Jul 212017

Italian bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo, BADASS, Vivaldi Metal Project) unveils the artwork of his upcoming prog/ambient solo album Duality which will be released on September 20th 2017. The album features a guest appearances of Mattias IA Eklundh, Jonah Weingarten, Mistheria, Frank Caruso & Ryo Okumoto.

The artwork (below) has been designed by well known visual artist Reuben Bhattacharya of Visual Amnesia who has worked with several famous artists.

Reuben says: “I wanted to bring forth, a modernized approach to the stylings of classic prog rock album art on this release. The painting and the characters depict the theme of the album, which is the synergy and coexistence between Technology and Nature, Machine and Man, Good and Evil, Light and Dark, Dissonance and Harmony and the opposing forces that define human existence on planet Earth!” Continue reading »

May 292017

Italian bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo, BADASS, Vivaldi Metal Project, The Italians) has just announced that Swedish guitarist Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen) has joined Alberto‘s upcoming BASS solo album “Duality” with a stunning solo that you can hear in the soundcloud player below.

“It’s a big honor to have Mattias in my new album, I’ve been a super fan of his incredible playing since I discovered his band Freak Kitchen many years ago!” – Alberto Rigoni

The new album will be released in September 2017. If you would like to support the fundraising campaign go to: albertorigoni.net/soloEP 20% of the income will be donated to Lega del Filo d’Oro, an Italian association which helps deaf blind children. Continue reading »

Apr 252017

Italian bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, BADASS, Vivaldi Metal Project, The Italians, Kim Bingham) announces that, after the release of five solo albums between 2008 and 2016, he is now working on a new BASS solo EP album.

“I felt very inspired lately so I’ve started the composition of a new BASS solo EP: 6 tracks, bass and drums, melodic, intimate but also a bit experimental and groovy. Some special guests may also join this new project, let’s see what happens. The album will be released approximately in September 2017.” – Alberto Rigoni said.

Check out the video announcement below.

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Nov 122016

The_Italians_ep_19e The Italians are an Italian-British pop-rock band founded in 2009 by British singer-songwriter William Oliver Knight. He had moved from London to Italy to find musical inspiration. In 2015 the original group disbanded and William met bassist Alberto Rigoni. This started a new era for The Italians, which saw the duo add a drummer in Alessandro Miazzi. The first full album ‘Oh Boys What Have You Done’ (2015) was comprised of twelve songs expressing different musical eras. It was a collection of stories with a variety of different characters.

In April 2016 William Knight, Alberto Rigoni and Alessandro Miazzi entered the studio and recorded the ‘Live at the Teatro delle Voci’ EP. They chose four songs from ‘Oh Boys What Have You Done’ to record in a natural atmosphere.

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Jul 172016

13339456_1117169354993223_8556323398747796592_n_1e0Sometimes a press release tells you everything you need to know about an album and that is the case with the Vivaldi Metal Project – The Four Seasons.  Featuring more than 130 metal and classical artists, orchestra, string quartets, and three choirs, The Four Seasons is a symphonic metal interpretation of Antonio Vivaldi’s Baroque masterpiece of the same name, the likes of which is unprecedented.

Italian keyboard player and solo artist Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock) started thinking in 2013 about making a metal version of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, a piece he loved since childhood.  After starting to play and record movements himself, he decided a metal version would be perfect and posted some clips online to engage metal musicians in the project.  Not long after getting some initial musicians on board, he enlisted Douglas R. Docker to write lyrics for the instrumental works an in the end also brought in Rob Rock and Lance King to help out with lyrics.  Ten arrangers were brought on board to combine the standard metal band with strings, choirs, and orchestra, and in the end a literal all-star cast of musicians ended up providing performances for the project that took over 2 years to complete.  In the end, listeners will be treated to 14 tracks and over 74 minutes of incredible music. Continue reading »