Special Guest – Mark Boals
Mark Boals is an American hard rock/progressive metal singer noted most for his work with Yngwie J. Malmsteen starting in 1985-86 with the album “Trilogy”. Mark did 4 studio albums and a lot of touring and live DVDs with Yngwie over a period of many years, with albums selling several million copies worldwide.
in 2000, Mark has been awarded as the best vocalist in the world according to the japanese magazine Burrn! Mark was born in Youngstown, Ohio, USA.
He is known as a master of the soprano high A (A5) note, which he hits in many songs. This is a difficult note for many singers, and Mark is one of the few to have mastery of it.
After playing with local groups while growing up around Northeastern Ohio, he worked with Kim Simmonds and the band Savoy Brown in 1982-83. Following that he worked with Ted Nugent in 1984, before moving to Los Angeles and meeting up with Yngwie there.
Mark Boals is also the founder and vocalist for the band Ring Of Fire, with whom he has recorded 3 studio albums and 1 Live From Tokyo DVD. This band has consisted of Mark on Vocals, Vitalij Kuprijon Keys, Tony Macalpine and George Bellas on Guitars, Virgil Donati on Drums and Philip Bynoe on bass.
Mark has released 3 solo albums with many famous guests appearing on those, including of course Tony and Virgil.
He has performed tours all over the world and recorded with with Uli Jon Roth of The Scorpions for his latest symphonic rock album, “Under A Dark Sky”
Mark also recorded and toured worldwide with Danish progressive metal band Royal Hunt, for the albums “Paradox 2 “and “X”.
He now has a new band with a new album out called “Seven The Hardway” which members include Mark, Tony MacAlpine, Virgil Donati, Nili Brosh and Andreas Geck.
Born in Milan in 1968, he started with classical studies playing guitar and piano at the age of 8. At the age of 12 he published his first record, a 45 rpm for a melodic rock band called MACID. At the age of 17 he founded FIREHOUSE, a band formed by schoolmates that went on to release a couple of albums, one of which was entitled (LABYRINTH) and was distributed all over Europe. As an acclaimed guitarist he collaborated with several Italian artists during the 80 ‘s and early 90 ‘s and thus began his session man activity in various recording studios. He worked with Franco Battiato in addition to other major musical productions belonging to the Italian music scene. In 1992, after graduating in Sacred music, he opened his own recording studio where he began the realization of soundtracks and music for television use and he also worked with the major tv and radio stations (RAI – Mediaset – Radio 101 – Rock FM).
In 1994 he started a genuine collaboration with the Mediaset Group for which he realized a series of commercials and some important jingles. Since he was tired of producing music for other artists and of the activity of session man, in 1996 he decided to devote himself to a new project, and in 1997 , from the ashes of FIREHOUSE, his new project ARACHNES came to light.
In 1998 ARACHNES published “THE GODDESS TEMPLE” , a cd for Lucretia Records and the band attracted international critics attention and appeared in compilations alongside bands like STRATOVARIOUS and ANGRA. In 2000 the collaboration with the label “Underground Symphony” lead ARACHNES towards the release of the 4 track cd “METAMORPHOSIS”, which undoubtably marked the change in style of the band which had became Power /Prog/Symphonic. Between 2001-2003the Band worked with Scarlet Records and worked on a fabulous triad of worldwide distributed albums which attracted audience and with great success of audience and international fame.
- 2001 PARALLEL WORLDS was released and distributed in Europe and South America
- 2002 APOCALYPSE opened the doors to the Japanese market
- 2003 PRIMARY FEAR confirmed and strengthened the presence of the band in Europe and Japan.
At the same time Frank continued with musical production for television broadcast and in 2005 he finished recording “IN PRAISE OF SCIENCE” which was published in 2006 due to label choices.
In 2006, after months of negotiations with various labels, Frank decided to repeat his collaboration with Undergound Symphony and he started working on his solo project “KALEIDOSCOPE”, an album that Frank himself describes as: ” the expression of pure guitar fun with no supposed commercial aims and differning from the market trends, a joyful succession of notes just for music’s sake”. This “purely artistic”choice leads the production towards the distribution via internet and also involved the great publisher GUITAR9.Therefore Frank Caruso’s solo-cd was also distributed in America.
Between 2006 and 2007 he realized a new package of 20 blues-style songs for television use and from January 2007 he devoted himself to the fantastic new project called DARKLIGHT that also included a feminine entry. Since November 2007 Frank has been drafting articles concerning digital recordings with the important magazine COMPUTER MUSIC & PROJECT STUDIO.
In 2008 he began a new guitar project called STRINGS 24 and the following year he released his first self-titled album (STRING 24) for the well-known label “Lion Music”. “SPEAK” his second cd was released by Videoradio Editionsin 2011.
