Daniel Gazzoli Project – Night Hunter [2016]

“Night Hunter” is the debut album by Italian melodic hard rock group Daniel Gazzoli Project. This solo project born from the idea of guitarist/songwriter Daniel Gazzoli. Strongly linked to the 80’s sound, Daniel brings forth a Hard Rock debut album with Heavy Metal influences and touches of Blues and Melodic Rock. The project joins Leonardo F. Guillan (lead vocals), already known in the rock scene for a previous live collaboration with Soul Seller, Luca Ferarresi (drums), member of melodic rock band Perfect View, and Luca Zannoni (keyboards).

Any way you look at it “Daniel Gazzoli Project” is melodic hard rock without compromise, the leading instrument -aside of the vocals- is the guitar which brings to front thick-yet harmonious-riffs, bombastic keys, incredible melodic lines and blistering solos effectively stealing the show on most songs on “Night Hunter”.

The album opens with the 80s classic-sounding “Night Hunter” make it clear that the album has every bit the potential of developing into such a melodic hard rock highlights, followed by the rockin’ “Forged By The Pain” with great vocal range and a dynamic chorus. There are a fair number of ballads in “Night Hunter” yet it is probably the heavier material such as “The Beat Of My Heart”. Never forgetting harmonious tunes like the keyboard driven “Heartblame” that also released as a single and probably the best song of the record but also “Don’t Leave Me Alone”.

No doubt “Night Hunter” is a substantial, if not original, melodic album honestly delivering great melodic hard rock tunes and being very successful at that. It sounds fresh and vibrant, definitely leaning towards American melodic rock. Easily most of the song has air-play potential, make it worthly for your collection.

Band Members
Daniel Gazzoli – Guitar, Bass, Synth and Backing Vocals
Leonardo F. Guillan – Lead and Backing Vocals
Luke Ferraresi – Drums
Luca Zannoni – Keyboards
Nicholas Guerzoni – Backing Vocals

Tracks
01. Night Hunter
02. Forged By The Pain
03. Liar
04. Self Destruction Blues
05. Heartblame
06. Run
07. Prayer For An Angel
08. Dont Leave Me Alone
09. The Beat Of My Heart

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