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Attack of the Neon Shark

Alex Masi

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Album Review

This album earned Masi a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Rock Instrumental Album. That is an interesting nod considering that not the entire album is instrumental. The opening track, "Under Fire," includes vocals by Jeff Scott Soto. Other guests featured on this recording include Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), David Michael Philips(King Kobra), Kuni, and Allan Holdsworth (one of Masi's heroes). There are plenty of albums released by the guitar virtuoso set (Malmsteen, Satriani, and others). One of the things that sets this release apart from the majority of those is the variety of music present. Indeed, Masi contributes cuts ranging across the musical spectrum to cover blues, jazz, and metal. That same variety, though, also tends to lead to a bit of a lack of direction. However, that only hurts the album so much. It should appeal to fans of the guitar-hero type instrumental music, but even those who are not sure about that genre might want to give this a try. It certainly showcases a wide variety of what the genre can have to offer and might make a good introduction to the musical form.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Italian-born Alex Masi began his musical undertakings at the age of eight and was playing in bands by his teens. In 1984 he formed the group Dark Lord in Venice. The group released two EP's before calling it quits. In 1987 he released his first full album, Fire in the Rain, with his new band, Masi. The group's second album, Downtown Dreamers, came out shortly after. By this time Masi had decided to try out his hand and recording as a solo artist. His first album, Attack of the Neon Shark, was released...
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