This new solo album by guitarist Francesco Atrusato hits all the right marks. Born in Italy, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, member of metal band All Shall Perish, he's even performed with a symphony orchestra. On this album Atrusato shows that he's not only a technically adept guitarist in the ranks of Jeff Loomis and John Petrucci, but he's also a top notch composer. It isn't just a guy shredding over anonymous backing music. Every element has a purpose and is just as relevant at the lead guitar out front. With evocative song titles "Quantum Tunneling" and "The Metamorphosis" Atrusato creates sonic scenes rather than just a 'look at me wheedly wheeldy' barrage of notes.
The music reminds me most of Jeff Loomis' solo album, Nevermore, and of Atrusato's own All Shall Perish. Rooted in the 'modern' metal sound, the album stays fresh and musically adventurous throughout. The production is also top notch, everything is clear and sharp despite the heaviness. I grew up a fan of guys like Satriani and Vai, and I'm a guitarist myself. I'll be the first to say instrumental albums, in the wrong hands, can get stale really fast. In the last few years I'm pleased to be finding music like this that carries the evolution of the guitar instrumental forward.
01. Chaos and The Primordial (6:39)
02. Quantum Tunneling (4:22)
03. Typhoeus (5:32)
04. Gardens of Yama (5:26)
05. Ceased Time (4:42)
06. The Metamorphosis (4:44)
07. Pour L'Egyptienne (2:31)
08. Aktion T4 (5:34)
09. The Madness of... (4:15)
10. Layers of Corrosion - The Last Particle (7:10)