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Enter By The Twelfth Gate Import
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Stepping out of his usual role as keyboardist/composer for the hugely successful progressive rock band, Symphony X, Michael Pinnella now has the opportunity to showcase his considerable talent in a new and more intimate fashion. Michael accomplishes this via his new solo CD, Enter Through The Twelfth Gate. Unbridled by any formula, Michael rollicks through this CD with reckless abandon. Soaring synthesizer leads, regal grand piano melodies and complex orchestral passages make this CD a keyboard enthusiasts dream-come-true. In a beautiful marriage of rock and classical music, Michaels virtuosity shines on this release which will have direct appeal to the growing Symphony X fan base and to fans of great instrumental music in general.
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The main shortcomings of this album, on the other hand, is the lack of "single leading" musical themes. Each song is made up of many short parts played one after another. It is as if Michael Pinnella is not sure of himself that a single melodic theme may support the whole song (except for Departing for Eternity, which lasts for about one and half minutes), though I believe some of the musical themes in the album are quite interesting, and these themes could have been more developed. Another problem with the album is the combination of the sound of the synthesizers with that of piano. I do not believe that equal contribution from both electronic and acoustic keyboards yields a satisfactory result, but a more heavily synthesized sound with occasional acoustic piano (or vice versa) could have been better.
Still, a good album and a promising solo career start from the keyboardist of the prog metal giants.
Even so, these songs breathe and pulsate with a singularly expansive "X-factor" all their own. This wonderful combination of Classical and Progressive rock elements deserves the widest of Prog audiences. This music sits comfortably next to Patrick Moraz, The Enid (or perhaps even Danny Elfman!?!) much moreso than with anything from the Symphony X discography.
No matter *where* you "file it" in your collecton, if you appreciate piano and keyboard progressive rock genius, pick this one up! You won't be sorry!
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Not what I expected. Thought it was going to be heavier not classical piano.not my cup of tea .Published on July 15, 2014 by Troy
I thought that this album was going to be a hit but is quite lame, Pinella's work in the Symphony X albums is great but he missed the opportunity to create something unique here. Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Kevin Nazario Bartolomei