Anthony Bizzarri is an artist from Cincinnati, OH, who has been a musician since he was ten- years-old. Throughout the ’90s he toured with multiple bands and performed as a studio musician. He recently released a four-song EP entitled Open The Door.
This is an instrumental album that revolves around lead guitar and is not unlike something from Joe Satriani or Yngwie Malmsteen. The album has distinct early ’90s, late ’80s rock flavor that is just undeniable. It’s not only in the music but very much in the production.
I got the same feeling I usually do when I get to lead guitar albums. All I can picture in my head is some guy wailing on the guitar and loving it. It fails to elicit much of an emotional response from me like nostalgia or excitement, etc. For better or worse this genre feels like such a relic of the past that is outside of the underground or mainstream music of today. It will most likely keep resonating with the relatively small niche who can’t seem to get enough of it.
The album opens with “Open The Door.” Suffice it to say that if you like the first song you will like the rest. The music is pretty standard revolving around guitar, drums and bass. It’s through and through rock music and as I mentioned earlier feels steeped in a production style that you would associate with this style of rock. The drum sound, the lead guitar and even the bass. Everything sounded very familiar and brought me back to my childhood.
“Persistence on a Roll” could be an extension of the first track. Bizzarri shows off his soloing chops here even more. The song revolves around one long guitar solo. “Attack of the Zombie Wolf” is slightly heavier sounding veering towards ’80s metal. Bizzarri waits a little longer to start soloing here. “Lightning” comes out of the gate sounding like classic ’80s hair metal.
Open The Door felt more like an homage to the past than a modern take on a niche genre. I can’t say that Bizzarri is introducing new elements I haven’t heard before to this style of music. That being said he is no doubt a good guitarist and if you are one who enjoys instrumental music revolving around a blazing guitar this will be one you won't want to pass up.
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