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Marc Rizzo - Colossal Myopia

Marc Rizzo - Colossal Myopia

Label : Mascot Records | Archive under heavy / power metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Horst : I guess all of you who regularly read my articles will know by know that I absolutely despise the lack of cool guitar solo's in the newer breed of metal bands. Especially in the metalcore and nu-metal corner it is just stupid riffing and repeating those riffs while screaming like a tortured pig, without even a single hint of virtuoso. Of course you can categorize me as a hopeless traditionalist, but I for one do think that shredding solo's and metal are undisputedly connected with each other. I mean, if I would enjoy listening to the same senseless riffs and computer generated loops over and over again I would be better of listening to techno, right? So when recently the mailman delivered to me the new solo album from Marc Rizzo (Ill Nino, Soulfly) I could not prevent an evil grin. Both bands mean nothing to me (fuck off with your modern crap metal!), and while pulling the sucker out of the plastic my mind was already working on the question who of my colleagues would get it…

Well, in the end it did take only a few minutes to decide I was going to keep it for myself. You see, with this album Marc Rizzo proves he really is a talented guitar masturbator, and everything he was not allowed to do in his former bands is now unleashed from his ESP Viper in the single hour the album lasts. While listening to tracks like 'Kilocycle Interval', 'Introspection Of An Introvert' and 'S.P.Q.R.' it becomes pretty obvious from who he picked up a thing or two, for his play is founded on the work of 80's legends like Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Vinnie Moore, Greg Howe and Paul Gilbert. Yep, Marc is one genuine shredder, and as far as I can judge a pretty good one.

It goes without saying that 'Colossal Myopia' is a completely instrumental album, but luckily this guitarist doesn't make the same mistake many nowadays shredder tend to do. I mean, to be able to shred the living daylights out of your public is one thing, but writing a complete album that remains interesting the full hour, that's a different ballgame (right Yngwie?). Now Marc has successfully coped with this problem. The foundation of his music is hard and mostly up-tempo metal, but for variation he throws in a acoustic flamenco track here and there, or uses flamenco parts in otherwise goddamn heavy tracks. Especially the latter provides the necessary tension an instrumental record desperately needs to avoid losing yourself in useless finger picking. Just listen to the title track of this record and you will catch my drift. Now honesty forces me to tell you that this combination of rock (or metal if you like) and flamenco (Latin if you like) is not exactly new of course. One Carlos Santana did the same kind of stuff already in the seventies. I know for sure Marc Rizzo also knows, judging by the last minute in 'Kilocycle Interval', which is a deadringer for Santana's 'Aqua Marine'…

Anyway, Marc Rizzo did a great job with 'Colossal Myopia'. Not only he showed to be more than just another "new breed riffer”, he also kicked the shredder world's backside, something which that particular scene needed badly. I am curious how Marc will develop in the years to come, because this album leaves me hungry for more.

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