Michael Angelo Batio – Shred Force 1 and Soul in Sight
Soul In Sight which dropped this week, is MAB’s 13th solo effort. It is a newly recorded collection of great MAB songs (with other writers) that was made primarily to promote his 2016 tour schedule, as well as showcase these songs live. Michael recorded the drums, with the help of long time friend and drum virtuoso Rob Ross. Michael also recorded and played all of the bass guitar tracks, leads, rhythms and keyboards. The vocals were recorded by a singer named Gianna Chillà, who did a very credible job of interpreting Michael’s music. Some of the highlights of Soul In Sight include new versions of the Holland classics “Gotta Run” and “Basics of the Bullet.” Also, a Gary Moore style blues song written by Jim Gillette and Michael titled “You Broke My Heart In Two” plus a great remake of Michael’s metal classic, “Call to Arms.”
Soul In Sight is an all vocal album. The songs are played with incredible intensity. Every song is memorable and well crafted. Michael’s performances are as usual, first rate. The production is modern, crisp, clear and powerful. This album can be summed up in 2 words – great songs!