The Rock and Roll Report Focus is on Twinspirits

Twinspirits is a band from Italy that falls into the category of Heavy Metal. Take equal parts Hard Rock and Prog-Metal and you get a feel for what Italy’s Twinspirits sounds like. This five-piece outfit came together when Daniele Liverani was looking for the next phase of his career as a musician. Throughout his years of playing music, Daniele has become a virtuoso on both the guitar and the piano. With Twinspirits, he has taken his experience as a keyboard player and has written some of the best melodic Heavy Metal to be released in a long time.

Although Daniele is the songwriter of the band, he is not the only piece to the puzzle. To fill the part of guitarist, Daniele called upon 20 year old Tommy Ermolli to be the behind the six-string. Tommy has made the most of the 8 years he’s been playing and has more than mastered the instrument. For the bassist, Alberto Rigoni fills the part. While being the perfect choice to provide the bass part for the band, Alberto is also a composer in his own right. He has just released an album of his own music. Finding a drummer was a no-brainer. Dario Ciccioni has been playing with Daniele for a decade. When the idea of the band was thought up, Dario was the only choice. The role of vocalist was the one piece to the band that took the most time to fill. But when all was said and done, Danish vocalist Soren Adamsen was the final piece to the puzzle.

It is this group of musicians that have recorded the band’s 2007 release entitled The Music That Will Heal the World. Though it is not one, The Music That Will Heal The World can easily be interpreted as being a “concept album” as the songs seem to tell a story. Whether the album is a concept album or not, many of the release’s tracks have a definite commercial feel to them.

The album begins with the track entitled “Projected”. The instrumental track is one of the reasons while the album feels as if it could be a concept album. The track begins with a guitar that sounds more like Heavy Metal than anything else. That Metal approach in the guitar and the keyboards behind it brings to mind something from the band Queensryche. That introductory track hits hard, hits fast and lets the listener know right from the start that the band is serious about the music they play.

“Back to Reality,” the very next track on the album, combines the feel of both Heavy Metal AND Power Rock from the 1980’s. The track’s lyrics are handled well by singer Soren Adamsen who sounds as if he just stepped out of the eighties as well. The track and its lyrical content may remind some of the songs that came from the 1988 Operation: Mindcrime release from Queensryche. In fact, the lyrics about coming back to reality and missing someone feel as if they should have fallen between the songs “Breaking the Silence” and “I Don’t Believe in Love”. It really does when you take the lyrics of “I’m So Sad Because I Know that We Won’t Meet Again” as a sort of bridge between “Breaking the Silence” and “I Don’t Believe in Love”.

While some of the songs on the album have a romantic feel to the lyrics, others seemed to be tied together with a rather different direction to the lyrics. Some of the songs on the album of The Music That Will Heal The World from Twinspirits follow a common thread of war and battle. One of the songs that really follow this theme is “Fire,” a song that has to do with an American soldier that died in battle. The track follows this soldier as he makes a decision to follow the money and become a soldier for hire, a decision that gets him killed. While the storyline is anything but upbeat, “Fire” is one of the strongest tracks on the album, both lyrically and musically.

The next track on the album is “It’s Just Life”. This is yet another instance on the album where the release feels very much like a concept album, as “It’s Just Life” seems to follow the same lyrical path as the song “Fire” before it, as if continuing the storyline. The character in this track seems to sing that his choice in direction does not matter very much, as “it’s just life”. But as the character sung about in “Fire” has been killed, the character in “It’s Just Life” cannot be the same character.

Bringing the album to a close is the title track of the album. “The Music That Will Heal The World” is by far the longest track on the release, reaching over twelve minutes long and putting Twinspirits solidly in the Prog-Rock genre. As the listener makes their way through the song, Power Rock and Heavy Metal blend together to create moments where both musical feels control the direction of the track. The song’s musical approach also seems to feel as if it is bringing something to a close. This goes back to the idea that this release feels as if it is a concept album, although the band claims that it is not.

Italy’s Twinspirits has created one of the best albums of Hard Rock/Prog-Metal around today. The music on the release solidly falls somewhere between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal with plenty of melodic moments in between. If you like that style of music called Prog-Rock, take the time to check out Twinspirit’s album called The Music That Will Heal The World.

To check out the band’s music, go to http://www.twinspirits.net/, or go to their MySpace page @ http://www.myspace.com/twinspiritsband .

Matheson Kamin

TWINSPIRITS: The Music that Will Heal the World
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