"Confession and Release" (Unsung; 2008)
Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter
"Confession and Release" is the debut album from Moonbound. Moonbound is
a special project by renowned producer Fabio Trentini famous for his work with Guano Apes and H-Blockx. Moonbound isnít metal or hard rock, but
rather a melding of classic pop-esque rock with sufficient energy and verve. The first
comparison that came to mind was Kingís X guitarist/vocalist Ty Taborís solo work (especially the vocals). The
second comparison I thought of was a skill blend of early progressive-oriented Genesis combined with later-era pop Genesis. The
songs represent a throwback to a romantic sort of feeling.
On "Confession and Release" Trentini is joined by many of his friends and colleagues Ė all of whom are stellar musicians although they might not be familiar to the average metal/hard rock fan. The songwriting is very strong, the melodies are infectious, the vocal performance is seductive, the musical performances are impeccable, and the overall impact is impressive. This is a testament to Trentiniís strength of vision as a producer/band leader as this project was no-doubt created over many years, various countries, and various studios.
"Confession and Release" was produced and engineered by Fabio Trentini. The production is slick and clean Ė all the better to hear every single beautiful nuance in the retro-modern style/mix. It all combines for a truly satisfying listening experience.
Moonbound is Fabio Trentini joined by Jeff Collier on vocals and drums, Modo Bierkamp on guitars and keyboards, Pat Mastelloto on drums and percussion, Henning Rumenapp on guitars, Maik Schott on keyboards and organs, Markus Reuter on Warr guitar and Chapman Stick, Arne Neurand on drums and percussion, Milan Polak on guitar, Sven Petri on drums, Mario Brinkmann on keyboards and sound treatments, Martin Huch on lap steel and pedal steel, and Ingo Knollmann on vocals.
For more information visit http://www.mounbound.net or http://www.fabiotrentini.com.
A classic. This record will kick your ass.
Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.
So-so. You've heard better.
Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.
Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.
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