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“While some members of the now-defunct Mutiny Within are getting busy with Tommy Vext, singer Chris Clancy — who moved from his native U.K. to freakin’ New Jersey to join the band — now has a new project of his own as well. It’s not quite his project — it’s actually solo guitar instrumentalist Angel Vivaldi’s — but Clancy is one of many of an all-star group of metal vocalists lending their pipes to Vivaldi’s upcoming EP Universal Voices, a re-working of last year’s instrumental-only Universal Language EP. Check out “Sign of Life Insider,” featuring Clancy, below. It sounds pretty much like what you’d expect, which a good thing. It’s really good to hear Clancy’s voice again; that guy is way too talented to stay idle. Vivaldi hasn’t announced a release date for Universal Voices yet, but Chris Barretto [ex-Periphery, ex-Haunted Shores, Ever Forthright], and Tommy Vext are also going to be featured on the EP.”
“Yeah, I know there are a billion solo projects featuring guitarists out there shredding and showing off, but here’s the thing; we only like talking about them if we think they’re worth your time. We wouldn’t push the likes of Sithu Aye, Paul Wardingham, and Piotrek Gruszka on you if we didn’t legitimately enjoy them. Recently, another guitar-oriented solo project came to my attention in a similar vein as the above mentioned, and that is Angel Vivaldi. Angel Vivaldi shreds, but the dude does it tastefully as you can no doubt tell from his above music video for the track ‘A Mercurian Summer,‘ a track off of his new EP Universal Language. He actually writes songs instead of piles of riffs and directionless wank! It’s shocking how many guitarists get this wrong. Unfortunately, Angel doesn’t seem to have a Bandcamp page (Y U NO?!), but his EP can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, and BigCartel. Trust me, this stuff is fantastic. And no, it isn’t djent. ”
“Let me just start by saying Angel Vivaldi is a very talented progressive musician, with some of the most insane guitar work I've heard since Within the Ruins released Invade. Angel Vivaldi has no vocalist - just a bassist, rhythm guitarist, himself, and a drummer. You must come into this review knowing Angel is NOT like every other progressive band or artist out there. With one listen of Universal Language, you understand that he has crafted a mini-masterpiece, and that he takes his song writing very seriously. While the EP is only four songs long (one for each season of the year, which kind of adds to the appeal), every song brings it's own to the table. "A Venutian Spring" starts out with a synth keyboard intro, then leads to some pretty catchy riffing, then into some unmistakable solos. This is only a small showcase of his work. READ MORE AT LINK BELOW”
“Solo-instrumentalist Angel Vivaldi describes his music as “Jeff Loomis meets Animals as Leaders at a gang-bang held at Trivium’s practice spot,” which pretty darn near nails it. I’d elaborate by saying the chops and melody of the first two with the songwriting finesse of the latter. Really good stuff! Stream “A Martian Winter” below:”