Andre Matos, Timo Tolkki, Uli Kusch, Mikko Harkin, Jari Kainulainen,
None of these musicians need an introduction.
They are all legends among the melodic metal community.
By sheer coincidence, they all found themselves living on the same continent, in Scandinavia. They decided to join forces and express their talents in the form of a new melodic metal project: SYMFONIA.
Honoring the heritage of their previous bands Stratovarius, Helloween, Angra and Sonata Arctica, SYMFONIA continues their superb melodic metal tradition with an incredible musicianship that is a match made in heaven. This is a force that no serious melodic metal fan will be able to ignore.
SYMFONIA will make its World Premiere 18.2 at the Finnish Metal Expo, an International Metal Meeting, where they will take the stage at 11PM in the evening.
The recordings for the debut album of SYMFONIA will start in November at Studio Mega in Sweden, for a Spring 2011 release.
When I think of Brazil, and hard rock, two bands quickly come to mind, Sepultura, and Angra. “All My Life” is the first CD I have listened to by Viper. A quick check of the band’s history, and I was surprised to find out that “All My Life” is the Viper’s sixth studio CD. This band is also the former stomping ground of ex-Angra singer, André Matos.
The opening track “All My Life” opens up with heavy riffing that would make Iron Maiden proud. Singer Ricardo Bocci shows a lot of talent with his vocals. I expected his vocals to be heavily accented, but he does a masterful job on the lyrics and has good range to boot.
I have seen Viper classified as power metal on some of their previous releases, All My Life, might fall a little closer to progressive metal than power metal. In fact, there are times when this music dabbles in the melodic rock area. Nonetheless, Felipe Machado and Val Santos whip out some tasty six string action on this disc that hard rock and metal fans are sure to love. As an added bonus, former Viper and Angra singer André Matos makes a guest appearance, and handles the vocals on the very cool tune “Love is All”.
The musicianship surprised me on this CD. I was surprised that a band this good, has escaped my attention until now. I will definitely be seeking out some of their previous releases after hearing this one.
You can only purchase “All My Life” as an import disc. You can purchase this CD, at this link. Hopefully, this disc will get some U.S. distribution. Music this good needs to be heard!.
Ricardo Bocci — vocals
Pit Passarell — bass
Felipe Machado — guitar
Val Santos — guitar
Renato Graccia — drums
Additional musicians on All My Life:
André Matos — vocals on “Love Is All”
Yves Passarel — guitar solo on “Violet”