Released: 2005, Lion Music
Simone Fiorletta has a very bright future ahead of him with PARALLEL WORLDS. Playing the way he does at only 23 years of age shows me that he is a promising “up and comer” in the world of guitar instrumentalists.
Fiorletta started playing the piano at age seven, studying composers like Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. After hearing Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Neil Zaza, Fiorletta realized the guitar was his real passion. At seventeen, he started a prog metal band called The Moonlight Comedy. At 22, Fiorletta released his first solo album called THE BEGINNING.
His latest release, PARALLEL WORLDS, is a great progression from his previous material. You can definitely hear the Satriani and Vai influences on PARALLEL WORLDS. The title track has a very quirky riff in the beginning sounding a lot like something Vai would do, and a lot of rockin’ riffs similar to a Satriani vibe. “The First Day of Life” is a slower song with a real emotional feel to it—this guy sings with his guitar! “That’s My Truth” starts off with Fiorletta’s blazing fast licks. He doesn’t overdo the technical side of things with pointless wankery, either, as I can tell every riff and lick is well thought out. His string-bending technique is awesome, along with his quick alternate picking and tapping. The bonus track, “Lullaby for Laura” has some weird singing in it, which doesn’t really belong.
PARALLEL WORLDS was a good listen overall and I would recommend this one to any fan of artists like Satriani, Vai, Randy Rhoads, and Yngwie Malmsteen, as well as all guitar players and music lovers. We can all learn a thing or two from this guy. So young, yet so good. Keep up the good work, Simone!
KILLER KUTS: Parallel Worlds, That’s My Truth, Alone In The Rain