MIND ENEMIES – Revenge
The journey through Caruso’s creation is like going through history of heavy rock music, where we find everything from hard rock through classic heavy metal, thrash, death, except for black metal. Giuseppe’s voice may seem over the top, at first, until you realize each phase actually matches the vocals as King Diamond announces the Mercyful Fate of "Satan’s Fall" with Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) rejoicing to see him "Rust in Piece" (The Black Warrior), Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath) and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) croon (in British accent) on top of "Iron Man" (Goya) in "Fear Of the Dark", while Bon Jovi lays you down in the "Bed of Roses" (Angel of Consciousness), Klaus Meine (The Scorpions) steals your heart (in a German accent) in the "Wind of Change", "Crazy World" in "Dream Time" and John Lennon bids you to "Come Together" to "The Abbey Road" for "The Rock Rite". When you listen closely you might recognize Megadeth’s "Peace Sells But Who’s Buying" riff patterns you might take for Annihilator’s (My World), Gregor Macintosch’s (Paradise Lost) gorgeous lead (Goya), the Iron Maiden of Adrian Smith or Dave Murray of Powerslave/Somewhere In Time fame (Angel of Consciousness) you may confuse with Mastodon or catch a doom/death of My Dying Bride on my favorite "Revenge", all of the above examples by no means exhaustive of content. You can take Gene Hoglan’s (ex-Death) in “Goya” or Matthew Archer’s "Embraced" (Paradise Lost/Shades of God) drum patterns (The Rock Rite), Steve Harris’s (Iron Maiden) bass line (The Dark Life) Dave Mustaine’s knack for heart-wrenching melodies (Angel of Consciousness), Bon Jovi Richie Sambora’s (The Dark Life) or even Jimi Hendrix’s solos (My World) for a witness besides mine, "Revenge" is an immaculately skilled, executed and produced record. Why would I, then, find fault? Well, if The Flood is any indication, even God can make miss-takes.
Overall, I am very thankful for Giuseppe Caruso, his Mind Enemies and his "Revenge". All the instruments and production slay with vocals and songwriting in the upper tier. The time spent with his art has been very personally precious to me as he imparted additional therapy on my achey breakey heart (stuck in your head now courtesy of Billy Ray Cirus). I know Giuseppe will continue to amaze us in the age to come. Highly recommended, especially “Wild Existence” and the title track/closer.