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Michael Pinnella - Ascension

Michael Pinnella
by Chelsea Jennings at 06 February 2015, 6:28 AM

MICHAEL PINNELLA is best known as the long-time accomplished keyboardist best known for his work with the metal outfit SYMPHONY X. MICHAEL PINNELLA released out his latest solo effort titled “Ascension Star” in December 2014. This solo effort is in the vein of prog rock with work largely done by MICHAEL PINNELLA himself on the keyboards.

“Ascension Star” is an eclectic mix of MICHAEL PINNELLA’S various keyboarding techniques used and perfected throughout his years keyboarding with SYMPHONY X, combined with other studio musicians and backgrounds to create a smooth, relaxing, atmospheric musical album. Much of the album sounds like the background to a prog rock CD such as something RUSH may put out, but there are by-and-large no lyrics with the music. There are glimpses of electronic elements on some tracks such as “La Battala En El Niebla” and “A Weight of the World” while other tracks such as “From Empty Places” and “Flip Side of Things” prove to have more of a symphonic feel to them. This shows off MICHAEL PINNELLA’S versatile and diverse personal musicianship outside of SYMPHONY X without the rest of the ban’d to support him. Furthermore, MICHAEL PINNELLA proves his versatility in making several styles of music all sound wonderful.

Combining these sounds made for an eclectic release of largely musical-based work with few words or lyrics that makes “Ascension Star” a nice easy, relaxing yet upbeat listening piece. The musicianship MICHAEL PINNELLA displays is similar to that of what he has proven to have in SYMPHONY X, and his skills and playing abilities never disappoint. MICHAEL PINNELLA is very capable of, and well on his way to making a name for himself as an individual outside of SYMPHONY X as a band, and for himself as a solo artist.

5 Star Rating

1. New City Rising
2. Flip Side of Things
3. From Empty Places
4. La Battala En El Niebla
5. Miswired
6. A Weight of the World
7. Spider’s Web
8. Welcome Home
9. The Great Escape
10. The Ascension
Michael Pinnella - Solo Artist
Record Label: Knife Fight Media


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