MARIO ROSSI - Heavy - Reviewed At Metal Digest! Saturday December 4 2021, 9:20 PM
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MARIO ROSSI - Heavy - Reviewed At Metal Digest!

MARIO ROSSI - Heavy - Reviewed At Metal Digest ! Check it out here at this link: https://metal-digest.com/2021/12/02/mario-rossi-band-heavy/

Mention the Blues, and the images that spring to my mind are the hill country of Northern Mississippi, the backwoods of Alabama, and…Brazil? Sure. Why not? The Blues is a highly emotional art form and irretrievably tied to the human psyche, no matter where you are on the map. Mario Rossi fully understands this and pours his soul into every note. 

The Blues can be ultra-complex or two-note simple. Rossi’s style embodies both ends of the spectrum. Gravel voiced in all the right spots and silky smooth in others, his imperfect yet impassioned vocal delivery satisfies through and through. Rossi’s guitar is part Peter Green, a little Joe Bonamassa, and all heart; he has the fire in his belly, and it shows.

‘Heavy’ is densely packed with catchy hooks and groove for days. Guitars are fat and fiery, rhythms are tight and greasy, with enough fat bottom end to make the rockin’ world go round. Not the most imaginative lyrics, but the emotion is all there, front and center. To quote a local radio station, “this is Blues you can use.”

From straight-up Blues rockers (“Nemesis”) to slow burners (“That Letter”), he covers ample ground, but clocking in at only 34ish minutes, it leaves me wanting just a bit more. Then again, that is one of the first rules, isn’t it?


The standout track is “Acid/Chemistry,” an (unintentional?) grimy bastardized offspring of several Led Zeppelin riffs. Blues Rock personified, this song will stop many listeners in their tracks. It is clearly influenced by other greats, yet it makes its own nooks and crannies and settles in wherever it damn well pleases. Killer tune! Killer album. Second helping, please. - Metal Digest

Release Date: October 8, 2021

FFO: Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin

Mario Rossi is a Brazilian guitarist and singer based on São Bernardo do Campo (São Paulo State/Brazil). He has been moving forward in music since 2004, when he was 18 years old and made his live debut. Nowadays, as a confident player, he treats riffs, licks and melodies with respect and wisdom. He knows where he wants to go!

The guitarist/singer started his journey improving his skills as a cover artist. Classic songs like ‘Key to the Highway’ or Guitar Slim’s ‘The Things That I Used to Do’ were some of the gems in his concerts. In addition, he played Elmore James, B.B. King, Peter Green, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, and also Ray Charles’s ‘Come Back Baby’ or Peter Green’s ‘Fallin’ Apart’. Mario Rossi had two unique experiences: in 2013 and then 2015, he joined the band that accompanied the American bluesman John Primer in Brazil. They played in cities in the South and Southeast of the country, including a live performance on The Noite com Danilo Gentili TV show, screened by the channel SBT – one of the biggest TV channels in Brazil. The final balance of all of that brought a permanent framework.

In the USA, Mario Rossi toured in recent years. He jammed with NY Blues Hall of Fame members, and played guitar live at the Red Lion Club (Greenwich Village) with a bunch of good ones: David Bennett Cohen (keyboards, Country Joe & The Fish), Arthur Nielson (guitar, Cyndi Lauper/Shemekia Copeland), Sonny Hudson (harmonica), and Mike Muller (bass, Albert King, Luther Allison, The Pretenders and The Ramones).

On November 1st, 2019, the Brazilian guitarist and singer released the first studio album of his own band, Mario Rossi Band. 'Electric Art' is a nice Rock and Blues piece of work. It has 8 new original tracks, with a beautiful vintage guitar tone. The album takes us to golden ages of music (something that’s not seen too much nowadays).

Less than one year later, on September 18th, 2020, Mario Rossi Band released a new studio album, 'The Same Old Street'. It’s an intense 10-track journey through Classic and Blues Rock. The songs are all original ones and give us a good taste of his arsenal of riffs and licks inspired by some of the great rockers from the 60’s and the 70’s. The record is a natural step from 'Electric Art', and shows that definitely Brazil isn’t only the Bossa Nova and Samba land.

In 2020, The Same Old Street album had several downloads in Europe and North America, as well as a good repercussion in the media. Magazines like Powerplay Magazine (UK) and Rock Hard (Italy) published great reviews and ratings.

Some of the songs of this album were played on the main Rock radio stations in London (England) and Rome (Italy). Blues and Rock radio stations in the US, Argentina, Canary Islands, France and Russia also played tracks from The Same Old Street.

Taking advantage of the great moment, Mario Rossi enters the studio again and records what became the Heavy album.

Check out these videos!

Heavy (2021)
1. Nemesis
2. Midnight Woman
3. I Could Be Good For You Now
4. When the Summer Ends
5. Raw 'n' Rough Boogie
6. That Letter
7. Acid/Chemistry 

The CD version of Heavy is available only by the website: www.mariorossiband.com

Check them out on Spotify and add them to your playlists!

Follow the band at these links:

https://www.facebook.com/mariorossiband/

https://www.instagram.com/mrbluesrock/

https://www.youtube.com/c/MarioRossiBand

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3SvGL8B0ltyBJQvlBNbE9N

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