Rebirth is the second solo outing by italian bassplayer composer Alberto Rigoni. Most of us will know Alberto from his bass playing in the progressive rock outfit Twinspirits. If I am not mistaken Twinspirits has had a release not too long ago this year. And still the creativity doesn't end here, Alberto played bass on the latest album by Mistheria and is playing in a duo called Lady and the Bass.
Alberto Rigoni shows with this album that a bass can be used also as a lead instrument, it is not only for laying down rhythms to songs, no it becomes a melodic instrument.
Helping Alberto with his second album are a number of internationally acclaimed musicians, like Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) and John Macaluso(Ark,Labrie, Malmsteen). Fellow bass players Michael Manring and Yves Carbone among others contribute here as well.
With a staff like that things can't go wrong. And it doesn't. The compositions by Alberto Rigoni bring out the best in all the palyers and of course Alberto himself.
9 tracks long almost 45 minutes, Alberto and his guest musicians bring us the sheer joy of well composed, high energetic music, reigning from jazz to blues and rock. Most of the tracks on Rebirth are instrumental, just 2 tracks get served with vocal addition. Vocals on these tracks are handled by another well known singer Jonas Erixon(Alicate).
I am often told when talking to other people that a false note on a bass is not as recognizable as one played on a guitar. Using a bass like Alberto does on this album proves these people are definitely wrong. Playing a note off key would completely ruin everything, as it does in a song less bass oriented, but that does not stand out that much.
Track 5 and 7 are the tracks with the vocals added, these two songs are, let us say, more or less standard metalsongs, still very solid but I would have loved to have two more instrumental bass oriented songs on the album, this would have made the album outstanding in my book. Just listen to a song like the title track "Rebirth", which is absolute magical.
His work with TwinSpirits is great, he just added a new dimension to that with his solo works.
03. Story of a man
04. The Net
06. A new soul
07. With all my forces
09. White shine