He also published “A NEW DAY” in 2011. which marks the new chapter by historic band Arachnes,and is available in digital download only from Lion Music and distributed in a special edition version by Globalsoundnet.com
At the same time of the release of ARACHNES new album, Frank gets in touch with one of his “legends ”or better Mark Boals, Y.J Malsteen’s singer. A great musical understanding sparks between the two and it is Mark who proposes singing a few songs that had actually been written and composed as television soundtracks by Frank who has been involved in this activity plays since the mid-90s.
The result is amazing, a mix of Blues with an American Hard Rock mold and some neoclassical hints in which Boals’ reigns. The first album of the same name THUNDER RISING feat. Mark Boals (Videoradio ed./Self Distribution) which boasts very great feedback from worldwide critics was released in 2013. Mark’s commitments with the Dokken tour in the following year meant that he could only be involved in the following album with his contribution and participation in one song only. The new album by Thunder Rising SOLE FREEDOM, for which Mark Boals sang The Best Things are Free, was released in 2015. The remaining songs were sung by the talented home grown singer Alessio Spini who became the “resident vocalist” in live performances between 2013 and 2015.
VIVALDI METAL PROJECT
2016 marks the beginning of a great new collaboration; Frank is contacted by the accomplished keyboardist Mistheria and asked to collaborate as an arranger for the impressive Vivladi Metal Project, an “all star Band”. Thanks to this new challenge Frank composes the song “The Age of Dream” involving the most important musicians on the world’s rock scene thus putting together a memorable team for the occasion.
Thanks to the collaboration with Vivadi Metal Project Frank is in touch with Rob Rock, a prominent exponent of the ’80s with his legendary band “Impellitteri” and with MARS, the super band which boasts an unforgettable team including T. Macalpine, T. Aldrige, R. Sarzo and Rob Rock himself and which is produced by Sharpnel records.
Thanks to this partnership in 2017 Frank’s great new solo work , Kaleidoscope Il, is published. It is an instrumental album containing just one song sung by Rob Rock and is accompanied by the video: HIGER GROUND
IT’S MY LIFE
At the beginning of 2018 Frank is busy writing new songs for the new layout of some TV channels for which 35 new songs are produced! After this huge production, the new mini EP made up of 4 songs is written together with Mark Boals, It’s my Life.
Born in Legnano – ITALY in 1989, he started studying violin at the age of eight and in 2003 he started playing bass.
In 2005 he joined ARACHNES and recorded two albums: “IN PRAISE OF SCIENCE” (2005, released by Scarlet Records) and “A NEW DAY” (2011, released by Lion Music) with this band.
In 2008 he joined Strings24 and recorded a couple of albums as well: the first one “STRINGS 24” (released in 2009 by Lion Music) and “SPEAK” (released in 2011 by Videoradio Ed./Self Distribution).
In 2010 he and Strings 24 toured Spain doing several gigs and also he began creating a sound library and commercials for TV broadcasts.
He’s been sound engineer for several television productions.
He joined Thunder Rising in 2012
Born in Milan in 1976, at age 11 he received his first guitar as a gift from his grandfather and he began to play along with the first music school courses.
As soon as the instrument soon became a passion for him and he spent the followng three years playing the genre he prefers, Hard Rock, under the leadership of Frank Caruso. After his academic period he continued his studies alone with the help of instructional videos by the most renowned guitar-hero’s of the 80’s and 90’s who most influenced his instrumental growth .
He founded his first band at the age of 15 with some high school friends and after the early years of “apprenticeship” he was sought by various cover bands with whom he has been playing for several years.
In 2001 he joined the AOR band Homerun with which he published two albums distributed worldwide: “Do not Stop”(2007 Self / Avalone) which was appreciated by critics and entered the Top 10 of Aorheaven and “Black World” (2011 Tanzan / fastball Records), An album for which he received accolades from critics comparing him to guitarists such as Zakk Wylde and Nuno Bettencourt.
In 2007 Andy cooperated with the artist Heller for the album “Rock Woman”, He played and arranged guitar parts in the song “Material Girl” by (Madonna) and he also took part in her video clip.
He’s been playing with “Youth Gone Wild”, a Skid Row tribute band since 2012.
Corrado “Nail” Ciceri
Corrado “Nail” Ciceri started out playing trumpet back in 1977.
In 1982 drums took over and he began playing with some minor line-ups until he met Frank Caruso and joined FIREHOUSE in 1986
In 1995 he toured Europe with the band FREESTYLE and after that he played with the Blues-cajun band CHICKEN MAMBO sharing marvellous experiences on TV shows and concerts with outstanding musicians such as Billy Cobham, Fabio Treves, Robin Brown, Zachary Richard and the great singer from Chicago Shay Jones. He worked on the album “Heroes & Friends” featuring Billy Gregory on guitar and Zachary Richard on bandeon and backing vocals.
