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Rambaldi, Neil: Perpetual Horizon

With all of the instrumental guitar albums coming out these days, it's really refreshing to hear one that's not a non-stop shred fest, and one that actually has a good amount of melody to go along with tasty chops. This CD by New Jersey musician Neil Rambaldi was a real surprise, as it includes some hot playing, but more importantly eleven memorable songs. While many young axe-heroes emulate Malmsteen, Van Halen, Satriani, Vai, or any of the other countless guitar heroes, Rambaldi uses his influences tastefully and creates a rich and full sound that should appeal to more than guitar players.

There is much variety to be heard on Perpetual Horizon, like the Dream Theater prog-metal stomp of "Edge", or the delicate flamenco jazz of "It's Time." Rambaldi's style is very lyrical, at times like a combination of Joe Satriani and John Petrucci, but he never shred's for shred's sake. "Against the Grain" is a perfect example of this, where the guitarist lays down some flashy yet memorable melody lines, but never loses sight of the song. Considering that he basically plays all the instruments, the sound is very full, with keyboards fleshing out the mix when needed. On "Personalities" the guitarist lets loose possibly his best extended solo on the CD, using wah-wah and sweep picking to a highly dramatic effect. Perhaps the strongest cut though is the majestic anthem "Speechless", which contains a driving rhythm, ripping lead break, and a real emotional tone.

Neil Rambaldi would be a real asset to any hard rock or metal band. His songwriting skills and musical abilities are top-notch, and even if he chooses to stick with the instrumental format I'm sure labels like Lion Music or even Shrapnel will scoop him up eventually. Very promising release, and highly recommended.

Added: December 23rd 2002
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Neil Rambaldi Website
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Language: english

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Rambaldi, Neil: Perpetual Horizon
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-01-28 14:16:26
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This CD is DAMN good! Neil has the ripping chops of greats like Satch and Vai, but his songs aren't simply excuses for showing off his impeccable skills. He actually writes songs - and GREAT ones! My favorite is 'Speechless.' It's so beautiful and melodic, it actually gives me chills. I've seen him live a few times at the Whiskey Cafe in Lyndhurst, NJ, and he puts on an amazing show. This guy is definitly going somewhere!! If you like great guitarists and don't have this CD yet, you're totally missing out - GET IT!!!

Rambaldi, Neil: Perpetual Horizon
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-12-26 14:27:30
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I fully agree, I have been a huge fan of the great's such as Satriani/Petrucci for some time...and more recently have been amazed by such talent as Neil Rambaldi, Andy Timmons, and Alejandro Silva. Neil really does stand above the rest at the moment, the album is incredible...and I would recommend it anyone.

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