"Under" (Event Records; 2002)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Steve Saluto's "Under" is good solid guitar-based music that simply rocks. Extremely well-written, "Under" moves with the flair and grace of a well-oiled style that was popular in the 80s classic rock era. However, unlike too much of that music, this shit still works.

"Under" is straight forward rock'n'roll with no hidden agenda and that's apparently what Steve Saluto is all about. We've been fortunate to be introduced to some up'n'coming guitar maestros here at, including Michael Søbygge and Michael Hartman and now Steve Saluto joins the group.

Saluto use heavy lead riffs, but also utilizes excellent chord rock to round off his unique rock'n'roll. Take my word for it, Saluto has put together a totally cool release that will draw you in easily and hold onto you tightly. This shit cooks.

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"A Different Fire" (Level Productions; 2001)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Steve Saluto plays blues-style rock'n'roll with a huge dose of soul. The songs contained on this EP are fine examples of Saluto's amazing talents and breadth of style. 

"She-Cat" starts the CD with a nearly Red Hot Chili Peppers vibe that's impossible to resist. "I'll Be There" is a bluesy, soul-revealing number with a real emotional wallop. Ironically, the title track is the weakest of the bunch. By that, I don't mean that it's a bad track - it isn't. But it's much more of an easy-going tune, almost what you'd expect to hear from a guitar player in an artsy bookstore. The CD closes out with a bizarre version of Deep Purple's classic "Strange Kind of Woman" with a toned-down rhythm and re-worked melody that almost ... almost ...renders it unrecognizable. A very interesting spin.

Throughout, Saluto's guitar playing is impressive. He's one of those guitarists who talks ... or sings ... with his instrument and that playing is the highlight of this CD.

Performing on "A Different Fire" are: Steve Saluto - all guitars, vocals, background vocals; Edu Hebling - bass; Manual Signoretto - drums. Fioriana Fornelli - background vocals. Angela Milanese - background vocals. Giorgio Fre - Hammond B3 and synthesizer. Alex De Rosso - guitar solo on "I'll Be There."

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Rating Guide:

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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