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Dario Lorina

Dario Lorina - Dario Lorina - 2013 - Shrapnel Records

OK, hands-up those of you who know who Dario Lorina is? Hmmm? Chances are that you don’t, at least not unless you are a Lizzy Borden fan or possibly a Jani Lane fan (former Warrant lead singer, RIP). Well, if you are reading this I’m telling you to check this record out and, indeed, go see Lizzy Borden live… don’t argue just do it. If you like rock (whatever flavor you care to call your own) there is no way you will regret either, but I’m definitely getting ahead of myself here…Rewind to April, earlier this year when I noticed that Lizzy Borden were playing at The House Of Rock in White Marsh and, although I’d never paid much attention to them, off we went, in fact more because D.K Revelle was debuting his new band, The Beautifully Demolished (TBD) on the same bill than to see Lizzy, to be honest. As it turned out TBD had what I will call a very bad day in the office, but holy smoke, Lizzy Borden nearly blew my socks clean off – they were amazing! Not only were Lizzy Borden amazing as a whole, but the guitar playing of the skinny young dude on stage was mesmerizing. Here’s what I wrote in my review of the show: “Holy hell indeed, this young fellow can play the frets off his guitar. Holding back large gobs of jealously, this ‘kid’ is only 23 and I have to say he has to be one of the best ‘new generation’ guitarists I’ve seen in the past 10 years.” I stand by that statement, but the subject CD of this review here only cements my regard for this young man even more so. For my full live review of Lizzy see here > http://wp.me/p2hj3p-3n A quick history lesson – Dario first came into the spotlight at the tender age of 16. Yes, you read that right, 16 years old, when he was recognized by the late, great Jani Lane (of Warrant fame). In 2009, Dario joined the ranks of Lizzy Borden, and has toured and played around the World, which is pretty damn cool for any 23 year old. I’m skipping a lot of other incidental but pretty interesting stuff here, so if you want the full story check out Dario’s website here >http://www.dariolorina.com/Home.html After seeing Lizzy, I had book-marked Dario as someone to keep an eye on and as soon as I saw the announcement that Shrapnel Records had signed him for a solo record I immediately pre-ordered it. I had little expectation of anything other than a killer record. Read on… If you are a fan of shred-master type guitar-work then you will know that Shrapnel have a history of signing and recording some of the most famous guitarists to rip an arpeggio from a fret-board and include Marty Freidman, Jason Becker, Vinne Moore, Tony MacAlpine and many more; in fact this list reads like a good proportion of my record collection, ha! Now, let’s be honest, a lot of solo guitar records impress on a technical level, but fail the ‘do I want to listen to this two weeks after first hearing it…’ test. In fact, I’d say most fail – of the exceptions to this I’d list Joe Satriani as the one that most readily comes to mind. There are probably others, but I’ve got to be in the right mood before all the widdly-widdly works for me. However, I have to say this record from Dario here, succeeds in the best way! The CD was released on September 10th and it hasn’t worn even one tiny bit thin at all. GREAT SUCCESS! The record opens with a track called “Demon Run” and opens with a barrage of drums, from which the guitar leaps out of the speakers, and while of course technique and skill drip from every plectrum stoke, behind this we have songs. Yes, much more than just a blistering display guitar playing (which is here by the bucket-load if that’s what you want), Dario has a way of making his guitar speak to you, in much the same way a good vocalist conveys emotion beyond the raw words or basic tune, and from this you walk away with more than just the musical notes. I think this is where the Satriani connection comes into play, because I feel that is the same thing he achieves – the first time I heard Surfing With The Alien I wasn’t aware I was listening to a guitar record, it was just a ‘record’ and one that I came back to over and over, and Dario has achieved the same thing here. I won’t run this review as a track-by-track workout, that I will leave as an exercise for the reader, but I cannot avoid mentioning what for me seemed like the riskiest inclusion, a cover of the classic ‘House Of The Rising Sun” (made famous by The Animals, but is really a traditional country song that dates back well into the 1800’s). The version here starts off simple enough, with a clean guitar opening, but around the 49 second mark Dario breaks into a solo that leads into a ripping version of the song. Now somewhere on YouTube I’ve seen Dario play this live and it is just stunning. The interpretation he has brought to a song that basically everyone will know, without turning it into a cheesy parody of itself is a sign of musical genius. Wonderful stuff. Another favorite track of mine is the third track, “My Heroine” which rips it’s way out of the deceptively simple intro to become a hard rocking, riff monster of a song. Now I’ve started picking favorites, I’m in trouble because track 9, “Alive” is another killer. Enough! I said I wouldn’t run a play-by-play review – the bottom line is this – there isn’t a duff track anywhere on the record. One other thing I will mention – the bass playing on the record is handled by Lizzy Borden band-mate, Marten Andersson, who is another stunningly good player – his bass playing here is faultless, and even more so live. Another great musician. Dario Lorina with this record has, in my humble opinion, laid a very strong claim to the title “Guitar Hero of 2013” and will likely be right up there for the foreseeable future. Every time a track from this CD comes on my iTunes it grabs my ear and almost without fail I’ll click it out of shuffle mode and play the entire record start-to-finish and be glad it did. What more can you ask? Highly recommended – 9.5/10 © http://novametalreview.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/dario-lorina-dario-lorina-self-titled-cd-album-review/

