Music that Pushes the Limits

In This LifeThe beyond ridiculously talented drummer Virgil Donati’s new album has seen the light of day. Just shy of two decades since his last album, 1997’s Just Add Water, In This Life is his fourth studio album. With more than a year in development the album was written, produced, and arranged by Donati himself and the end result is complex, atmospheric, and rhythmically driven progressive album.

Being an album by Virgil Donati one can easily anticipate some of the most breathtakingly articulate rhythms with enough energy to fuel a rocket ship and enough force to demolish a building. With musicians of this caliber we’re talking about compositions that change how we look at music.

In This Life

In This Life is a challenging progressive metal work of art filled with dark, moody chords and melodies that give the feeling that you’re floating in space. The guitars lock in tightly with Donati’s drums, and the lead solos range from melodic and spooky to finger bending and mind blowing.  Here we have a compilation of music that pushes the boundaries of human capability, not just in what Donati himself has proven capable of, but also what the league of primed and exemplary musicians that accompany him throughout the album.

The musicians on the album include Marco Sfogli, Alex Argento, Dennis Hamm, Doug Shreeve, Brett Garsed, Irwin Thomas, Alex Machacek, Paul Sherman, Anthony Crawford, Tom Kennedy, Jeff Babko, Rafael Moreira, Simon Hosford, Evan Marien, Artyom Manukyan, and Ruslan Sirota.

And in regards to the featured musicians Donati commented:

“We’ve found our feet in the new millennium… I’m amazed by the virtuosity displayed by so many of the younger players out there now. I’m always on the lookout for new talent, and I take pride in featuring some of them on this recording”

Free Download of Red Air:

You can click here to get a free download of Virgil’s Track, Red Air.

In This Life Track Listing:

01 – Rhythm Zero
02 – Eleven
03 – In This Life
04 – Red Air
05 – Paradise Lost
06 – The Fall of Dreams
07 – Iceland
08 – Trinity
09 – Voice of Reason
10 – The Empire

You can purchase In This Life from Virgil’s web store.

About Virgil Donati

Virgil Donati was, as they say, born with drum sticks in his hands. Born in Melbourne, Australia from a musical family he began playing at the ripe, young age of 2 years and soon after that began performing with his father’s band. By the time he was in his mid-teens he was signed to a major label and by the time he was of legal drinking age in America he saw international fame strike.

Donati’s first solo album Stretch was released in 1995 and a few years later in 1999 joined forces with Derek Sherinian in a collaboration that would turn into the mighty Planet X. Throughout his career, Donati has worked with countless musicians as a band mate, a session musician, and a collaborator, including Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, CAB, Scott Henderson, Steve Walsh, Tribal Tech, Frank Gambale, Tony MacAlpine, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Mark Boals, Michel Polnareff, Dave Stewart, Kiko Loureiro, and plenty more.

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Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.