Released: 2005, Lion Music
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
The Lion Music machine continues to churn out nameless, faceless neo-classical guitar shredder “heroes” under the guise of Malmsteen, MacAlpine, et al and Francesco Fareri is next in line. FORBIDDEN DIMENSION is Fareri’s second foray into all-too-familiar waters, serving up an endless hour of shredding, wankery and pretentious showmanship that becomes boring by the end of the second track. This music has its core audience and to the rest of us who don’t leave, eat and breathe arpeggios and hyperspeed tapping techniques, all it causes is a migraine.
The talent of the musicians on FORBIDDEN DIMENSION is endless and they aren’t afraid to show it, either. Fareri can really make the fretboard sing as demonstrated throughout, while the keyboard duels have to be heard to be believed. Songs waver between the somber intro of “Days” to the double bass and shredding of “Illusions.” Jon Doman is given the chance to shine with a lengthy drum on “Evolution” but besides Fareri and the fleet-fingered keyboards of Vitalij Kuprij and current Lion Music denizen, Bob Katsionis, the remaining musicians are basically drowned out. The 80s-influenced keyboard intro to “Reflections” smacks of MIAMI VICE but the mellow, proggy tones of “Secrets (Part 2)” are a welcome breather near the midway point. “Inside” boasts a crunchy groove but like “Illusions” and “Evolution,” it suffers at the hands of prog excess clocking in at just under ten minutes in length. The final in the nail coffin is “Atlantide,” as the nails-on-the-chalkboard drudgery of hearing this band saw away at their instruments for nearly 60 minutes pushed me past my breaking point. I literally could not stand to hear another second of blindingly-fast picking on a guitar.
Is Fareri fast? Yes…and like his hero Mr. Malmsteen, he sure likes to show it. Lion Music boasts some of the most excessive guitar-worship albums I have ever heard and this is simply another. FORBIDDEN DIMENSION is a testament of Fareri’s talent and for those who enjoy hearing this type of showy musicianship, then this may be for you but for the rest of you, take two Aspirin and call me in the morning.
KILLER KUTS: “Illusions,” “Evolution,” “Inside”