GIANLUCA FERRO

Progressive Metal • Italy
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GIANLUCA FERRO is an Italian progressive metal guitarist who's contributed to various other projects like Arke, Heart of Sun, Strings 24, and Time Machine. He released "Involution" in 2004, and "Unheimlich" in late 2010. His guitar style is heavily influenced by fusion players and the shred metal scene of the 1980's. People who enjoy acts like LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, STEVE VAI, SCALE THE SUMMIT, and other instrumental progressive metal acts should enjoy GIANLUCA FERRO's solo efforts.

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GIANLUCA FERRO Involution album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Involution
Progressive Metal 2005
GIANLUCA FERRO Unheimlich album cover 4.17 | 4 ratings
Unheimlich
Progressive Metal 2010

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GIANLUCA FERRO Unheimlich

Album · 2010 · Progressive Metal
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UNHEIMLICH is the econd solo effort of the brilliant Italian guitar player GIANLUCA FERRO and this one is a true revelation of the genre!This 2010 album has been released a few good years after the spectacular debut album of Gianluca-INVOLUTION-to be as soon as possible discovered-because the debut album is amazing too!UNHEIMLICH ia quite long for an instrumental album,this could be considered a minus -but in my opinion having almost 70 minutes of excellent music the danger of boredom is not at all possible!On the contrary-this album is diverse,catchy and has many moments of pure genius!Stylistically the album could be compared to PLANET X-ON THE VIRG-ANIMALS AS LEADERS-MESSUGAH-CANVAS SOLARIS-COLLINS/WARDINGHAM PROJECT-PAUL WARDINGHAM-CHIMP SPANNER among others!So it's prog metal fusion on steroids and it's blastering!Fantastic powerful production too ,with each instrument having a perfect sound and a superbe artwork too,very original and special in my vision!Gianluca Ferro has an amazing capacity to push his technical skills to an unbelieveble level of technicity and complexity!This album is like a bomb which is continuing to explode,which is impressing the listeners in a very spectacular manner!Great modern tones and odd times,very complex and sometimes it's math prog fusion what we hear here!It's definitelly not an easy first audition-but the more spins you give to this album,the more musical satisfactions you'll get in the end !Congratulations,Gian,a terrific job here and all our rspect and admiration for such a complex and complete album!4,75 STARS becaus perfection doesn't exist!

GIANLUCA FERRO Unheimlich

Album · 2010 · Progressive Metal
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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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