Frank Caruso

Release date: January 13th 2007
Label: Underground Symphony
Provided by: Frank Caruso
Style: Hard Rock/Neo-classical Metal
Rating: 88/100
Artwork rating: 60/100
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: February 11th 2007

A few weeks ago Frank Caruso, guitarist of Italian Progressive Power Metal band Arachnes contacted me and asked me if I was interested in reviewing his solo album “Kaleidoscope”. HELL… YEAH!!! I’m totally into the way Frank Caruso handles his instrument in Arachnes so I was more than thrilled to check out “Kaleidoscope”.

Frank Caruso started to play guitar and piano at the age of 8 and at that age he immediately started to study Classical music. Since then he has released albums with Macid, Firehouse, and of course Arachnes. He has worked with several artists of the Italian scene and as a session-guitarist in various studio recordings. Before Arachnes was born he created music for television… collaborating with some of the greatest Italian television bands.

But let us get back to “Kaleidoscope”, shall we?
We get 13 tracks of first class music; Neo-classical, Hard Rock, and a tad of Blues. The guitar riffs here on “Kaleidoscope” could very well have been written by Ritchie Blackmore himself and so could some of the guitar-solos. Of course other guitarists comes to mind when I’m listening to this album;
Vinnie Moore, Satriani, Malmsteen and Marty Friedman.

What I really like about this album is that it’s not all about a million boring guitar solos but catchy riffs and hooks… peppered with very catchy and memorable guitar solos… what more can you ask for?

Out of the 13 tracks 2 of them are not instrumental. Enzo Caruso, vocalist in Arachnes lend his voice on the last track “Labyrinth” as well as on the Rainbow cover “Kill the King”.

To name any standout tracks is very difficult because I find every single track excellent but if should name a few tracks it will be track number 3 “Metal Force” with its driving and hypnotic riff and more than beautiful melody-line. Or what about “Shadows”? Frank Caruso’s playing is out of this world on that track… at least in my world, because I can’t seem to get it out my head.

Well… I’m also very fond of “Parallel Worlds”, an instrumental version of a track there is to be found on the Arachnes album… “Parallel Worlds”. “Kaleidoscope” comes with a good production done by Frank Caruso and now I hope that some day he will release a follow-up to “Kaleidoscope”.

A new guitar-hero is born!