Art X

Vocals: Gabriele Bernasconi
Vocals: Zak Stevens
Vocals: Andre Matos
Vocals: Blaze Bayley
Vocals: Amanda Sommerville
Vocals: Roberto Tiranti
Vocals: Tim Aymar
Drum: Giuseppe Orlando
Bass: Steve Di Giorgio
Guitar: Luca Princiotta
Keyboard and Orchestrations: Oliver Palotai

 

 

Art X entstand aus der Idee von Gabriele Bernasconi einen neuen musikalischen Weg einzuschlagen. Inspiriert von der Geschichte von Kain und Abel  komponierte und textete Gabriele im Alleingang seine erste Rock Oper, für deren Umsetzung er Sänger und Musiker aus der ganzen Welt begeistern konnte.

Gabriele Bernasconi wurde 1981 im Italienischen Como geboren. Auf die ersten musikalischen Erfahrungen bei verschiedenen lokalen Bands folgte ein 15jähriges Engagement als Sänger der „Clairvoyants“, mit denen er nicht nur in Italien Erfolge feiern konnte. Bereits während dieser Phase entstanden die ersten Konzepte zu ART X sowie die Idee internationale, befreundete Künstler mit einzubeziehen. Auf diese Weise gelang es Gabriele ein beachtliches Line-Up für „The Redemption Of Cain“ zu gewinnen.

Luca Princiotta, aktueller Gitarrist von “Doro” und Gabrieles langjähriger „Clairvoyants“ Bandkollege. Keyborder Oliver Palotai von “Kamelot”, welcher obendrein einen großen Beitrag hinsichtlich Orchestrierung und Arrangements leistete. Am Bass agiert darüber hinaus niemand geringeres als Steve Di Giorgio von “Testament”. Giuseppe Orlando, langjähriger Drummer der Melodic Death Metal Band „Novembre“ rundet diese eindrucksvolle Besetzung ab.

Auch hinsichtlich der Besetzung der Gesangsrollen gelang es Gabriele diverse renommierte Kollegen zu begeistern.

Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth, Wonder World) in der Rolle Abels, André Matos (Angra, Shaaman) als Gottes Engel, die wunderbare Amanda Sommerville als Lilith sowie der unverwechselbare Zachary Stevens (Savatage, CIIC) als der Hüter von Eden. In der Rolle des Adam zeigt  Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden) eine ebenso beindruckende Leistung wie Tim Aymar (Control Denied, Pharaoh) als Lucifer.   Komplettiert wird das sehens- und hörenswerte  Line-Up durch die beiden Newcomer Lucia Emmanueli (Trewa) als Kains Frau, Selina Lussich als Eva sowie, nicht zuletzt,  Gabriele Bernasconi selbst in der Rolle des Kain.

So entstand ein komplexes Werk mit eingängigen Melodien, herausragenden Chören und voller emotionaler Momente.

 

 

 

Art X comes from a precise idea of Gabriele Bernasconi: creating a new musical entity. Gabriele is the sole author of the concept, and writer of the whole musical and lyrical content. This first record takes the form of a classic rock opera, inspired by the Biblical tale of Cain and Abel. As in all great rock operas, musicians and singers – giving voice to the various characters of the story – come from all over the world.

Let’s take a step back and talk a bit about Gabriele Bernasconi. He was born in Como, Italy in 1981, and during his early teenage years he started playing with local bands.

His longest experience was 15 years as the front-man of Clairvoyants, a classic metal band that became nationally famous producing two records and performing hundreds of gigs in Italy and abroad. Half-way along this path, together with the band’s manager, he decided to give birth to a different musical project, involving international artists that for various reasons came into contact with Clairvoyants during the years.

The idea slowly takes a definite shape, and many guests respond enthusiastically about the project and the concept. The first line-up to be completed is that of the musicians. Luca Princiotta, guitar player of DORO and Gabriele’s band mate in Clairvoyants. On the keyboards Oliver Palotai of Kamelot, whose contribution becomes invaluable during the orchestration and arrangement phase. On bass a giant between heavy metal bass players: Steve DiGiorgio of Testament, whose unmistakable touch and precision resound through all of the songs. Ondrums Giuseppe Orlando, a very talented drummer who played for years in the successful melodic death metal band Novembre.

The cast of singers is completed in the course of the following months: accompanying Gabriele in Cain’s role, we have Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth, WonderWorld) in Abel’s role, André Matos (Angra, Shaaman) as the Angel of God, the wonderful Amanda Sommerville in the role of Lilith, the unmistakable voice of Zachary Stevens (Savatage, CIIC) as the Keeper of Eden, and two male roles that will surprise the listener with their intense pathos: Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden as Adam) and a “monstrous” Tim Aymar (Control Denied, Pharaoh) as Lucifer. There is also room for two newcomers: Lucia Emmanueli (Trewa) as Cain’s wife, and Selina Iussich as Eve.

The Redemption of Cain is a complex work, winking to direct melodies and magnificent choirs, but rich with moments of great emotional and technical intensity.

The artwork was a key part of this work as well; it is an entirely hand-drawn painting by Eliran Kantor (famous for his works with Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom and many others) depicting the strongest and most painful moment of the story: the desperation of Cain right after killing his own brother.

Releases

Art X - The redemption of cain (MV0122), 28.10.2016