This 5 song ep is for fans of Savatage, King Diamond, Queensryche, and Crimson Glory.
Amoriello has a roster of special guests that make this album legendary, including current, former, and touring members of Megadeth, King Diamond, Yngwie Malmsteen, and former Shrapnel and Metalblade artists, and many others.
"Dear Dark (Slip Trick Records) Thomas Amoriello releases his new EP on cassette Dear Dark. Amoriello who is an amazing all around musician himself, enlist some of the best fellow musicians in the world on his new EP. The 5 song EP is filled with melodic, heavy, technical, at times dark and doomy and has elements of power metal as well. Of course, Zema’s vocals are amazing and make the songs come alive and make you feel every word and lyric. The riffs are heavy, and the amazing solos make Dear Dark an instant heavy metal classic. Amoriello proves he is a master heavy metal conductor. The music really touches on some of the best eras of heavy metal and has elements of bands such as Savatage, Candlemass and early Queensryche. This is a must have for all heavy metal fans of all ages. - Johnny Grijalva, The Dirty Room
"The eerie carnival music at the start of Magic Wand sets up another absolute banger from Amoriello. Unusual, weird but so damn memorable before it wraps up with a mellow ballad in Milan’s Dream that is incredibly sweet." - Carl "the Dish" Fisher, Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life
"Amoriello has a throwback quality that would have been well-received in the late 80’s. Dear Dark as it stands is a quick hitting traditional heavy metal effort with those haunting keyboard and guitar trick movements that appease the mavens – making for a solid release.
- Matt Coe, dead rhetoric
"AMORIELLO is the studio project of guitarist Thomas Amoriello. Dear Dark is the project’s new EP, and follows in the footsteps of the successful eponymous debut album released in 2018. Again, you will find elements of neoclassical heavy metal and a healthy influence of Yngwie Malmsteen and DEEP PURPLE. The fourth song is probably my favorite among the bunch...The third track I would consider to be the centerpiece of the EP, seeing as it’s the middle track, and possibly the most defining. The instrumental shred feast “Thirty Four Strings of Fury” features guest solos by Ronni LeTekro (TNT), Toby Knapp, Alex Masi (MASI), and Glen Drover (EIDOLON, MEGADETH). Thomas Amoriello provides rhythm guitar and a solo here as well. James Pulli (IMPELLITTERI) plays bass on this song." - Alex Yarborough, Los Angeles KNAC.com