STEVE SALUTO - 12 (Inputlevel Productions)
Next discussing is about an Italian man whose passion for guitar picking started at the young age of 15. According to what I’ve read on the Internet, it was the solo which appears in the song ‘Beat It’ (Michael Jackson) responsible for this decision. The mighty six string magician Eddie Van Halen was the vendor of the solo, he’s still one of my favourite guitarists ever been. To me considered as the bringer and brainchild of the legendary Right Finger Tapping guitar moves, Eddie’s still top notch! Always good to know that other people find inspiration by his famous guitar tactics, among them there is Steve Saluto who just released its twelfth studio recording which is actually a four song EP.
Throughout the years, Steve became a meritorious musician/songwriter in the first place but is also well known for his tremendous job as producer, audio engineer and avid music aficionado. Releasing twelve self written recordings up to date, for that… my deepest respect is kindly offered. He has a wide style of guitar skills within his might, not very much to do with my everlasting passion called Metal but Steve’s way of pulling strings is more situated in the circuits of Jazz and Rock. I don’t like Jazz at all but guitarists influenced by this gem are so damn skilled, they please my ears ultimately. Guitarists precisely tickling their strings with a jazzy feel can bring a surprisingly good result, I’ve had to face that more than once in the past. It’s admirable to watch for the list of all the great musicians worked with in the past, to name but a few: Richie Kotzen (Poison/MR. Big), Darryl Jones (Sting/The Rolling Stones), Brian Tichi (Foreigner, Whitesnake), Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), Doug Wimbish (Living Colour).
Steve Saluto also became a member of the All Star Rock formation La Famiglia Superstar featuring members of Great White, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnale and Atma Anur. Due to this contribution, Steve toured across the world with LFS and that was actually the ultimate opportunity to see what really happened in world of Rock those days. Steve’s music find its way to the many National radio stations as well, also on TV he was repeatedly observed. Big magazines (Guitar Player, Axe, Metal Shock,…) spent many pages to place Steve’s business knowledge in guitar tricks into a very good daylight. Loaded with such a phenomenal curriculum vitae, the future of this electric guitar magician looks very promising. As producer, Steve is always able and willing to help young bands working out their stuff in a professional manner. All in all a rich career to date for the highly acclaimed mister Steve Saluto!
Focus myself on his new and very aptly EP entitled “12”, there’s a whole lot to enjoy. Guys contributing on the effort are none other than vocalist Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), drummer Brian Tichi (also Lynch Mob among others), bass fiddler in charge is Thomas Nero. The master himself Steve Saluto takes control of all the breathtaking guitar works, and he does it with a lot of persuasion. The songs has been written by his own hands, this EP carries a more Rock than Metal type of character and the end result belongs to the upper class. Based on the guitar moves only, well this effort is food for all those into shred guitar tactics, not very Metal minded… (Hard) Rock would be better to define. It’s a real pleasure to hear Steve racing up end down the fretboard of his favourite tool, no doubt about he’s a real genius in riff/solo service. As expected from Oni Logan, the vocals are really strong, stable… no reason to complain at all, absolutely great singer to me! Technical drums and basslines standing strong, perfectly in line to each and makes the overall package complete.
We have to deal with a bunch of outstanding musicians, that’s for sure but yet… there are a few passages moderately disturbing to me. I’m talking about the industrial/electronic esque elements some of the tracks are loaded with. For me some kind of a setback, without the presence of these passages, “12” would have gotten a much better impact on my inner self. But okay, it is what it is and hell no, I don’t want to provide the EP with bad criticism because that would be unfair. Starring the permanently present of Steve Saluto’s brilliant guitar work and the killer vocals of Oni, “12” delivers the goods by the grace of melodical/technical guitar driven Rock. At some points this cut can not tempt me, yet it was a real pleasure to get to know a famous and to the bone skilled musician/producer like Steve Saluto. Fans of solid guitars served with a whole package of intensive shred skills, stop by at: http://www.stevesaluto.com/
My Points: 83 / 100
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