Inspired by guitarists as Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, Mirko Filacchioni is an Italian guitarist/songwriter who has just released his EP “In Guitar We Trust”. Born in Rome, Mirko started to play the guitar when he was a child. He spent 2 years in the Rock Guitar Academy in Milan and also attended Steve Vai’s Master Class in Rome.
The particular blend of rock music, oriental and brass instrumentation forged on the EP, “In Guitar We Trust”, comes from his passion for rock and listening to music that is far removed from the genre, including cartoon soundtrack themes such as Naruto and Cowboy BeBop.
There are few words that can even come close to describing how incredible this work is. Mirko Filacchioni is simply brilliant – an absolute musical creative with amazing style and talent that is second to none. Every guitar track on here is tasty and exactly what the song called for.
Lots of guitar players can rip and shred, but few of those know how to pull back and grab your soul. Mirko shows on this EP he can do that as well as anyone. When the percussion sets in on “New Way”, it soon becomes clear that Mirko has created one of the most unique and powerful guitar records to surface from the sludge that is the record industry.
“De-Fate” with its multi-layered arrangement plays out like a sound track to an epic Hollywood movie, and closes with some mind-melting guitar playing. This takes us straight into the oriental sounding anthem, “My Hero”, which proves how versatile and multi-dimensional Mirko Filacchioni’s playing can become.
The grit and crunch of the guitar tones playing against the propulsion of a sprawling brass-driven soundscape is a magnificent piece of workmanship and talent. If music lived, breathed and grew, it would sound like the vibrantly melodic and energy-pumping roar of “Don’t Give Up”.
In less than 3 minutes, the song shows the different sides of Mirko’s music and how he can be hard and heavy, or soft and mellow. I’d venture to say that every song on “In Guitar We Trust” will bring out an emotional response from within the listener.
Hands down one of the best pieces of music by a musician most people have probably never heard of and possibly one of the finest indie instrumental rock-guitar albums of the year so far. The guitar work is phenomenal on this recording of course, but the arrangements with the brass are unbelievable.
To be able to create this haunting, emotional, from-the-depths-of-the-soul music, and then combine that with moments of shredding and sweep picking is a testament to the talent of the man. “In Guitar We Trust” is an absolutely astounding EP and a compact little musical masterpiece that deserves a larger audience!