Lione/Conti - the union of former Rhapsody of Fire vocalist Fabio Lione (Angra) and current Luca Turilli's Rhapsody vocalist Alessandro Conti - released the first single "Ascension" from the self-titled debut album coming January 26, 2018 via Frontiers Music Srl. Pre-orders are available now at this location. Check out the video clip for "Ascension" above.
Alessandro Conti is the voice of the Italian power metal band Trick Or Treat and in 2011 was tapped as the voice of Luca Turilli's Rhapsody ("Ascending to Infinity" and "Prometheus").
Fabio Lione is the original and defining voice of Rhapsody, fronting the band from 1995 until his departure in 2016, having voiced all the band's albums to date, including the classics "Legendary Tales," "Symphony of Enchanted Lands," and "Dawn of Victory." Lione is currently reunited with former Rhapsody members Luca Turilli, Patrice Guers and Alex Holzwarth on the Rhapsody Reunion tour. Fabio is also known for his work with Angra, Kamelot, and another Frontiers' act, Eternal Idol.
Now, for the first time the two voices of the Rhapsody universe, and longtime friends, have joined together for the new project Lione/Conti, continuing the show the same power metal passion that has defined each vocalist's career. Teaming up with DGM guitarist/composer, and producer, Simone Mularoni who composed and produced the album, these songs have a heavier and definitive power metal vibe.
"I think that 'Ascension' is the perfect song to introduce the sound of this new project: great melodies and solo and a catchy refrain. It is the opener of the album, so for the first time people can hear me duet with Fabio. We also recorded a video for this one where we spent a day together with Fabio and Simone with a big green screen. When I saw the final result, I just said "WOW!!!" it's really impressive, I'm sure people will like it," says Conti about the song and video.
The album was written and produced by Simone Mularoni of DGM, who undertook the not easy task create a slightly heavier and more power metal vibe.
"I had a very good time in the studio with Simone Mularoni. We have known each other for years and there is a strong connection between us. So everything was cool, relaxed and fluent. Together we have finalized some vocal melodies and ideas and I think we did a great job in the studio. We spent 2 days together recording and thinking about ideas, and then Alessandro came into the studio to work on his parts. In general we are really happy about the result and the sound of the album," says Lione.
Mularoni adds, "It's been really challenging but also very rewarding writing songs for 2 singers like Fabio and Alessandro. But together we crafted a very inspired and fresh melodic album, with epic moments and also fast/in your face stuff! All the process was smooth and working with these great friends and professionals, it was really a blast"
The track listing is:
3. You're Falling
4. Somebody Else
6. Destruction Show