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27 December, 2013

Bruno Pittelli - Emotion

Bruno Pittelli - Emotion (song review) |self-released, Stay Here EP, 2013| 4/5

For centuries, it's been known that music is directly linked to emotions. People look for certain songs based on a specific rhythm or atmosphere, but also express their own feelings through making music. What’s more, successful therapeutic healing through arts is a fact. Some people feel better when darker or heavier compositions occupy their minds, others prefer to stick to softer tones.
According to the 20 year-old composer of “Emotion”, making music provides a medium for communicating his own emotions, especially when they are stimulated by a sudden onrush of energy.

The aptly named track brings a positive, soothing vibe and non-intrusive guitar soloing. This rather short instrumental composition starts with a rock drum beat, promptly followed by an uplifting and proud arrangement - think of a 'victory' musical theme.
Next, synths bring on a slightly classical, gentle tune along with graded guitar riffs. The song structure changes and tempo increases with a dynamic rock cannonade beginning right afterwards. Now the soloing guitar and heavier drums take the lead while the bass adjusts accordingly. Passionate and repeating light riffs flow smoothly. If you like a neo-classical approach to guitar solos, you will totally enjoy Bruno's guitar play.
The synth part returns, joined by soothing riffs, stable drum beats and well-matched bass lines. The fade out effect that ends the track (and is quite a good idea for this type of composition) could have been extended a bit, though. Nevertheless, representatives of the movie industry should appreciate this song if it was submitted for licensing. The short piece could also be incorporated into a more complex neo-classical composition.

Pittelli generally plays several electric guitars. For “Emotion”, he used his signature Red'n'Blue Flames guitar by Italian manufacturer Molinelli. The instrument provided a very melodic, sentimental sound, suitable for extended solos, as well as rock ballads.

This guitarist had entered several European music contests and won a few awards so far. Make sure you'll visit his website to follow the latest news. You can also watch him play in a few music videos available on YouTube.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, December 27th, 2013. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński).
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22 December, 2013

ClosedHandPromise - [iam] Nemesis

ClosedHandPromise - [iam] Nemesis (song review) |self-released, [iam] Nemesis, 2013| 5/5

Most of the metal bands hailing from Texas come up with extremely powerful music - think of such famous acts as Skrew, Pantera or Rigor Mortis. Raging heat also radiates from this Austin based band, as if coming from a steel factory furnace.
ClosedHandsPromise was founded in 2004. Its line-up includes Domingo (Gitfiddle), Pumpkin Escobar (Slaps da bass), P-dro (Beatz), Colbonix (Propaganda) and K-Killa (Electrics). They've released Outer Space EP followed by a brand new [iam] Nemesis EP in 2013. The title track recorded with Tim Gerron (SOD, Skrew) and mastered by Roger Lian (Slayer, Candiria) offers a powerful and high quality sound.

Heavy metal arrangements mixed with hardcore influences and pumping dynamics are probably the first thing you notice about "[iam] Nemesis". The Greek mythology portrays Nemesis as the goddess of fate, justice and revenge, a personification of the gods' wrath. The song’s mood seems directly connected to these motifs.

"[iam] Nemesis" is a short, stimulating track clocking in at slightly over 3 minutes. The dynamics and the flood of arrangements change within the composition, keeping the song absorbing, both to your ears and brains.
The musicians cooperate together perfectly - the drummer comes into a forceful union with the bass player, while the guitarist supports the lead singer. Repetitive spirals of piercing riffs entwine with thorny, hateful and screaming vocals that add a serious set of claws to the music. Loud, angry shouts and a fast-paced stream of lyrics will fill your ears with an honest, in-your-face message, whether you're ready to hear it or not. Moreover, some parts of the song sound as if the vocalist was attacking the listener like an infuriated pitbull. If you enjoy growling, you'll get a serving as well.

These guys, once they gear up, turn into a collaborative team of warriors. If you wish to learn more about ClosedHandPromise, it would be wise to buy their brand new album, support them through social networks and best of all, go see them play a live show. Solid, furious and memorable.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, December 22nd, 2013. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)

Reviewed by Fabryka Music Magazine