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GIANLUCA FERRO
Unheimlich

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6.90

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Active since the late ’90s in the italian prog-metal scene with bands such as Time MachineDoomsword and Arkhè, Gianluca records many albums and performs intensively in Italy and abroad; he plays at the legendary Gods Of Metal in Milan in many occasions, sharing the stage with bands such as Iron MaidenSlayerSlipknotDark TranquillityTestamentRammsteinManowarSymphony XRunning Wild and many others.

At the same time he collaborates with Kiko Loureiro (MegadethAngra) and Rafael Bittencourt at the album “Reviviscence” by Time Machine.

While devoting himself to guitar teaching, toward the beginning of 2000, Gianluca starts working on his solo debut album, “Involution” released in 2005 and worldwide distributed by Century Media.

His solo career marks an artistic transition blending his Jazz-Fusion skills with modern metal infuences and complex harmonic and rhythmic textures, exploring polyrythms and polymeters in unique vision. Then, he takes part to many guitar compilations, among them the prestigious “The Alchemist Vol.II” produced by liquid note together with players such as Brett Garsed, Bumblefoot, Richard Hallebeek, Terry Syrek and Doug Doppler.

 

 

Descrizione

Guitar Hero from Italy

Tracklist:

1 Olympia’s Strangely Mechanical Actions 3:43
2 Accelerating Future 6:26
3 Moroccan Dilemma 2:44
4 Crimson Robotron 1:56
5 Solaris 5:36
6 Metanfenasia 6:08
7 Life In A Raindrop 1:59
8 Cyclopic Overtone 5:34
9 Overture 1089 X 9 2:24
10 Bipolar Zombie 6:35
11 Black Lydian 1:58
12 On A Day Like Today 4:46
13 Ulam Spiral Dysporia 5:24
14 City Rises 5:05
15 The Bunraku Puppet 7:16

 

Label: SG Records

Format: CD Jewel box

Band Website: http://lnx.gianlucaferro.com/

Band Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gianlucaferroguitar/

2 recensioni per GIANLUCA FERRO
Unheimlich

  1. From Metalitalia: Secondo disco strumentale questo “Heimlich” del bravo chitarrista Gianluca Ferro, già visto in forze ad alcuni famosi act nostrani quali Time Machine, Heart Of Sun e Doomsword. Chitarrista dalle forti radici metal e con una netta predisposizione per ritmiche e sonorità proprie del progressive, Gianluca ci dà con questo gradevole disco un’ulteriore e corposa prova delle proprie abilità sia dal punto di vista meramente esecutivo ma anche risultando molto valido pure dal punto di vista compositivo e del feeling. A differenza di molti degli altri lavori strumentali che si trovano sul mercato, specie quando incisi da chitarristi, questo “Unheimlich” ha il pregio di non cadere nell’errore di fornire all’ascoltatore un semplice ‘manuale’ su come suonare la chitarra a velocità supersonica, ma riesce invece anche ad intrattenerlo, presentando in realtà quindici tracce varie e ricche di influenze e di inserti provenienti anche dalla fusion o dalla musica etnica. Se associamo a questa ricchezza compositiva il fatto che i singoli momenti non risultano mai appunto essere unicamente composti da serie interminabili di assoli, ma anzi ci presentano spesso una buona sezione rimtica, otteniamo il quadro di un lavoro che, pur mantenendo pregi e difetti dei dischi strumentali incisi da chitarristi, riesce a risultare fresco e piacevole all’ascolto. In definitiva, è proprio la presenza forte della band dietro le trame chitarristiche intessute da Ferro l’asso vincente di questo “Unheimlich”, perché essa dona ad ogni traccia una piacevole dimensione di ‘canzone’ e non di semplice esibizione strumentale. Un disco, insomma, che sarà indubbiamente apprezzato dagli amanti dei dischi strumentali, ma anche da coloro che ascoltano progressive di matrice Dream Theater e Symphony X, considerato che molti pezzi ne riportano la forte impronta (“Cyclopic Overtone” e “Ouverture 1089X9” su tutti… l’intro della seconda è quasi un plagio di “The Test That Stumped Them All” dei Theater!). Da segnalare infine la collaborazione con il chitarrista Phi Yaan-Zek, autore degli assoli sull’articolata e multiforme “Bipolar Zombie”. Un disco per nulla scontato che ha riservato delle belle sorprese. Complimenti a Gianluca Ferro!

  2. From Progarchives: Taking distinct influences from the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and John Petrucci, prolific Italian guitarist Gianluca Ferro has crafted another winner in his increasingly impressive discography. Having taken part in progressive metal bands such as Time Machine, Heart of Sun, and Arkhe (among others), Gianluca has been constantly proving his worth as a multi-faceted and talented guitarist. His latest solo album, Unheimlich, shows him in his most comfortable and confident state in his entire career. Taking his influences from the shred-metal scene and seamlessly melding it together with progressive metal and jazz fusion, Gianluca Ferro has created a one-of-a-kind prog metal album that I’d encourage all fans of instrumental music to check out. While I do have a few knocks regarding the playing time, there’s more than enough great material here to satisfy me and (I would imagine) most other prog metal fans.
    The music here is a mixture of progressive rock/metal, jazz fusion, shred metal, and even touches of instrumental thrash metal. Although this doesn’t sound like something that’s new, Gianluca Ferro manages to combine these sounds into an instrumental mix that’s simultaneously enjoyable and original. One thing that impressed me more than anything else on Unheimlich was the sheer technical capabilities of Gianluca Ferro. The man can handle emotional passages like Yngwie Malmsteen, complex time signatures like John Petrucci, and shredded passages like Steve Vai, resulting in not only an impressive sound, but an overall well-rounded musician. His backing cast is equally impressive, featuring excellent musicianship in all departments. Compositionally, Unheimlich can be a bit unfocused at times, and the near-70 minute playing time doesn’t help. It’s simply too long, and, as a result, a bit of filler sneaks its way into the album. The best songs here are, in my opinion, the terrific “Bipolar Zombie” and the fast-paced opening “Olympia’s Strangely Mechanical Actions”. In terms of production, Unheimlich is also great, and boasts a terrific and professional sound.

    I’m not usually a huge fan of instrumental music – many instrumental releases tend to feel like an endless noodling-fest with little musical value (for me at least). Every now and again I hear a stellar album like Unheimlich that makes me wonder why few instrumental artists can succeed as effortlessly as Gianluca Ferro has here. This isn’t a perfect album, and the playing time can be a bit tedious in the end (I would’ve preferred it to be 15-20 minutes shorter), but it’s still an excellent release well deserving of a 3.5-4 star rating. Gianluca Ferro is a fairly new name to me, but I sincerely hope to hear some more great material from him in the future! This one comes highly recommended to all fans of instrumental jazz-influenced prog metal!

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