He founded the hard rock band WINE SPIRIT in 1995 and they recorded 4 albums together:
1999 – DEMO’99 (self-produced)
2001 – BOMBS AWAY (Perris)
2004 – FIRE IN THE HOLE (Audioglobe/Sacred Metal)
2008 – THREE OF A KIND (Cama)
With Wine Spirit he also did two Gods of Metal editions ( 2000 and 2001), one T.I.F edition (2005), one Metal Mèan Festival (Belgium 2006), a couple of commercials (Citroen and Birra Nastro Azzurro) and hundreds of gigs all over Italy and Europe sharing the stage with the greatest metal bands ever (Motorhead, Megadeth, U.D.O., Glenn Hughes, Alvin Lee, Rage, Domine, Judas Priest, Wasp etc).
Fire In The Hole was the track chosen from the Album “Hide and Kill”for the band’s first video in 2005.
Corrado endorses Evans drum heads and UFIP cymbals.
Alessio Spini – Italian Vocal
Alessio Spini was born in Monza on the 20th of September 1987. At the age of 13 he had his first appearance on a stagew ith his first rock band. He began gaining experience on several Milanese stages with different rock and heavy metal bands.
Enzo Caruso – Keyboard
NAME: Enzo Caruso
PLACE: Milan, Italy
PREVIOUS BANDS: Panda, Macid, Magnetic Dream, Firehouse
Classic, rock and jazz music.Stravinskij, Bartok, Bach.John Lord’s and Keith Emerson’s organistic style about keyboards Dave Coverdale e Glenn Hughes about voice.
FIRST RECORD YOU BOUGHT: Burn (Deep Purple)
FIRST CONCERT YOU ATTENDED: Area’s
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU GET YOUR FIRST INSTRUMENT:
Three years old, changing a little car of mine with the accordion of a friend
PLEASE LIST YOUR 10 FAVOURITE ARTISTS AND ALBUMS:
1) Burn (Deep Purple)
2) Led Zeppelin II (Led Zeppelin)
3) The eye of the beholder (Chick Corea)
4) Thick as a brick (Jethro Tull)
5) Fragile (Yes)
6) Arbeit macht frei (Area)
7) Heavy Weather (Weather Report)
8) Trilogy (Emerson Lake & Palmer)
9) A night at the opera (Queen)
PLEASE LIST WORKS YOU PLAYED ON:
Production of theatre soundtracksProduction of Contemporary Themes for Sports, Action and Movement (soundtracks for TV and cine productions), edited by NUOVA FONIT CETRA.Production of advertising spots e TV tracks for Fininvest-
Private classic, then jazz and fusion studiesGreat polistrumentistic practice (bass, guitar, drums).Modern harmony, politonality and dodecaphonyFor the voice all the vocal techniques, above all the classic diaphragmatic one.
PLEASE LIST YOUR OWN FAVOURITE MUSICIANS AND HOW EACH OF THEM INFLUENCED YOUR PERFORMING/ COMPOSING STYLE:
I love the tematic semplicity that develops on a complex harmonic plot: cause of that I prefer Stravinskij than more romantic classic musicians. Surely J.Lord’s and K.Emerson’s organistic style are conclusive on my musical formation; therefore, I’ve always prefered contaminations than pure categories. Classic, jazz and rock music all together influenced my style of composition towards a modal, polimodal and politonal direction. My favourite school about improvisation and use of more complex scales is the Chick Corea’s one, above all in fusion arrangements than in the jazzistic ones. About the voice my principal teachers had been Dave Coverdale and Glenn Hughes: the first one, above all, helped me in understanding how I need to keep a voice as linear as possible in low and high registers; about the second one, I’ve always appreciated the kind of phrasing and the funky component of melodic lines. Finally, about the inspiration source of riff construction, most important names are Whitesnake, Dokken and Black Sabbath.
PLEASE LIST YOUR EQUIPMENT (Including and explaning customizing, effects, accessories, endorsments, etc.):
About digital sounds, I use a Roland keyboard as master, to pilot Roland, Yamaha and Ensoniq expanders; for analogical sounds I use two Korg synthetizers, a poliphonic one and a monophonic one (Ms 10), above all for the solo parts, and a Hammond keyboards, usually with valvolar preamplification to the most satured sounds. For the synthesis of analogical sounds I avail myself of indispensable help of our phonic Luca Martegani: he always have the solution for every kind of problem, and he realized some engines, and a midi analogical synthetizer with three oscillators (Sintetica Musica Machina SMM), that we used also to filter some sounds not necessarily of keyboards.
INFORMATION (personal information: favourite foods, literature, cinema, hobbies, sports, etc.):
Food: involtino primavera (chinese food)
Drink:red wine (Barolo)
Cinema: Woody Allen’s movies
Hobby: reading Donald Duck’s comics
Sports: Jogging, alpine hoking, free climbing and mountain bike.