This album is dope!!
Solis Rex was formed in New York City by Carlo Tonalezzi on guitars and Aerik Von on vocals.
On bass Solis Rex had a very special guest: Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. Bumblefoot is the current guitar player on the new Guns and Roses Chinese Democracy album.
On drums is Veronica Bellino, who is a very creative, solid timing, hard hitting drummer and can also be heard with the guitar god Jeff Beck and on the Carmine Appice's SLAMM (An Explosive, physical display of Rock and Rhythm led by Rock Drum Icon Carmine Appice.)
The energy that was created in the studio between these four musicians was very powerful and the songs came out sizzling..."We all came from different musical backrounds" Explains Carlo Tonalezzi...I used to play for a Speed Metal band called Cerbero. Cerbero was the first Speed Metal / Heavy Metal band from Brazil and pre-dates Sepultura.
Aerik comes from a Black Sabbath / Alice in Chains background who's voice and lyrics are very aggressive!
Furthermore, Bumblefoot is a musical genius and an unbelievable player. He was nothing short than amazing in the studio...He had called me a couple of days prior to going into the sessions to find out what style of bass playing I wanted for the songs, I told him that knowing his playing I was certain that anything he came up with would be great, but just for the fun of it... I told him that I always wanted someone with the finesse of John Paul Jones, the creativity of Jaco Pastorius and the aggressiveness of Iron Maiden's Steve Harris...! You've got to listen to songs like Apocalyptica to understand what I am talking about...he just came into the studio with the nicest of attitudes, very clever sense of humor and just delivered amazing performances in pretty much single takes.
The songs were produced by Artie Smith. Artie Smith is a studio veteran and drum tech master, who pretty much worked with almost everybody in the music business from Keith Richards to Mars Volta.
The CD was recorded & Mixed by: Jason Corsaro (Robert Palmer, Madonna, Leslie West, Fleetwood Mac) at the Barber Shop Studios and Brian Thorn (Cold Play) at the One East Recording Studios. Mastered by Fred Kevorkian (White Stripes, Iggy Pop, Dave Matthews Band) at the Kevorkian Mastering Studio NYC.