With "Phantom Sounds" AMORIELLO has thrown out its best release so far Anyone who knows the first releases of AMORIELLO will immediately feel at home on "Phantom Sounds". 80s BLACK SABBATH and DIO are still recognizable, many nods towards RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE, also through the keyboards of Anthony Stahl and Ariel Perchuk (KENZINER, LILIUMDUST). Which sound much more embedded here and do not serve as filler sounds, often inviting you to listen more closely. The rhythm section lays a fitting foundation for the host's guitar work. Thomas AMORIELLO's love for MALMSTEEN gives way to a broader field of Swedish hard'n'heavy bands, whereby his hero of course still resonates through from time to time.
As a guitarist, it is easy to see who Thomas had in mind when developing his guitar work. Without falling into flat quotations from the role models, it always sounds like AMORIELLO. Together with strong, suitable voices and great musicians, he has, you can chisel that in stone, thrown out his best release so far. Thomas gave it a powerful, timeless sound together with co-producer Carlos Alvarez. The album was mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studio (Montpellier, France).
"Phantom Sounds" should please every friend of traditional Metal/Hard Rock who pays attention to the bands mentioned. It would be nice for Thomas to be able to make a name for himself with AMORIELLO on the new album. - Frank Hellweg, Vampster
4.8 out of 5
"Guitarist extraordinaire Thomas Amoriello has released his second full-length opus, Phantom Sounds, the follow up to his self-titled debut in 2018. Amoriello again operates in the neoclassical arena of traditional heavy metal and shred guitar, with hints of progressive in the mix. Themes of songs are mostly medieval, yet occasionally venture into other subject areas. Make no mistake about it, this is righteous heavy metal - played with a fire and attitude.
Phantom Sounds is much stronger than the debut album, and a real tour de force platter of heavy metal, referencing the past but with a nod to the future. Thomas has written some magical songs, and listening to them was a real treat. Phantom Sounds should appeal to fans of classic heavy metal and fans of shred guitar. Do yourself a favor and check it out." - Alex Yarborough, Los Angeles KNAC.com
7.5 out of 10
Thomas Amoriello is a guitarist, producer, and songwriter who under his namesake assembles metal talent from across the globe to execute this latest set of material Phantom Sounds. Under the neoclassical hard rock/metal banner, listeners can expect a comfortable diversity that drives from a solid mechanics perspective first and foremost – eschewing necessarily technical prowess to savor memorable hooks, melodies, and riffs. With Phantom Sounds, Amoriello continues to excel at taking influences from the 70’s and 80’s to put them into a heavy, progressive metal context that is highly engaging for most listeners to digest and enjoy.
7 out of 10
"Phantom Sounds is truly a hidden gem of 2022." - Adam McCann, Power Play Rock and Heavy Metal Magazine, May 2022