Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
It is weird that her firs...
Franne Golde - 1980 The N...
Masquerade - 1992 Sudden ...
I look to the sky with a ...
Lame arsed Home Counties...
Filth. Utter, Utter, Utter.
Another fine example of a...
For me Salisbury is their...
Can't believe I never com...
I saw Priest live in 2005...
You must login to post a message.

19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2010 Articles » Mastercastle - 2010 Last Desire
Mastercastle - 2010 Last Desire

ARTIST: Mastercastle
ALBUM: Last Desire
LABEL: Lion Music
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Pier Gonella - guitars * Giorgia Gueglio - vocals * Steve Vawamas - bass * Alessandro Bissa - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Event Horizon * 02 Misr * 03 Wild Spell * 04 Last Desire * 05 Away * 06 Space Trip * 07 Jade Star * 08 Great Heaven's Climb * 09 Cat House * 10 Toxid Radd * 11 La Serenissima * 12 Scarlett


WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/mastercastle

For me, one of the better metal albums from 2009 came from Italian outfit Mastercastle, led by the duo of Labyrinth main-man Pier Gonella and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio. 'The Phoenix' had some great songs, played over a Yngwie Malmsteen like backdrop. Back by popular demand, Mastercastle deliver album number 2, and it's another corker! What can I say? I actually think 'Last Desire' is better than 'The Phoenix'. Certainly from a musical perspective. Gone are the Malmsteen comparisons, so in that sense it appears to be more of a well rounded effort. Thankfully also it's a purists metal album, just because Giorgia is up front doesn't mean this becomes some Dutch/Scandi goth metal affair by default. Mastercastle keep it traditional, with the music being put together by Gionella while Gueglio wrote all the lyrics, based on the theme of 'desire'.

The Songs
'Event Horizon' fires the band up into top gear in next to time, Giorgia's clean soaring vocal stuns from the outset as Pier tugs on a few deft fretboard manouvres of his own. 'Misr' is second up, a heavier affair with multiple vocal parts happening simultaneously. Soundwise it might compare to other female fronted metal outfits doing the circuit, but Mastercastle easily have their own identity. 'Wild Spell' is a hard driving affair, quicker tempo with Pier keeping it tight with some chugging rhythm guitarwork along with the energizer bunny drums. Great track. The title track 'Last Desire' grooves with an exotic feel, and though the solo might have a touch of Malmsteen, it doesn't deviate to neo-classical wank. Pier gets the wah pedal working overtime on 'Away', another slightly different sound with Giorgia sounding great yet again. 'Space Trip' is the first instrumental, and if Tony MacAlpine style guitar overdrive is your thing, then you'll like this. 'Jade Star' floats like a cloud on the aether, not exactly will 'o the wisp, but close enough, it's probably the lightest track on the album. 'Great Heavens Climb' is as majestic as the song title suggests, full, operatic, powerful and no let up with tempo and intensity. Just what you need to climb a mountain! The interestingly titled 'Cat House' is a fantastic little rocker in the vein of Halestorm with its commercial appeal and cool strutting guitar lines. For something a little different, Pier digs into his book of Pagans Mind guitar riffs for the unusual 'Toxie Radd', not sure what it means, but hey, I'll run with it! 'La Serenissima' is the second instrumental and displays Pier's skill, caught somewhere between Neal Schon and Joe Satriani, though others might hear differently. Finishing up the album is 'Scarlett', and follows in the style of the opening track and 'Wild Spell'. I'm loving it, the whole thing is tightly kept together, with some wah-wah guitar lines adding some colour.

In Summary
Before writing this review, I had a look around the Net to see what other people's opinions were. Most were good, some way too technical to take any serious notice of, and a few completely way off base - it's as if they were listening to a different record altogether. I guess that's what opinions are for - everybody's got one. The album sounds so much more cohesive than 'The Phoenix', and though it is a metal album from start to finish, there is a high percentage of elements that are commercial, and therefore makes it appealing for a melodic rock audience. And as for that voice.. it won't be too long before Giorgia Gueglio will become one of the premier female vocalists in heavy metal. You read it here first. From our perspective at GDAZE, it's very easy to recommend 'Last Desire', in fact, it becomes our album of the month for August 2010.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
Tags: Mastercastle 
No Comments have been Posted.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Articles Cloud
Raven - 1985 Stay Hard, Sykes, John - 1997 Loveland, Hagar, Sammy - 2013 Sammy Hagar And Friends, VU - 1999 Just As I Am, Parr, John - 2012 The Mission, Athenaeum - 2002 Hourglass, Killers, The - 2008 Day And Age, O Banion, John - 1981 John O'Banion, Brother Firetribe - 2006 False Metal, Nexx - 2003 Interview with Fran Rodriguez, Illusion - 1986 I Like It Loud, Pseudo Echo - 1988 Race, Triumph - 1983 Never Surrender, Pocketful - 1983 Pocketful (EP), LuBrant, Keith - 2001 Interview with Keith LuBrant
William Lyall Tokyo Blade EP Steelback Trapeze Live Albums Thin Lizzy Khymera Winger Rock Candy Records Hustler Hounds John Hunter Best Of 2014 Nordic Union Matthew J Wizard Masque (USA) Thrust Blue Oyster Cult Zaneta Eva Pete Ancient Band Street Talk Steve Perry Liverpool Echo David Gilmour Wounded Bird Vandenberg Rock Candy Records Michael Morales Lion Aerosmith Desmond Child and Rouge T.T Quick Erika Armory The Movies Qwest
All Tags
Search DDG