The History Begins:
Aldo Giuntini's artistic career began at the start of the 1980's when
he founded Cryin' Earth, a progressive rock group based in Leghorn in
Northern Italy. And the fact that his "progressive" roots
have coloured Giuntini's personal and artistic development is clearly
evident in the innovative sounds of the first "Project" album
"Volume I". Cryin' Earth played their own brand of refined
and complex music that attracted a dedicated and coherent following,
earning the youthful musicians the status of "cult band".
The legendary concert at International Film Studio, attented by some
of the most respected progressive music experts, was the ideal springboard
for a remarkable career (the group was already getting excellent reviews
in the music press).
But the super concert pf 6 June 1984 was to be the last time that Giuntini
played with Cryin' Earth - a decision he had already taken as a necessary
sacrifice to enable him to move into the Heavy Metal scene.
From 1984 to 1987 the italian guitarist concentrated on perfecting his
distinctive sound - a skillful blend of the power of the greatest American
virtuosos and the taste and cerebral approach typical of European players.
Aldo now went on to set up his next band, a workshop combo called Sky
Drivers, but the Savona-born musician soon realised that the only way
to develop his ideas unadulterated was to make his name as a solo artist.
In 1988 the Italian artist met producer Dario Mollo, a talented sound
enginer specialised in Heavy Metal mixing and recording and an accomplished
guitarist in his own right.
The Mollo/Giuntini liason was vital to the creation of Aldo Giuntini's
firs solo album "Project vol.1", started was vital to the
creation of Aldo Giuntini's first solo album, started in June 1988 with
contributions from some of the biggest names on the italian heavy rock
scene. Giuntini spent two years, from 1988, writing and selecting material,
working tirelessly on getting just the right type of sound for the project.
Then in 1990 UK producer Kit Woolven made his appareance after being
favourably impressed with Giuntini's first monitor mix released in the
framework of "the project". The only thing needed now was
a really top-notch English language vocalist to give the music the international
appeal it deserved. But it took two more years and endless auditions
and selections before Charles Bowyer turned up at the start of 1992:
the long wait had finally paid off, and Bowyer came over from London
with his warm-turned voice and impeccable singing technique that blends
perfectly with Giutini's sound.
Meanwhile Giuntini was hard at work developing his ideas and keeping
the pace of his music really fresh and exiting. Project vol.1 was ready
for release in 1993. The title was a natural choice for the first chapter
in Aldo's exploration through the various "galaxies" of heavy
rock. And this style emerges unmistakably after listening to a selection
of the tracks on Volume I. The album shifts from the heady, radio-oriented
sounds of the Power Rock number "Price of Love" through the
epic "When the Dreams has Died" to the Speed Metal "Masquerade"
and the experimental "2099". This last track is a fascinating
experiment in futuristic sounds and lays the groundwork for new inroads
into the heavy rock genre, challenging the frequently-voiced opinion
that this style has already been drained of creative opportunities.