Founded in 2008 by guitarist Pier Gonella (Necrodeath) and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio, MASTERCASTLE soon became one of the leading forces in the European Power/Neoclassical Metal scene, thanks to an addictive mix of strong riffs, virtuoso guitar solos and captivating female vocals, developed through each of their four, critically acclaimed albums.
After having signed a new deal with Scarlet Records, MASTERCASTLE are currently in the studio to complete the recordings of their fifth, upcoming album ‘Enfer De La Bibliothèque Nationale’, out this fall. This new work, inspired by the different meanings and aspects of “censorship”, has been described by the band as their heaviest effort to date, while still maintaining their trademark sound and with a special mention for the strongest production the band have ever benefited from. A very special guest appearance by Andrea De Paoli (Labyrinth, Vision Divine) is also confirmed.
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Italian metallers MASTERCASTLE return on April 19th with their new album, On Fire, released through Lion Music. The cover art is pictured below:
Home to nine tracks of melodic heavy metal with neo-classical influences, Mastercastle have been honing their trademark sound since their debut The Phoenix (2009) and refining it through Last Desire (2010) and Dangerous Diamonds (2011). Led by the powerful vocals of Giorgia Gueglio, the virtuoso guitar of Pier Gonella and the driven bass lines of Steve Vawamas, On Fire marks the band’s first release with new drummer John Macaluso (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JAMES LaBRIE). Macaluso’s addition has given the band a kick up the proverbial backside taking their unique brand of metal to an even higher plateau.
On the band’s newest member Pier Gonella comments, “John gave us great energy because from the first time he heard our music he was really impressed. He participated in the composing process of On Fire and his vast experience was a great help for the album’s production as well”.
To give fans a taste of the upcoming album, a promotional video has been produced for the track ‘Chains':
The tracklisting to On Fire is as follows:
‘The Final Battle’ (instrumental)
‘Almost A Fantasy’ (instrumental)
MASTERCASTLE guitarist Pier Gonella has posted a solo performance of the instrumental track ‘Space Trip’, taken from the Italian band’s second album Last Desire from 2011. Check it out below:
The band are currently putting the finishing touches to their fourth release – and first to feature new drummer John Macaluso – which will see release in the first half of 2013 on Lion Music.
Gonella recently commeted on adding Macaluso to the line-up:
“It’s fantastic to have John in the band. His playing style has long been admired by all Mastercastle members and to have his signature drum sound driving the new material is something we can’t wait to introduce to our fanbase.”
Spider Rock Promotion has issued the following:
The Prime mover heavy metal band VANEXA is proud to announce the entrance of Pier Gonella as a guitarist. Pier is a very skilled metal guitarist who can already boast a long career, and who still has major projects with Necrodeath and Mastercastle. He joins Roberto Tiranti (vocals) who had the opportunity to share the stage with when Pier entered Labyrinth replacing Olaf Thorsen.
The new Vanexa’s line-up is as follows:
Roberto Tiranti – Vocals
Pier Gonella – Guitars
Artan Selishta – Guitars
Sergio Pagnacco – Bass Guitar
Silvano Bottari – Drums
It’s official: MUSICART PROJECT is born. Directly from MUSICART recording studio and music school, from Rapallo (Italy). It involves members of NECRODEATH and MASTERCASTLE, such as Peso on drums, Pier Gonella on guitars, Giorgia Gueglio on vocals, Steve Vawamas on bass, and Andrea Vulpani on keyboards. Members of both bands, are music teachers inside MUSICART.
The project was born from an idea of Pier and Peso at the end of 2011. The idea was to re-arrange a tribute to famous album “The dark side of the moon” from Pink Floyd, in a more heavy way. So after some rehearsing at MUSICART recording studios, during last summer this idea became a full length album, titled “The black side of the moon”. It will be released later this year by Black Tears. So stay tuned!
Italian power metal band MASTERCASTLE was formed in January 2008 by the guitarist Pier Gonella and the singer Giorgia Gueglio. These two guys had several music projects in the past and they wanted to try something different. No fixed genre was chosen with the emphasis on producing music in a natural way. The result was a natural mix of the virtuoso guitar style of Pier with the individual female voicals of Giorgia Gueglio which work well together. The line-up was completed by the drummer Alessandro Bissa (aka Bix) and the bassist Steve Vawamas. Mastercastle’s latest album, Dangerous Diamonds, came out last year.
Recently MSFinland‘s Sylvi had a chance to interview band’s guitarist Pier Gonella, here’s the conversation..
Hi Pier, I’m Sylvi from MSFinland! Nice to meet you!
1. First of all, congratulations for “Dangerous Diamonds” I read a lots of positive reviews about it. Do you ever read the them?
Hi Sylvi, first of all thank you for this interview. Sure, when I can, I read all the reviews that I find, and it is a delicate moment because I pledge myself very in the album recording and sometimes reading critics is very bad. But I say the truth, I never received exaggerated critics. Then of course there are many elements of subjective tastes which should be respected. Dangerous Diamonds has been reviewed very well everywhere, you can check it with a search in the web, I’m so enthusiastic about this.