Sporting a dynamic line-up that features founding member, producer, singer and keyboard player Alessandro Del Vecchio, guitarist Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere), bass player Nik Mazzucconi (Labyrinth) and drummer Marco Di Salvia (Hardline), Edge Of Forever are back with their long awaited fourth album, ‘Native Soul’. Easily their strongest record to date, it recalls the heavier yet still melodic sound of their acclaimed debut album.
Originally formed by Del Vecchio in 2002, the band released the albums ‘Feeding The Fire’ (2004, produced by Marcel Jacob [Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman]) and ‘Let The Demon Rock ‘n’ Roll’ (2005, produced by Bobby Barth [Axe, Blackfoot]. Both of these featured Bob Harris (Axe, Frank Zappa) on vocals, but for 2009’s ‘Another Paradise’ Del Vecchio took over on both vocals and production duties.
Years of subsequent artistic collaboration between Del Vecchio and Frontiers Records with numerous other acts have led to some excellent releases and ‘Native Soul’ is no exception, with anthemic songs, epic choruses and a strong vocal performance laying the foundations for a bombastic production.
“I have been eager to reach the sound we have now as a band for years,” says Del Vecchio. “I chased very hard what I envisioned when I wrote these songs, but the final result exceeded my expectations.
The band is tighter, tougher and classier than ever. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier and more pumped about it. Edge Of Forever always had those classic rock and neo-classical elements that could remind you of Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen or House Of Lords, but this time we wanted to take the strong melodic and hard bluesy edge of bands like Tangier and blend it all together.”
Ever since Del Vecchio teamed up with Frontiers he has become a reference name in the hard rock world, being the producer, songwriter and musician behind successful albums by the likes of Hardline, Jorn, Revolution Saints, The End Machine, Find Me, First Signal, Harem Scarem, House Of Lords and more. Besides being one of the most talented musicians in the melodic rock genre, he is also known for his high tenor soulful voice.
Guitarist Aldo Lonobile was the first choice when the band was ready to enter the studio. With a great attitude and undeniable talent, his aggressive rhythm guitars and
powerful but soaring bluesy solos and melodic phrasings give new life to the Edge Of Forever sound and gives the listener a new perspective of him as a player. Besides Del Vecchio, Nik Mazzucconi is the only member remaining from the previous Edge Of Forever album, and his playing pairs perfectly with powerful drummer Marco Di Salvia, already a bandmate of Del Vecchio’s in the group Hardline.
Del Vecchio continues: “Aldo and I have been talking for years about doing something together and now that he is also part of the extended Frontiers family, my choice couldn’t have been easier. He was number one on my list because I knew he had the chops and understood the sound I wanted. He is known to be more of a metal guitarist, but he blew me away in the studio with great melodic solos and you’ll hear that bluesy side you wouldn’t expect from him. Nik and Marco already played together several times and I always witnessed a great chemistry. They locked perfectly on these new songs,
giving them a completely live and in-your-face attitude. There are still tons of keyboards and soaring melodies, but this is certainly a riff-based record. We also wanted this album to be different from your ordinary rock record and to give it a different vibe from the start. That’s why the first song on the album is the a cappella ‘Three Rivers’, like a warm welcome to ‘our’ own sound and world.”
“‘Native Soul’ is my very first hard rock release,” adds Lonobile. “I grew up listening to this genre and its legendary guitarists so when my buddy Alessandro invited me to join the band and played me the first few demos, I was sure that we were on the way to deliver a gem of an album. I had to drastically change my playing for this record, but at the same time I am sure everyone will enjoy the final result.”
‘Native Soul’ is a deep and spiritual record, with yhe concepts of Life, Faith and Love for Mother Earth coming alive in songs such as the title track, ‘Promised Land’, ‘Carry On’, ‘Wash Your Sins Away’ and the a cappella intro, turning them all into anthems about life strength and motivation. “‘Native Soul’ is a very positive record and I want people to listen to these songs with a smile on their faces and enjoy a band pouring blood, sweat and love into every single note. It’s my vision of the world, of life and faith and gives a strong message of never letting anything stop you,” concludes Del Vecchio.
1 Three Rivers
2 Native Soul
3 Promised land
4 Carry On
5 Take Your Time
6 Dying Sun
8 I Made Myself What I Am
10 Wash Your Sins Away
11 Ride With The Wind