we have to be careful and use it judiciously. Excessive use may cause several diseases such as stress, depression, and social isolation", explains Alberto Rigoni on his website. Anyway, there are no liner notes nor lyrics to explain the concept behind the music and the storyline is completely up to your imagination...

The short, hypnotic opener "What's On Your Mind?" sets the atmosphere with a question and pulsing bass lines in the background evoking strange psychoanalytical sessions. Then, with the title track the rhythm rises and you're drawn in a vortex of energy: "Overloaded" is an excellent track, very rich in ideas and with a touch of exoticism.

The following "Chron" is frenzied and conjures up the images of a wild race against the clock that never stops... Next come the calm, dreamy "Floating Capsule", where you get lost in space and time, and the aggressive "Corruption".

The title of the following "Ubick" recalls a 1969 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick that takes place in a world where technology has advanced to the extent of permitting civilians to reach the Moon, and psi phenomena are common. In the novel Ubik is the name of a powerful substance but can be also considered a metaphor for God... Well, the music here is absolutely sparkling and I think that it would be a perfect score for a sci-fi film or a technological thriller!

"Multitasking" is a short track where the bass plays all the multiple roles and leads to the powerful, vibrant "Liberation" while the reflective "Glory Of Life" concludes this interesting album where there's no room for boredom. Anyway, have a try and judge by yourselves: you can listen to the complete album in streaming on bandcamp.

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Posted Monday, October 20, 2014 | Review Permalink
Windhawk
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4 stars Italian composer and bassist Alberto RIGONI has an established career as a band musician in ventures such as TwinSpirits and Lady & The Bass, and as a live musician for other established artists. In addition, he has established a solo career, which so far has seen him release four full-length albums. "Overloaded" is the latest of those, and was self-released in 2014, but through the use of the Any And All Records project: A venture put up so that any artists releasing their own material could point towards a record label affiliation.

While Alberto Rigoni does explore a small handful of styles on this CD, it is dominated by his take on instrumental progressive metal, which he does in an engaging and traditional manner, although perhaps with a bit more emphasis on the bass guitar than some others. Those who tend to enjoy albums dominated by this type of music should most likely find Rigoni's take on it to be worth a listen, alongside those who tend to enjoy instrumental albums with hard rock and metal as the dominant styles in general.

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