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Marc Rizzo
The Ultimate Devotion
November 2007
Released: 2007, Mascot Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Marc Rizzo is mostly known for being the founder of Il Nino - a band he later left for Soulfly in 2003. The young guitar player performs on the Soulfly albums PROPHECY and DARK AGES. Aside from Soulfly he also has a solo career, and now the follow-up to his instrumental debut COLOSSAL MYOPIA is being released with the name THE ULTIMATE DEVOTION. It’s a great title and really reflects how passionate Rizzo is for his guitar playing. Rizzo is an enormous guitar shredder and musically he does things with his guitar that I thought to be impossible. His fellow musicians are a great back-up team as well.

The album rests on a solid foundation of fast and technical metal, but there are also elements of flamenco, classical music and Latino beat; this album is very varied in its music style. The last two tracks of the album’s 10 are called “Lived and Learned” and “All for Nothing”; they are two great examples of how fast and energetic metal ought to be played. I have no idea if Rizzo or someone else sings on those songs, but either way it sounds really good. The rest of the album is strictly instrumental which is OK, but sometimes it gets quite tiring.

Rizzo produced the album and it’s mixed by drummer Kanky Lora. It was recorded in Mambo Studio NYC in New York and Rizzo created a great production that fits his playing like a glove. I do have small problems with strictly-instrumental albums, and this album is no exception. But Rizzo’s amazing guitar playing saves the album along with the two songs that actually include lead vocals. This is a great album that future guitarists and Rizzo fans will want to take a closer look at.
Track Listing

1. The Ultimate Devotion
2. Ascension
3. Sinceramente
4. The Riddle of Steel
5. Skankin to the Shred
6. Mamasita
7. Angelina’s Song
8. Lived and Learned
9. All For Nothing


Marc Rizzo – guitar
Kanky Lora – drums
Elo Hernandez – bass
Guillermo Capellan – bass
Domenic Manaco – congas
TJ Frost – back up vocals

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