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Tommy Ermolli - Step Ahead (CD)

Tommy Ermolli
Step Ahead
by Mike Novak at 18 October 2009, 4:44 PM

Tommy Ermolli is an Italian guitarist who plays in several different bands such as TWINSPIRITS and KHYMERA. The latter band features Dennis Ward of PINK CREAM 69 fame. This is his first solo album.

This is no album full of shredding and self-indulgence. Ermolli takes the time to actually craft songs. There is very little in the way of Heavy Metal; this is much more along the lines of Rock and its various similar genres like blues, acoustic music and even a bit of jazz. The fact that there is very little Metal to be found is not necessarily a bad thing, just something to be aware of so that proper expectations can be formed prior to listening to the album.

While there is no shredding, there is a decent amount of great, soulful playing, which never gets in the way of the songs as a whole. As mentioned, there are several different styles present throughout the songs and all are played professionally. While there was nothing on here that blew me away, I found myself enjoying listening to this album pretty much all the way through. I really enjoy the guitar playing, too, which is obviously important for a release in this genre.

People that do not enjoy guitar albums should probably avoid this one, but even mild fans of the genre (such as me) should perhaps give this one a chance.

3 Star Rating

Endless Space
Joy Of Illusion
Step Ahead
Enlightening Darkness
Taking Control
Virtual Redefinition
Tommy Ermolli - Guitars, Bass
Daniele Liverani - Keyboards
Dario Ciccioni - Drums, Percussions
Alberto Rigoni - Bass
Record Label: Lion Music


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