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Matti Alfonzetti will be known to many people as the vocalist for Jagged Edge, an excellent 80's rock act which featured Myke Gray and Dicki Flizar, who would go on to form Skin. Alfonzetti had previously been in the Bam Bam Boys, as well as working with Scott Gorham in Western Front prior to Jagged Edge breaking through, and has continued to record under numerous banners since, releasing albums with acts such as Skin Trade, Boxer, Road To Ruin and issuing solo records. He also has been making a name for himself as a songwriter and producer, contributing to albums by bands such as The Poodles.

'Here Comes The Night' is his third solo album, with Matti handling all the lead vocals, playing bass, some guitar and writing all the material on offer. He is joined by Daniel Flores who weighs in with percussion and keyboard duties and the pair of them mixed the album. The material is good old fashioned melodic rock, with Matti's excellent voice front and centre.

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'Losing You' opens things up with a driving riff, before it drops down a notch for the verse, before exploding into an uplifting chorus. The title track features an emotive vocal from Alfonzetti, who has improved ten fold from his days in Jagged Edge, now boasting a lot more depth and quality, and it's used to full effect on this compelling tune. My personal favourite is the powerful guitar driven 'I'll Wait For You', with some crunching riff work. The chorus is sublime and has a great singalong part which has a hint of De Leppard about it. 'Heartbreaker' reminds me of the classic Whitesnake tune 'Is This Love' in feel and style, and also worthy of mention if the breakneck pace of 'Rock And Roll Heart', a gloriously clichéd 80's style rocker. And I don't use the word cliché negatively, it's impossible not to enjoy this one! There's also a terrific keyboard driven ballad in the form of 'Set Me Free' which give Matti chance to sing in a deeper, more Coverdale-esque style. This also has a Whitesnake vibe and proves Alfonzetti knows how to structure a solid tune.

With some sterling guitar work form guests Marcus Jidell and Emil Fredholm, this is a good, solid melodic rock album with a highly underrated vocalist at the helm. There's plenty on here to like, and fans of Matti would be well advised to check out the feature and review of Red White And Blues in this very issue - a brand new band which sees Matti reunited with Myke Gray. Good stuff!

James Gaden

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Marcio Tex said:

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AOR & Melodic Rock with class!! I love that album!
 
May 30, 2012
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Kadroni said:

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Great review, I love this album - Just one thing - Dicki Fliszar was never in Jagged Edge! It was Myke Gray and Andy Robbins who were in Jagged Edge and went on to form Skin (Dicki was in Skin, Jagged Edge's drummer was Fabio Del Rio)
 
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