After a nearly 13 year absence Italian guitarists Walter Cianciusi and Dario Parente have resurrected their Headless project with a new album, Growing Apart. Joining them in this venture is talented veteran rock vocalist Goran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield.
It would not be an overstatement to say that Growing Apart is mostly a guitar driven album. All the songs revolve around Cianciusi and Parente's significant fret skills, as expected. Alternatively, both are very good songwriter so their guitar solos naturally fall in line with the arrangements. And the songs are a good mixture of melodic hard rock and metal, sometimes with some progressive nuances.
Those latter tendencies are found in songs like God of Sorrow and Grief, No Happy Ending, the shorter Be Myself and Sink Deep in a Fairytale (listen below). But that last song is typical of how Headless injects catchy rock groove sensibility into a song. Yet better examples as The Backstabbers Around Us, Nero Fantasies, and the clever and somewhat satirical Calf Love, with it's reference to the Suzanne Somers infomercial for the Thigh Master. Some songs draw a reaction of ambivalence like Primetime and the title cut. The album closes with a nice cover of the Rolling Stones hit As Tears Go By. Overall, Growing Apart is a good effort from Walter Cianciusi and Dario Parente, a definite return to form for these talented guitarists.
Growing Apart is a good effort from Walter Cianciusi and Dario Parente, a definite return to form for these talented guitarists.
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