Thursday, 5 January 2012

Alfonzetti - Here Comes The Night (2011)

Genre - Hard Rock / Melodic Rock / AOR

Track listing -

01. Losing You

02. Here Comes the Night
03. I’ll Wait for You
04. Heartbreaker
05. Don't Listen to Your Heart
06. Why Can´t You Love Me
07. Lay Your Love on Me
08. Rock n Roll Heart
09. Set Me Free
10. I Will Never Let You Fall

"Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden Matti Alfonzetti began his musical career in his early teens playing bass in the local Hard Rock band Heavy Waters. Shortly after this he abandoned the bass and became the lead vocalist for this group. He later met guitarist Göran Elmquist and formed the band Hardware that would soon change it’s name to Scandinavia and then Bam Bam Boys and recorded the album ‘Bam Bam Boys’ in 1988. Sadly, it was not released until 1999.The band split-up and Matti, not being sure how to pursue his career as a singer, was sitting in his flat in Stockholm when he received a phone call from Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) asking him to audition for his new band Western Front. In London he successfully auditioned and got the job as lead vocalist for Western Front. Preproduction for album began when sadly the record company decided they were not going to release the album at that time and the band was put to rest for the time being.
Matti had already received an offer to become the lead singer of London based band Jagged Edge, and went straight in to the recording studio to record 5 songs that would be released as the EP ‘Trouble’ (1990). With Jagged Edge he also recorded the album ‘Fuel For Your Soul’. The band toured extensively in the UK with bands such as Dan Reed Network, Vixen, David Lee Roth among others. Leaving Jagged Edge in 1992 he went back to Sweden to briefly tour with Swedish band Talisman and on to join Skintrade and recorded the albums ‘SkinTrade’ (1993) and ‘Roachpowder’ (1995). After extensive touring in Europe the band split up in 1996. Next up was Boxer, a Swedish AOR/ Pop group, where he sung in native language for the first time. The self titled debut was released in 1998.
In 2000 Alfonzetti’s first solo album ‘Ready’ saw the light of day - and two years later the album ‘Machine’. Following this Matti started getting into songwriting and producing and had success producing and writing for bands such as The Poodles among others. One new project emerged in 2007, Road To Ruin, including drummer Tomas Broman and Sampo Axelsson and Lars Chriss of Lion’s Share. ‘Road To Ruin’ came out the same year on Metal Heaven.
Now, Alfonzetti’s third solo album is ready. Titled ‘Here Comes The Night’, it is the Alfonzetti’s return to the music and vocal style of first solo album ‘Ready’ with up to date production. This time Matti collaborated with drummer/ producer Daniel Flores and the albums includes guests such as Marcus Jidell (Evergrey) and Emil Fredholm (Plankton).The CD was recorded at Sound vs Science Studios and Atomic Rooster Studios, Stockholm. All songs were written and produced by Matti Alfonzetti and mixed and co-produced by Daniel Flores."

A great album that really showcase's Matti's vocal prowess, and a great compliment to the debut album from his new project, Red White & Blues with ex Jagged Edge band mate myke Gray!

Well worth checking out!

Rating 8/10

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