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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, Michael’s 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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The White Room
  2. Edge Of Insanity
  3. Piano Concerto #1 mvt.1
  4. Enter By The 12th Gate
  5. Falling From The Sky
  6. Welcome To My Daydream
  7. Piano Concerto #1 mvt.2
  8. Piano Concerto #1 mvt.3
  9. Live For The Day
  10. Scriabin Etude OP.42 no5
  11. Moracan Lullaby
  12. Departing For Eternity
  13. Cross The Bridge


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • ASIN: B00031R810
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one great cd, but don't buy this expecting the same delivery as Symphony X. Michael Pinnella has already established himself as an incredibly talented keyboard player with his ridiculous displays of chops heard in SyX solos. On this cd, he certainly shows off chops, but it is his incredible compositional and arranging skills that are front and center. The music presented on this cd is a melting pot of styles of music performed on different keyboards and pianos with some drum and bass backing. The production is great and the songs are short and varied enough that the listener stays engaged throughout the presentation. Although it is not metal, one can certainly hear who provides the exquisite and refined textures in Symphony X. After hearing this cd, I hope Symphony X continues to balance the power and raw technical mastery of guitarist Michael Romeo with the grand touch that Pinnella clearly demonstrates on this cd. I would certainly put this cd up with anything that Rudess, Kuprij, or even Wakeman have done.
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This is a pretty decent keyboard-driven album. It has the characteristics of prog rock, or even prog metal; there are many short melodic segments constructed from unconventional chord progression with odd-time signatures, but the absence of heavy guitar-bass&drum dominating rhythm sections prevents this album to be labeled as rock or metal. The general arrangement approach in the album is using a synth-driven lead over piano arpeggios supported by (presumably programmed) bass&drum. There are many instances of eerie/atmospheric melodies, and classical piano pieces supported by moderately arranged orchestral works. After hearing this album, one may appreciate the important contribution of Michael Pinnella to Symphony X more clearly.

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.
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Thoroughly and thoughtfully composed, brimming with intricate counterpoint and teeming with sensitive arrangemetns, file this album under "keyboardist surpasses his full-time band with solo album". This is not a "knock" on Symphony X by any means. Symphony X is undoubtedly one of today's premiere prog-metal bands and their fans will certainly find much to *love* in this album.

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!

Mark Stephens
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There's no denying that Michael Pinnella is a talented keyboard player. But how is he as a primary songwriter? In my opinion, he's not bad. I'm a fan of Japanese RPG soundtracks by composers like Nobuo Uematsu. The music on this album reminds me of that style of music. There isn't anything here that really grabs me, but I quite enjoy it as background music. Definitely some nice atmosphere. Most likely not everyone's wheel of cheese.
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