It’s hard to contradict the review above. This is a great instrumental guitar album from a cracking player and VHR by A.O.O.F.C. Look out for Dario’s next album. In relatively recent times many “Greatest Guitarist” lists include Hendrix, Clapton, Howe, Holdsworth, etc, and rightly so. However, in the last few years, guitarists like Shaun Baxter, Guthrie Govan, and Dario Lorina are coming to the forefront of guitar music and producing incredible axe work. This is great for music in general. Please support musicians like Dario Lorina. [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 125 Mb]


1. Demon Rum 4:11
2. Pipe Dreams 4:16
3. My Heroine 3:47
4. Villains 4:16
5. Silhouettes 5:04
6. Feels Good 4:04
7. House Of The Rising Sun 5:05
8. Alive 6:46
9. Ambrosia 2:54
10. Words Unspoken 2:55
11. Sacksong 2:59
12. Revolutions 5:18
13. Amor Odium 5:15

All tracks composed by Dario Lorina except Track 6 by Dario Lorina & Ron Mancusco, and Track 7 Trad.


Dario Lorina – Guitar, Bass
Jacky Vincent – Additional Guitar Solos on Track 4
Marten Andersson – Bass
Mark Matthews – Bass on Tracks 3,6,11
Dan Conway – Drums
Chris Frazier – Drums on Tracks 3,6,11


