MICAHEL ANGELO BATIO - INTERMEZZO (M.A.C.E. Music)

 

                                  

The eleventh solo album (released through Michael Angelo Batio’s own label M.A.C.E Music) of one of the most controversial, extreme technical, blazing fast guitarists in the world is a fact. Entitled “Intermezzo”, a world-class album giving all credit to his famous name once again! Every guitarist has his own way to play the strings, in the case of MAB… well he like to walk the fast lane in a complete technical mode. The writings, recordings and finally to release “Intermezzo” has confiscated two years which is fairly a quite long period of time but that has everything to do with the fact that this superb album is just finished to the smallest detail you can imagine. All tings considered, “Intermezzo” is currently inaccessible and will be, very likely, the best instrumental album of 2014. As additional information; MAB was once a member of US Glam Metal band Nitro (featuring the master of high pitched vocals Jim Gillette). Each and every time listening to their mighty classic one entitled ‘Machine Gun Eddie’ song, shivers rolling down my backbone. To those into technical high-speed velocity way of guitar playing and very high vocals, make notice of their unrelenting “O.F.R.” effort! Mr. Batio will take you by surprise for sure.

 

MAB’s newest cut has become an excellent representation of a highly- sophisticated guitarist who’s more than worthy to be crowned as a miraculous axe wielder. He always played with Dean guitars and on this mighty strong, fully instrumental album “Intermezzo” you will hear Michael using his new seven string Dean guitar called as MAB 7 Warrior. I’ve always been aware of Michael’s magical art of guitar picking but remarkable fact is that he succeeds to leave myself behind with amazement over and over again. “Intermezzo” breathes nothing but exceptional and previously never heard talented skills come to me in the most amazing way !

 

I advise you to take a look at his newest video for the song called ‘8 Pillars Of Steel’ right HERE. This beautiful eye/ear catcher features a whole bunch of guest musicians likeElliott Dean Rubinson (Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker) on Bass. Guitar solo’s in order by Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis (Nevermore, Conquering Dystopia), MAB, then Rusty Cooley, George Lynch (Dokken), Andrea Martongelli (Arthemis) and Craig Goldy (Ronnie James Dio). A gathering of outstanding guitarists delivering excellent technical moves, as beautiful as can be. My own heart and soul melts away during another fantastic track called “Juggernaut” featuring, besides MAB’s stunning tactics, Chris Poland (Megadeth), Dave Reffett, Anny Grunwald (Formless), Guthrie Govan and both Symphony X stars Mike Lepond/Michael Romeo. What a neckbreaking, over-the-top composition ! This is what I’d like to call a pure technical Metal instrumental with balls! The first four pieces are done by the master himself and punch me in the face one by one. Last song ‘Overload’ appears in style featuring some more additional members like the and only Joe Stump, one of my favourite shred tactic suppliers.

 

In my own opinion, and as a fan of extreme shred guitar enchantment, “Intermezzo” has completely captured my heart. Thanks to MAB and all the other musicians who have joined forces to make a real jewel of this CD. Supporters of fast, melodic, high technical way of pulling strings, order this smoking hot cut and other stuff right HERE. The double-neck guitar specialist is back with a mercilessly strong, probably best album ever released !  http://www.angelo.com/

 

89 / 100

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish