Alberto Rigoni – Three Wise Monkeys

Alberto Rigoni – Three Wise Monkeys
Release date: October 1 2012
Label: Any and All Records
CD Distribution: Nightmare Records (USA & Canada), Disk Union (Japan), Power Prog (Europe), BTF (Italy), MediaStar LCC (Russia)

Digital Distribution: Nightmare Records

“Three Wise Monkeys” is the third solo album by Alberto Rigoni, progressive rock composer & bass player (TwinSpirits, Lady & THE BASS), who is rapidly gaining audience in the international progressive rock fusion music scene for inventive genre-crossing compositions that paint alluring soundscapes comprehensible to wide varieties of listeners, yet artistically sophisticate and individualistic enough to sustain one’s attention once gained.

Half instrumental and half with vocals, Rigoni’s third solo album is thematically centered around the Japanese folk legend of the “Three Wise Monkeys” and further refines the stylistic contrasts and progressive spirit characterizing 2011’s “Rebirth” (Nightmare Records), concretely separating the mellow jazz, rock fusion, and ambient from the assertive melodic and hard rock and developing each extreme into Rigoni’s most aggressive and most delicate material. His distinctively kaleidoscopic bass playing and compositional grace smoothly passes across borders and carries traits of each of its components, becoming less of a solo project based around the bass guitar than a progressive rock experience.

The album also boasts contributions from great special guests: Göran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Brazen Abbot), Jonas Erixon (Alicate), Kevin Moore (ex Dream Theater, OSI, Chroma Key), Mark Cross (Outloud, ex Helloween, Firewind), Federico Solazzo (Alexia), Alessandro Bertoni (Aphelion), Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock), Tommy Ermolli (TwinSpirits), Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios), Paolo Valli (session drummer), Paco Barillà (Daniele Liverani), Sebastian Persini (Solo artist, session drummer)

Album Credits

All songs written and produced by Alberto Rigoni. “Coming Home” co-written with Jonas Erixon “Believe” co-written with Jonas Erixon
Mixed and Mastered by Federico Solazzo Artwork and Booklet by Davide Guidoni
Alberto Rigoni’s photos by Nicolò Luppino

Musicians

Alberto Rigoni: bass
Göran Edman (vocals on track 3)
Jonas Erixon (vocals on tracks 5, 7, 9 & 10)
Kevin Moore (keyboards on track 2)
Federico Solazzo (keyboards on tracks 5, 6 & 9)
Mistheria (keyboards on tracks 8 & 10)
Alessandro Bertoni (keyboards on track 3)
Tommy Ermolli (guitars on tracks 2, 3, 5, 9 & 10)
Simone Mularoni (guitars on tracks 7)
Mark Cross (drums on track 7)
Paolo Valli (drums on tracks 2 & 9)
Paco Barillà (drums on track 3 & 10)
Sebastian Persini (drums on tracks 5 & 6)

Track Listing

01 Toshogu Shrine
02 Mizaru
03 Three Wise Monkeys
04 Kikazaru
05 Blackened Tornado
06 Iwazaru
07 Free Falling
08 Between space and time 09 Coming Home
10 Believe

Reviews

Muzikreviews 4,5/5
HardRockHeaven.net 9.5/10
Ytsejam. com 4.5/5
Lady Obscure 5/5
MetalUnderground.com 4/5

Progarchives.com 4/5
VerVaxz’s &Knacker’s Zle-Xre Ota’Chaotic Sphere 83/100
Powerofmetal.dk 83/100
TheMetalResource 8/10
Italia Di Metallo 8/10
ProgRock.org.pl 4/5
Bass Players United 8/10
HouseOfProg.com 76/100
TrueMetal.it 72/100
Thunder Row
Danger Dog 4/5
Quadri Project 
Metallus.it 7,5/10
All Around Metal 4,5/10
Mundo Rock Heavy 8/10
Powemetal.de 8.5/10
The Metal Review
Prog Reviews 8.5/10
Rock Impressions
Prog Metal Zone 
Gaesteliste
Bass Player United 8/10
Metal Temple 
Metal Music Archives 
Sea of Tranquillity
Proggnosis
Bass Frontiers Magazine
Underground Empire
Tempi Duri Webzine

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