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F.E.A.S.T.

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Genre Hard Rock
City Milan
Country Italy

F.E.A.S.T. is the brain child of Italian born singer and guitarist Fabri Kiareli, who got  infected with the Rock’n’Roll virus at an early age when he heard The Who’s “Pinball Wizard”.  Spending some of his teen years in Mexico his first musical influences came mostly from  the nearby USA. Inspired by the guitar playing of Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads and Ace  Frehley, Fabri teached himself how to play guitar while rocking along to the riffs of his  teenage idols. 

Upon his return to Italy in the mid-80s he started playing in Heavy Rock bands, drawing  his influences from outfits like Dokken, Def Leppard, Ratt and White Lion. After being  around for a while he got to the attention of Pino Scotto, the former lead vocalist of  Vanadium, one of the most successful Rock bands in Italy at that time. With his own  project Pino still had a big following and so Fabri had the fortune to play in front of  larger audiences. 

When the Grunge movement put Fabri’s Rock Star dreams to rest for a while, he started  to explore different musical styles like Funk, Blues Rock and Soul. By that time he also  made his first experiences as a lead vocalist in a cover band. 

Over the course of the years he earned himself a solid reputation as a guitar player and  a background vocalist for studio sessions and for live concerts. Meanwhile he has played  with some well known national artists in Italy like Gianna Nannini, Dolce Nera and  Tricarico and he still continues his work as a “hired gun”. 

When the new millennium dawned, Fabri rediscovered his old love for heavier sounds and  he founded the band Mr. No, playing Rock covers as well as original material. With their  busy touring schedule the band became a staple in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland.  One of his band mates in Mr. No, and now also the drummer for F.E.A.S.T., is Mao  Granata, a seasoned session and touring musician, who has travelled around the world  with Italian superstar Umberto Tozzi (“Gloria”) and who’s credits also include successful  acts like Gianna Nannini and Enrico Ruggeri.

The debut album “Rise” of Fabri Kiareli’s F.E.A.S.T. showcases the musical influences of  its main man, ranging from straight ahead Heavy Rock anthems (“Fire And Dynamite”,  “Feed The Hunger”, “(Ain’t Done) ‘Til It’s Over”) to Classic Rock power ballads (“Broken  Dreams”, “Cold Hearted”) and from fast paced Metal tracks (“Win Or Lose”), to the epic  masterpiece “The Meaning Of Life” and the Melodic Rock hymn “Follow The Way”,  a duet with Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever, Eden’s Curse, Shining Line, Axe,  Glenn Hughes, Bernie Marsden).  While Fabri handled most of the instruments on “Rise” himself, except for the drums, he  has now put together the band line-up of F.E.A.S.T., including Lukino “Luke” Ballabio  (guitar), who also played the guitar solo on “(Ain’t Done) ‘Til It’s Over”, Angelo Perini  (bass) and Mao Granata (drums).

Fast Forward to 2012, two years have passed since F.E.A.S.T. delivered their debut album "Rise". A busy period of time for F.E.A.S.T.'s main song writer, lead vocalist and guitar player Fabri Kiareli, who divided his time between the stage and the recording studio. With F.E.A.S.T. Fabri and his band mates Luke Ballabio (guitar), Angelo Perini (bass) and Mao Granata (drums) played 120 shows in the north of Italy and as a guitar player he was part of two successful heritage acts of the Italian Rock scene, The Trip and UT. 
 
Following the release of "Rise" F.E.A.S.T. hit the road and with their energetic live performance they started to build up a solid fan base in their home country.
 
In addition to being active in the Northern Italian live circuit with F.E.A.S.T. Fabri on guitar and Angelo on bass became involved in the reunion of The Trip, a British / Italian Progressive Rock band that started out in the mid 60s with Richie Blackmore on guitar.
The reunion of The Trip became a very successful venture including the recording of a live CD / DVD and performances at renowed events like the Rome World Prog Exhibition Fest in November 2010 and one year later the Prog Fest in Tokyo, Japan.
Following the activities with The Trip Fabri joined UT, a band paying tribute to the 70s era of the New Trolls, another Italian Prog band. This time he was hired as the lead singer / bass player for selected shows, including another performance in Tokyo in April 2012.
 
In between his live commitments Fabri already started the pre-production of the new F.E.A.S.T. album around September 2011, but it wasn’t until June 2012 before the recordings for the follow-up to “Rise” were completed.
 
The record called “Strong, Wild and Free” picks up where its predecessor left off and it expands the musical horizon of F.E.A.S.T. by adding some more melodic moments. The album proves to be a highly enjoyable blend of the Fabri’s various influences ranging from hard rocking tracks like the opener “Strong, Wild And Free” to the catchy Melodic Rock of “Heart and Soul”, “How Long”, “Gonna Fly”  and “Rock ’n’ Roll Flame”, a future live favourite with a touch of early Giant. Additional variation is delivered with “Tell Me You’re Ready”, a tune cut from the same cloth as a classic MSG or UFO song and the Savatage inspired epic “Children Of Beslan”.

 

 

Albums (2)
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Rise
F.E.A.S.T.
Songs 13 Comments 0
Genre Hard Rock
Strong, Wild & Free
F.E.A.S.T.
Songs 12 Comments 0
Genre Melodic Hard Rock

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