No Gravity – Worlds In Collision

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Published on: May 10, 2011

Rock and metal from Italy usually make me laugh. Especially Italian power metal bands are so over the top it becomes genuine kitsch. I’m not the biggest fan of Italian progressive rock and metal either. Let’s see whether guitarist Simone Fiorletta (ex Moonlight Comedy) and his No Gravity project can defy my cynicism with their latest record, entitled Worlds In Collision.

Simone Fiorletta assembled an impressive cast of singers to handle the vocal duties, including Andy Kuntz (VandenPlas), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire) and Mark Basile (DGM). The material on Worlds in Collision is pretty straightforward progressive/power metal with the typical Italian spin to it. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is for the reader the decide, but Simone Fiorletta certainly knows how to knock out a couple of listenable tunes. “Sailing On Sight”, “The Killer”, “Voices From The Past”, “I’m Bleeding” and “Unexpected Gift” are clear examples of that.

My main problem with the album is the lack of overall cohesion and the familiar Italian melodrama, mainly caused by Fabio Lione, Roberto Tiranti and Michele Luppi. Their poor pronouncition of English words give Worlds In Collision an unintended comical edge. The lack of originality is another issue with this album.

Simone Fiorletta also handled the production chores. He did a fine job, although the drum sound is kind of thin at times. It’s mainly a vocal and guitar driven affair.

You’ve got to give Simone credit for doing a competent job in the music and producing department. He knows how to write a decent tune, but it’s just the overall melodramatic vocals that cause a lot of damage to Worlds In Collision. All in all a decent effort, but nothing to write home about.

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