Dario Lorina is a young guitarist who has been making waves in the music industry. At age 16, he was recognized for his passion and what some may call exceptional talent and began touring with multi-platinum songwriter and Warrant front man, the late great Jani Lane. During that time Dario strongly created a reputation and name for himself as a player and gained the respect of many. This has given him the opportunity to play with various notable artists. He has been touring consistently throughout the USA and Europe since 2006. “Dario Lorina, playing it the way it should be played”…Jani Lane (Warrant). In 2006 he was featured in an instructional video entitled “Rock Begins” which was targeted towards a younger audience and taught the basics of rock guitar. He’s received attention from major companies, USA and abroad, such as Marshall Amps, Coffin Case, Crafter USA, Snap Jack Cables, Sfarzo Strings, Voodoo Lab, PikCard and the European guitar company, LAG, who has since invited him to the annual Musikmesse fair in Frankfurt, Germany for the past several years to work with the company on promoting their guitars. Dario was featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Europe's Guitare Xtreme Magazine, and Japan’s Young Guitar Magazine. He’s performed for such charities as Rock Against Diabetes, Earth and Humans, and M.U.S.I.C, (Musicians Unite Supporting Innocent Children). In October of 2008, Dario was asked to join Motorhead for a song at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV. He is also featured in the Music Star Productions All Star DVD (2008) with George Lynch, Bruce Kulick, Jennifer Batten and Darrell Roberts as "Next Generation of Rock Guitar" with Dario Lorina and more. “I think Dario Lorina is one Amazing guitar player! Having known him for many years, he never ceases to amaze me every time we hang out and jam! He blew me away when he played with us in Vegas. A true talent and an amazingly nice guy” ...Phil Campbell (Motorhead). The Las Vegas All Stars (LVAS) is a project Dario was involved with in which featured Jizzy Pearl of Ratt and Love/Hate, Lez Warner of The Cult, and Mike Szuter of Magna Fi, Paul Gilbert Band and Blue Man Group. The band cut four tracks in tribute to ACDC. “He reminds me of a younger Paul Gilbert”…Eric Martin (Mr. Big). Dario also had a brief stint with an original band named KarnevaL which performed at Rocklahoma 2008, Vegas Rocks Magazine's 4th Anniversary Party and Nightmare Before Xmas Bash, and headlined Rock Against Diabetes 2008 along with guitarist Bumblefoot, LA Guns, Magnetico, Y&T and more. "You've got a true shredder's heart and soul"...Lonn Friend. April of 2009 brought Dario to tour with Metal Blade Records recording artists and legendary American heavy metal band, Lizzy Borden, playing festivals such as the German, Keep It True and the American, Rocklahoma. “I just know all the Lizzy Borden fans around the world are going to be blown away when they see him play” ...Lizzy Borden. 2010 began for Dario with performances at the 2010 NAMM Show. Dario toured with Lizzy Borden consistently throughout the USA, Europe, Japan and UK headlining shows and playing festivals such as Rock N America (Oklahoma, OK), Wacken (Germany), Elsrock (Holland), Stockholm Rock Out (Sweden) and Hard Rock Hell (UK). After touring worldwide with Lizzy Borden throughout 2010, the year began with appearances at the 2011 NAMM show and by joining Motorhead on stage for the second time at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV, January 29th, 2011, to accompany Phil, Mikkey, and Lemmy on the Motorhead classic “Killed by Death”. The summer of 2011 brought Dario back on the road with Lizzy Borden and their “Summer of Blood” tour with dates across the U.S.A as well as in Canada. November 2011 brought Dario to Mexico and Europe with Lizzy Borden on their “Death Takes a Holiday” tour headlining shows and playing festivals such as Hell and Heaven in Gudalajara, MX with Megadeth, Christmas Metal Fest in Lichtenfels, Germany with Saxon, Anvil & Lordi, and Hard Rock Hell in Prestatyn, UK with Ace Frehley and Black Stone Cherry. 2012 & 2013 Summer festivals with Lizzy Borden included Hellfest in Clisson, FR | Gods of Metal in Milan, IT | Headbangers Open Air in Hamburg, DE | Kavarna Rock in Bulgaria, and Skogsrojet Festival in Sweden. "Dario performs with a passion and skilled technique that can be compared to early guitar heroes like Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen"...Hard Rock Haven. In October of 2012, Dario created with Michel Lag a signature model LAG guitar. LÂG Guitars, founded in 1980 and headquartered in Bédarieux, France, has created the Dario Lorina signature model guitar aptly titled the "Arkanator." A pure rock guitar, the Arkanator combines two powerful LÂG models, the Arkane, which Dario has toured with for several years, and the Imperator, to create a sound and style all its own. Michel Lâg-Chavarria, founder of LÂG, had this to say: "Dario has been playing LÂG Guitars since 2006 and his signature Arkanator guitar will be manufactured in France and available worldwide in 2013. I am very proud of this!" "Dario is living the dream and is the next guy to kick metal ass not only in Hollywood, but on the national scene." ...Tanya Vece (The Horse Chronicals). In April 2013, Dario signed his first solo record deal with Shrapnel Records, known for recording guitarists of extraordinary ability. The album will be released on September 10th, 2013. “Touring for over a span of seven years since age sixteen, first with late Warrant singer Jani Lane and in more recent years with Lizzy Borden, metal guitar virtuoso Dario Lorina delivers his first solo recording. Growing up listening to guitarists such as Randy Rhoads, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch and Van Halen, Dario’s music harkens back to the glory days of high caliber shred guitar, the genre of which Shrapnel Records was a founding force. Dario Lorina’s debut solo CD reveals a guitarist brimming with extreme musical ability. This guitarist brings more diverse influences into play than the average neo-classical riff monger. While technically proficient like all of the label’s guitar instrumentalists, Dario’s CD isn’t just about shredding. It’s an American guitar instrumental album having more in common with riffs reminiscent of Paul Gilbert, George Lynch and Van Halen than the European influence of guitarists such as Yngwie Malmsteen. Dario’s debut CD is a powerful all-instrumental CD drenched in attitude-filled guitar work, backed by a thundering hard rock rhythm section.” © 2011 www.dariolorina.com http://www.dariolorina.com/Home.html

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