SOULFLY/ex-ILL NINO guitarist Marc Rizzo will be embarking on a short solo tour in early April ahead of SOULFLY's upcoming West Coast dates with INCITE, MANNTIS and A PERFECT MURDER.
Rizzo is one of the new breed of young guitarists in contemporary bands and has built a substantial following through his years of touring and recording with ILL NINO and SOULFLY. Recently, Rizzo has stepped out with solo projects that reveal a phenomenal command of the guitar. "Colossal Myopia" unveils Rizzo to be a master musician with deep musical roots in metal, classical and flamenco guitar.
"Colossal Myopia" is a mixture of all the music that Rizzo listens to. It's a combination of "metal nuevo flamenco" and jazz. "I don't really listen to one type of music and I think my record showcases that," explains Rizzo. "It's an all-instrumental CD for music lovers that want to enjoy pure music without all the politics and negative lyrical content."
Rizzo's raw energy combined with the talent of a new-generation shred-master is a much needed breath of fresh air to the instrumental rock genre. Rizzo goes on to describe some of the music on his solo CD: "'Colossal Myopia' is a song that I wrote while trying to combine heavy riffing with flamenco buleria rhythms. 'Introspection of an Introvert' is pure shred metal, while the 'Piñata Hits Back' is nuevo flamenco guitar with salsa style percussion. This entire record is a total trip and I'm glad to finally have put a record out that combines all the music I love on one record. 'Colossal Myopia' is really just a look into my CD collection, because I love listening to Paco de Lucia and then metal. These styles were meant to be together."
Marc Rizzo solo dates:
Apr. 05 - Harper's Ferry - Allston, MA (Boston)
Apr. 06 - Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
Apr. 07 - Vincent's Ear - Wallington, NJ
Apr. 08 - Mexicali Blues - Teaneck, NJ
Apr. 13 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Apr. 14 - Tower in-store - Nanuet, NY
Apr. 15 - The Compound - Fitchburg, MA (tentative)