ALTZI – All Eyes On Me (2022)
Rick Altzi has made a name for himself having sung in several bands like At Vance, Masterplan, and Herman Frank – without a doubt one of the best current melodic metal voices. He has now branched out on his own with his band ALTZI and their debut, ‘All Eyes On Me‘.
Those that are looking for heavy and fast melodies similar to his past bands are in for a surprise. The feel for this album is heavily influenced by what’s he’s done with the recent band Gathering Of Kings: timeless melodic hard rock. Fans of that band and the genre are going to eat this album up.
Appropriately titled ”All Eyes On Me”, Altzi presents his own thrilling exploration into the realm of melodic rock, and the 14 selections found within present the artist at the very height of his creative energies. He is helped byt the likes of Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Cher), Matthias IA Eklund (Freak Kitchen), Oliver Hartmann (Avantasia)
If you are a fan of standout vocalists such as Jeff Scott Soto and Johnny Gioeli, ”All Eyes On Me” is destined to rock your very world!
”All Eyes On Me” commences with the inviting Point Of No Return, a glorious free wheeling melodic rocker that is sure to hook the listener with its “you’re the talk of the town, a beauty so sublime” refrains. Then we’re off to the sense of urgency displayed on Crash And Fall, with it’s powerhouse “now we break down the walls” chorus reigning supreme.
Into The Fire is a truly passionate scorcher followed up immediately by the towering Run To You smashing into your senses and setting the imagination in flight. Legacy features Altzi at his most impassioned as he sings “we’re going down, down, down to the heart of the matter” with an explosive amount of passion and persuasion. You Don’t Believe In Love is an absolute standout, a vibrant power ballad that should be all over the worldwide radio airwaves.
There are so many moments of mesmerizing intrigue to be found on All Eyes On Me, with selections such as Strangers In A Real World, Hurting Kind, and Motherless Child demonstrating just how versatile and adventurous Rick Altzi is with his absolutely absorbing vocal performances.
And be sure to stay until the final track of Where Dreams Never Die, grand and hopeful, sending the listener off into a state of pure auditory bliss.
In addition to the exhilarating vocals of Rick Altzi, All Eyes On Me is packed to the rafters with very dynamic musicians and special guest appearances. The main core of Altzi is first rate, featuring the participation of Pete Alpenborg (Arctic Rain, Between Worlds) on guitars and keyboards, Nalle Påhlsson (Therion, Gathering Of Kings, ex-Treat) on bass, and Kevin Kott (Masterplan, At Vance, Herman Frank) on drums.
Guitar solos are enlisted from the some of the finest in the music business, including Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, Per Nilsson of Meshuggah, Olaf Lenk of At Vance, Victor Ohlsson of Gathering of Kings and Saffire, the one and only Magnus Karlsson of Primal Fear, and even Andy LaRocque of King Diamond infamy.
”All Eyes On Me” is an album possessing such a universe appeal, with a massive 14 songs that all types of music fans will want to experience time and again. Congrats to Rick Altzi on a solo endeavor that is nothing short of an all-out triumph!
01 – Point of No Return
02 – Crash and Fall
03 – Into the Fire
04 – Run to You
05 – Legacy
06 – You Don’t Believe in Love
07 – Strangers in The Real World
08 – Desire
09 – Hurting Kind
10 – Tossin’ and Turnin’
11 – Motherless Child
12 – The Wind & The Rain
13 – Final Warning
14 – Where Dreams never Die
Rick Altzi (Masterplan, Gathering Of Kings) – Lead and backing vocals
Pete Alpenborg – Guitars, Keyboards
Nalle Påhlsson – Bass
Kevin Kott – Drums
Ulrick Lönnqvist – Acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Victor Ohlsson – Additional guitars, backing vocals
Teresia Svensson – Backing vocals
Kimberly Kott – Backing vocals
Musicians on the song ”Into the Fire”
Rick Altzi – Vocals
Magnus Berglund – Guitars
Morgan Jensen Guitars
Guest solo guitarists:
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Cher),
Matthias IA Eklund (Freak kitchen)
Per Nilsson (Meshuggah)
Olaf Lenk (AtVance)
Oliver Hartmann (Avantasia)
Morgan Jensen (Swedish Erotica)
Victor Ohlsson (Gathering of Kings, Saffire)
Magnus Karlsson (Freefall)