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Starborn, Tome I

by The Chronicles of Israfel

Progressive rock metal concept guitar album.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Starborn Part I : Empire of Light
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2. Starborn Part II : Citizen
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3. Starborn Part III : On a Forever Road
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4. Burning Day
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5. The Equinigma
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6. Laudanum
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7. Nation
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8. Born Fighting
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9. Kill Division
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10. New Mood Therapy for a Medicated Babylon
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11. Eugenics
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12. Home to Oblivion
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13. Lacrima Christi
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Album Notes
Dominic Cifarelli is a Canadian guitarist who debuted on the music scene in 2001 with the signing of his first band Pulse Ultra by Velvet Hammer/Atlantic who manages the likes of System of a Down, Deftones, Alice in Chains and various others. Following the signing, Pulse Ultra performed extensively on multiple tours including Ozzfest in Europe and the U.S. as well as supporting spots for American Headcharge, Chevelle and Taproot internationally and in Europe. In 2002 Dominic was featured alongside John Mayer, Derek Trucks & Joe Bonamassa, on the cover of Guitar One magazine - 10 Players You Must Know, solidifying his position as an up-and-coming talent not to be ignored. Recently, he was featured on the cover of Canadian music magazine Muzik Etc, a publication both in print and online. Pulse Ultra has had music chosen by Nintendo for the Need for Speed 2 video game soundtrack and also by the CW's Smallville television series.
Cifarelli cites his biggest influences as: Steve Vai, Prince, Dimebag Darrell, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Seal. Other favorites include Nuno Bettencourt, John Petrucci and bands such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Dream Theater, Pantera, King Crimson, Depeche Mode, Van Halen, System of a Down, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom. "I really enjoy listening to many different styles of music. I love strange, peculiar and original artists who really stand apart from the herd" states Dominic of his varied musical influences.
Cifarelli’s writing credits include a collaboration with Lukas Rossi on the single "Headspin" which is featured on Canadian Platinum Certified album "Rockstar Supernova" starring Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke and Jason Newsted. Additionally some other contributions to note include performances on both Platinum and Gold Certified French artist Zaho's debut album and followup release in France and two guitar solos on a Rush tribute album released by Magna Carta. He was also temporarily enlisted to handle guitar duties for Domenica, American Headcharge, and indie rock artist Mike Nash who is also a well respected Canadian Producer in that genre.
Cifarelli is also a member of Scars on Broadway, featuring Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan of System of a Down. They toured Europe and supported Metallica on select U.S dates and their debut single "They Say" reached #1 on KROQ in Los Angeles and #15 on Billboard. The band's two music videos were also heavily played worldwide. In August 2009, the band minus Daron toured U.S. military bases in Iraq. He returned in summer of 2010 with Franky Perez' solo project.
Other highlights include a featured guest appearance with Cypress Hill and Travis Barker, Dominic was invited to play 2 songs during their live performance for a crowd of 30 000+ attendees.
Dominic relocated to Los Angeles in 2011 and began a longstanding working relationship with Grammy Nominated / Juno Award winning Producer/Mixer Brandon Friesen. He records Guitars, Bass and sometimes Mandolin on many albums which cover a large spectrum of genres from Country to Pop Rock and from Progressive Metal to Electronic Urban music and everything in between.

Cifarelli is currently working on his second solo album and follow-up to his progressive rock concept series entitled The Chronicles of Israfel. “Occasionally a unique talent appears on the radar, causing you to really sit up and take notice” proclaims Essi Berelian of Metal Hammer UK, “This is as much accessible, yet compellingly complex and thrilling, 8/10.” TCOI is based on a story created by Cifarelli which continues to amass an underground cult following.
Cifarelli has been endorsed by numerous companies over the years, including Ibanez guitars, Mesa/Boogie amplifiers and Digitech pedals, he also appeared worldwide in their print and online ads and catalogues.
Current Endorsements include PRS electric guitars, Godin/Simon&Patrick Acoustic and specialty instruments, Dean Markley Strings, DiMarzio pickups, Sandberg Basses, Two Notes Torpedo Digital Load Box, Source Audio & Solid Gold pedals.


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Ryan Macauley

Very, very good.
If you loved Pulse Ultra and are a fan of Prog Metal in general, this is right up your alley. Very very good concept album from ex Pulse Ultra guitarist Dominic Cifarelli. Very solid song writing and awesome riffs dominate this album.

Eric Leezer

This is the album I've been waiting for. Its been to long sence I could listen to a cd on repeat all day everyday.

Henry Vorselman

had to have it
I read somewhere that one of the guys from Pulse Ultra had made a new album. I loved Pulse Ultra so I was curious. After some searching I managed to download it somewhere, which is the best way to get familiar with great music. And what an album it is! I just had to buy it. Great guitarwork, very ambitious project. I really love the way the album kicks off with a couple of instrumental tracks after which the story unfolds.
The only thing I'm not so happy about is the fact that it comes in a dvd case. I feel it looks a bit like a demo in stead of a real album. I've been telling friends about it, CDbaby is going to get more orders from Holland!


Best Album of 2007?
This Album is amazing. 100 % Recomended if you like progressive rock metal concept albums!


Well recommended for fans of Pulse Ultra or progressive/experimental rock. Slick sounding instrumentals, awesome guitarwork and an interesting narrative story underlying the vocal tracks make this a must-have. I've listened to it about a dozen times in the week I got it. Still fresh and still a fun to listen to.


inovate rock
this album is really recommended ,is amazing. 100 % Recomended if you like progressive rock metal concept albums! Cheers.

James Aaron Day

A very inovative and entertaining journey. I likey alot.


Absolutely Amazing!
One of the best albums ever in my opinion. The musicianship is like no other. Dominic Cifarelli is a brilliant guitar player and songwriter. If you are into rock/metal this album is a definite must have!


The most innovative album I've heard in a long time
Yeah, you know, I first got to know this band from illegal downloads and I must say I'm thankful because now I'm the proud owner of such a beautiful album!
TCoI is Dominic Cifarelli's solo project, a guitar player I didn't know until this, to be honest. Starborn, Tome I sounds like nothing I heard before, it's just "it". Dark guitar tunes, awesome keyboard and strings arrangements, a great and catchy bass line that can be heard *always*, not like most guitar albums out there, a very efficient drumming and the vocals are flawless, they don't surprise much but they really do their job.
As its name suggests, it's the first part (of three, as the author said) of the story of Israfel, a tormented boy in his travel to unveil his true self, discovering his "superior inner design". There are songs fully sang, other instrumental and the most impressive thing is Cifarelli brothers work, I mean, the guitar and keyboard are superb, what a magnificient couple, it's clear they've known each other for their entire life.

"The Chronicles of Israfel: Starborn, Tome I" is much more than a progressive rock album, is an epic travel through obscure moods, violence and despair, but with a nice, sweet, addictive taste.

Top 3 best discoveries last year.