LIONE / CONTI
LIONE / CONTI
Frontiers Music SRL
Two of the best voices on the Italian power metal scene, Fabio Lione and Alessandro Conti, have come together under the guiding hand of guitarist and producer Simone Mularoni to bring fans an epic album. The end result, simply titled “Lione / Conti” has been released on January 26 via Frontiers Music SRL.
Fabio is best known for being the original singer of Rhapsody between 1995 and 2016 (which changed its name to Rhapsody of Fire in 2005). Apart from this he has also worked with Brazilian band Angra, and Italian band Vision Divine (and many other side-projects). Alessandro Conti is the vocalist of Italian bands Trick or Treat and Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody (since 2011). So between them, they have been the two faces (or better said voices) of the Rhapsody universe. So it is only natural that they would combine their forces to unite this divided universe.
On to the album. Fans got a taste of the music back in November 2017, when the video for “Ascension” was released in order to introduce this new project.
The song has a great melody to it, a very catchy chorus, a nice duet between the two lead vocalists, and some good guitar lines, but it feels like something is missing. Actually it feels like something is missing on the whole album as there’s hardly any variation, the majority of the songs sounding so generic to the power metal receipt: neat intro - verse - soaring / catchy chorus - verse - chorus, with maybe a guitar solo. I am sure that fans of both singers will have a greater appreciation for this material, but I expected something more out-of-the-box.
Among the songs I do like are “You’re Falling”, which is a mid-tempo song with a modern sound with some Queensrÿche vibes to it (as everybody on YouTube pointed out), and the ballad “Somebody Else”, for its lyrical content and emotional delivery. I also enjoy the highly infectious chorus of “Destruction Show” and the very well executed guitar solo by Simone Mularoni (of progressive metal band DGM) on “Glories”.
Overall, for me this whole album feels like a hit and miss. However, it does boost a lot of energy and speedy guitar playing, soaring choruses and all-around good vocal melodies, but I feel it lacks in originality, and it is a bit predictable. As such I rate it with a 7 / 10.
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Fabio Lione - Vocals
Alessandro Conti - Vocals
Marco Lanciotti - Drums
Filippo Martignano - Keyboards
Simone Mularoni - Guitars, Bass