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Antonello Giliberto - Journey Through My Memory Award winner

Antonello Giliberto
Journey Through My Memory
by YngwieViking at 10 July 2015, 9:31 AM

The high profiled, reputed and lately very dynamic, label Minotauro Records is excited to announce the release of Antonello Giliberto second album"Journey Through My Memory",this ambitious instrumental disc follows the same stylistic path as the first full-length CD “The Mansion of Lost Souls” (2013) an it was composed and recorded in an intense time course of 2 years in a full inspirational frenzy period.

But the real difference between “Journey Through My Memory” and the debut, is clearly set in the recording line up as Mr Giliberto is now backed up by an immensely talented rhythmic team, namely the legendary sticks master John Macaluso (ex RIOT /ex TNT/ex RISING FORCE/ex ARK) & and the veteran from Italy Dino Fiorenza on Bass guitar… Who’s shining bright with all his four strings techniques applied for some interresting intervention in almost every cut!

The title of the album stems from the fact that every track is related in some way about his own past, his dreams and also his everyday experiences, translated into instrumental music with a strong Symphonic/Barocco and Neo-Classical reminiscences infused with the Metal pulse and some orchestral parts or emotional orchestral arrangements, in similarity with eccentric motion-pictures soundtracks, but without losing the original Rock pace!

Only exception and maybe the sole disappointment is the short medieval flute driven lullaby “Avalon’s Darkness” maybe too gimmick/Predictable and caricatural, but beside that slight reproach, I think it’s a valuable guitar album, clever and richer than it seems.

Indeed, Antonello Giliberto can be proud of his achievement, this improved work on “Journey Through My Memory” is an huge step forward , as much in its new way of approaching the compositions than in his methodic production design… His guitar playing is stellar!

Of course, the cross-link with the usual Guitar gods is very right… The influences are numerous… The parallels are quite obvious but the guitar afficionados and others Shred addicts will be in fretboard Heaven with some particulary interesting licks, furiously demented and sharp, constantly filled with some tasteful virtuosic fireworks of notes… But the melodic hooks are still in omnipresent and in majority, so even the more mainstream pedestrian audience, with a more song focus concern and a classic Metal accessibility will be seduced by this guitar extravaganza built in a 10 tracks journey… Opening with the Epic “Demeter” and closing with the perfectly denominated “The Art of Ending”!

4 Star Rating

1. Demeter
2. Endless Labyrinth
3. Journey Through My Memory
4. Enigma of Eternal Night
5. First Day Lights At The Monastery
6. Avalon’s Darkness
7. And Won Their Freedom
8. Perfect Dream
9. Flying With The Dragon
10. The Art of Ending
John Macaluso – Drums
Dino Fiorenza – Bass
Antonello Giliberto – Lead Guitars, Keyboards
Record Label: Minotauro Records


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Edited 02 February 2023

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