Simone Fioletta
My Secret Diary
Style: Instrumental Guitar Metal
Release date: July 20th 2007

Simone Fioletta of Italian prog metal band Moonlight Agony fame has a new solo album available; 'My Secret Diary'. This is his second solo album, his first one 'Parallel Worlds' was also released on the Lion Music label back in 2005.

Most instrumental shredder metal albums is all about showing off and showcasing a very high technical level, and most albums do only appeal to aspiring guitarist talents and other guitarist, who wants to see what other shredders are capable off and to be inspired to push the limits further themselves.

Simeone Fioletta doesn't fail to impress as a shredder and rhythm guitarist, and if you are looking for an impressive display of technical skills and licks, picks and leads, then look no further because this album has it all.

It's not entirely instrumental, there are a few voice-overs and it's not all about Simone Fioletta, keyboard player Andrea De Paoli is also displaying his skills and is left enough room to shine on his own. Both are very capable musicians, and it shows, but where's the red line that ties things together, where's the melody line...

I am not a huge fan of this kind of metal, and to be honest I am quickly bored and find it a bit monotone to listen to instrumental albums. There is surely a lot to pick up for other guitarists on this album, but as your average metal fan there really isn't much appealing stuff on this one.

For the entertainment on this disc I'd give it a 25, for the playing and skills I'd go as high as 65 - divided into 2 we come to a total of 45. This is for a very small audience, which is on the lookout for a shredder album, but if that's the case, then I am sure you'll find much joy with this album - surely more than I did!

Label: Lion Music
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: September 29th 2007