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Charly Sahona - Naked Thoughts From A Silent Chaos

Charly Sahona
Naked Thoughts From A Silent Chaos
by Mike Novak at 09 February 2010, 9:02 PM

Solo albums by guitarists that have a day-job in another band are a mixed bag. Some, like the works of Jeff Loomis, Richie Sambora and Marty Friedman, were an outlet for ideas that wouldn’t necessarily work in their full-time bands. Sambora’s "Stranger in This Town", in particular, shows a passionately emotional, bluesy side to Sambora that is absent in his work with BON JOVI (if you like blues music with great guitar-work, definitely hunt this album down). Others, like TWISTED SISTER’s Eddie Ojeda, make you wonder why they even bothered. Needless to say, a solo album by the guitarist of some French band that I’ve never heard of before did not elicit much excitement on my part, at least at first.

Charly Sahona is the guitarist and keyboardist of the melodic prog Metal band VENTURIA. VENTURIA was formed in 2000, with their debut being released in 2005. Writing for this album began during the recording process for VENTURIA’s follow-up, "Hybrid", in 2008. Sahona is joined by the bassist and drummer of VENTURIA.

The chemistry between the three members is a benefit towards the sound of the group as a whole. While after listening to some of VENTURIA’s songs on their MySpace page I realized that I am definitely not a fan, SAHONA’s solo album sounds much different. Seven-string guitars are employed; there are progressive time-signatures present, but they are not an overwhelming theme. A comparison would probably include MUSE, DREAM THEATER, PATHOSRAY and CRISES.

I like how the focus is not just on guitar-work; catchy vocal melodies, solid riffs and keyboards are effectively deployed to add depth to the music. That being said, there are some great guitar solos to be found as well. "Relieved" and "Away From Our Sins", in particular, showcase Sahona’s talent at writing songs that are both catchy and technical.

This album is so good that one has to wonder if these three guys would just be better off cutting their ties and focusing on this band. Charly Sahona has written an album that goes beyond what one would expect from a guitarist’s solo album, while not overlooking the opportunity to showcase his talent. Although it is inferior to HEATHEN’s new album, "Naked Thoughts from a Silent Chaos" gets a high rating and my recommendation. You might be as surprised as I was.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
  1. Relieved
  2. Raise the Shadow
  3. Away From Our Sins
  4. Forgotten Past
  5. River of Lies
  6. Living In A Dream Is Not Right
  7. It Will Fly Away
  8. All That Can’t Be Said
Lineup:
Charly Sahona - Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Diego Rapacchietti - Drums
Thomas James-Potrel - Bass
Record Label: Lion Music
     


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Edited 03 February 2023
 

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