Dario Lorina may not be a household name (yet) for most hard rock and heavy metal listeners. But in the guitar world, he's gotten some recognition and applause from music heavyweights like Motorhead's Phil Campbell, Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and Lizzy Borden. He's been playing with Lizzy Borden for several years now. Earlier, at the young age of 16, he played lead for the late Jani Lane's Band.
Now Lorina releases his first, self-titled, instrumental album via Shrapnel Records. Coming to any album of this type, the fundamental question is can the guy play the guitar with some skill and imagination. The accolades and the fact that Mike Varney wouldn't sign anybody who wasn't freakin' awesome answers that in the affirmative. Lorina will likely remind some listeners of anyone from Randi Rhodes to Eddie Van Helen to Paul Gilbert. He easily slides between traditional rock and metal guitar, sounding more like the latter throughout. The dude can shred with best without mimicking the oft mentioned legends, and you know who I mean.
So, fundamentally, Dario Lorina can play and play well; the compositions are sound; his rhythm section sound. The album is both an exercise in creative self-expression and a guitar clinic for fellow guitar geeks. Favorite cuts: Villains, Revolutions, the lighter Words Unspoken, Amor Odium, and his interesting interpretation of House of the Rising Sun. Recommended.
Dario Lorina: this dude can play guitar.
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