Old Mill Records
The name Roberto Tiranti might not tell you something, but this is the same guy under the name Rob Tyrant. As Rob Tyrant he was the singer of the well known Italian band LABYRINTH; a band that is considered amongst the most important for the modern Italian scene and of course it’s a band that has achieved recognition amongst all the heavy metal fans around the world. So, this is the solo work of the singer of LABYRINTH.
THE COVER: It is actually a picture of the musician who is sitting on a chair in a garden and he has a classical guitar (or Spanish Guitar) on his feet. It is quite an eloquent and suggestive cover. It suggests that here Roberto moves on more melodic and non metal paths.
MUSICAL STYLE: Well, I mentioned above that here Roberto tries to express himself through different musical paths away from the heavy metal sound that he has got us used to. The sound that you will listen to here is definitely inspired by the pop/rock and AOR sound. In my opinion the whole album has a nostalgic 80’s essence without though losing its touch with the contemporary sound of these genres.
COMPOSITIONS: The album includes 11 compositions that move on the melodic paths of pop/rock and AOR sound. In my opinion the influences of Roberto come from singers like Bryan Adams, his compatriot Eros Ramazzotti, but you can also find references here to the sound of the latest BON JOVI. It is an album based on melodies and its intention is to relax the listener and create to him some optimistic and even nostalgic feelings. You must also know that the biggest part of the lyrics is written in the Italian language.
CONCLUSION: It is really nice to see musicians express themselves from time to time through different musical styles. Somehow, this renovates them and gives them inspiration to move on. So, this is what Roberto does here and he does it well. He knows the pop/rock sound well and the album, without me being an expert on this sound, has quality and nice catchy melodies. I don’t know how many of you that read this webzine like this kind of sound, but I have to be sincere and tell you that it is a good album for the genre that it serves.