While searching for new artists today, I came across guitarist Rich Antonelli. He was seeking people to review his new CD, Voiceless. Well, The Music God is always up for some new tunes so I jumped at the chance. It was during a subsequent chat that Rich told me about why he had recorded this CD. His cause immediately hit my heart strings and I knew this was a CD that I had to write about.
Rich recorded this CD as a way to raise funds and awareness for Children’s Hospital. His daughter was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. 100% of sales of this release are being donated directly to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI. Having a daughter that was born with Trisomy 13 and received care before her death from Children’s Hospital here in Michigan, it makes it very personal to me as well.
Getting to the CD, I have to say, this is an extremely well balanced album. From the very beginning with the tune, “The Beginning”, you can tell that great care was taken with the songs and production. There’s a clarity and style here that works perfectly. This is an instrumental CD in the style of Eric Johnson, Steve Vai. Jason Becker, and the likes.
There’s an abundance of different styles at work here. You can hear the 80’s rock influence in the songs yet also the obvious influences from many hours of listening to the guitar masters. The rhythm section is precise and deep in the groove here. It works perfectly with the tunes without ever overpowering the melodies and hooks of the guitars.
Rich covers all the bases here. “Hannah’s Song” rocks out in that classic shredder style, “Peaceful Sorrow” is all about the groove, and “Saturday Night Serenade” would be perfect for a monster power ballad. “Rattlesnake Stew” has that Tora Tora style stomp with some Satch Boogie style shredding over the top. This whole CD is as well played and composed as anything that came out during the “Shredder Period” of the late 80’s/early 90’s.
While instrumental tunes may not be everyone’s cup of tea, this is for an amazing cause and will fit nicely in any rock fans collection. This is a classic, well thought out, and produced slab of rock and roll.
Pick this up and feel good about yourself doing so. It’s for the kids, that’s all you need to know.
CJ “Music God” Plain
1) The Beginning
2) Mechanical Presence
3) Brie’s Song
4) Hannah’s Song
5) Peaceful Sorrow
6) Giddy Up
7) Sat Night Serenade
8) Rattlesnake Stew
9) Groovy Tuesday
Rich Antonelli – Guitars