|» Cd reviews||
Personnel: Jeff Scott Soto (Vocals), Mike Orlando (guitars, bass, drums), Tony Dickinson (guitars, bass, keys), Chris Feener (guitar), Gus G (guitars, bass), Edu Cominato (drums, keys), Connor Engstrom (guitars, keys), Casey Grillo (drums), Leo Mancini (guitars), Henrique Baboom (bass), Gary Schutt (guitars, bass, keys), Diego Armelin (guitar), Al Pitrelli (guitar), Hugo Mariutti (guitar), Jorge Salan (guitars), BJ (guitars, bass), Jason Bieler (guitar), Chris McLemon (bass), Juan Carlos Gibaja (bass), Edu Brenes (drums).
Jeff Scott Soto presents a rather heavy and metallic approach, which to me is somewhat surprising since he during the last decades, after his stint with Yngwie Malmsteen, mainly has lurked in the immediate area of light melodic hard rock. What we have on Inside The Vertigo is a plethora of musicians and songwriters who, under the supervision of Soto and crew, come out with songs of different character that contains lots of pretty massive and attacking riffs to back up the lead vocalist on his quest for success.
Most songs end up somewhere in the category of heavy metal with a modern and slightly alternative pulse. Make no mistake, this is certainly no massive metal album all through, but Soto indeed comes out challenging and he still has his strong vocal talent to rely on. He also sounds really inspired by the opportunity and I think he does his best to create some kind of a new era for himself.
I believe that he really wants to deliver the message and I think that he hasn't been this relevant in years and years, even if I ask myself just how relevant he really is to the fans of heavier music in this day and age. He is now part of an older generation and I wonder if he is able to reach new and younger fans with this release. These supposedly new fans are of course really important in terms of sales and a continuing career, since I believe that most of his older fans already have left the building to pursue other priorities in life.
I'm not sure whom I should praise on this effort in the end; the musicians for putting their mark on each song, Soto for his drive and performance, or the co-producers who has helped recording this album and making it what it is? The end result is anyway quite impressive and beforehand I did absolutely not expect this album to come out this strong and fresh.
also review of: DIVAK