Here we go power metal fans. This review of Lione-Conti starts with a bit of a genealogy lesson to help put it all together. You may need a pad or two of paper, a good eraser, and some patience to get this all sorted out, but don’t worry it all works out in the end. So here goes: Alessandro Conti sings for a band called Trick Or Treat, and he was asked to sing for Rhapsody after Rhapsody decided to split off into two versions by the two founding members Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli. Alessandro was gonna sing for Luca’s version. This is where it gets a bit tricky; Fabio Lione is the original singer of Rhapsody. When the Rhapsody split happened, he sang for the Alex Staropoli version, but then decided to rejoin Luca Turilli on his recent tour. Did you get all of that? I feel I explained it like a proper metal professor, so if you are still confused read it again.
That brings us to 2018 and back to Lione-Conti. These two have teamed up to make what some are calling the Italian version of the acclaimed Allen/Lande. Their self-titled album Lione-Conti is a power-metal work of art that requires a listen.
It has the sound of Rhapsody, of course, but not quite as fast as a lot of the Rhapsody classics. “Ascension” is the first up, and it has a classic Avanatasia sound to it. Amazing vocals paired with blazing guitar work make it a textbook opening song. “You’re Falling” is one of those tracks that made the whole album for me. It has a Queensryche sound to it. It is a slower, heavier beat and its use of the keyboards are incredible. “Eyes of a Stranger” would be a good comparison, but the stands on its own. “Somebody Else” is a power ballade and as one would expect from this duo, it is flawless. The orchestration builds throughout the track, right into a classic guitar solo that is textbook power-metal ballade.
Lione-Conti is a vocal masterpiece, but that should not come as a surprise to you. After all, we drew that family tree and, it is easy to see this album has a great pedigree. That doesn’t warrant an automatic “A.” But with flawless arrangement, burning guitar riffs, and a vocal performance by two of the best power metal has to offer, if I was a metal professor Lione-Conti would easily get an “A” in my class. The album will be released on January 26, 2018 via Frontiers Music.