Carlo G. Rizzello - guitar & voice
Alessandro S. Rizzello- bass
Paolo Colazzo - drums
ESSENZA was born in 1993, when the young
guitarist Carlo G. Rizzello and his brother Alessandro S. Rizzello, bass-guitar
player, started to play in many rock-clubs and festivals of South Italy. Luca A.
the youngest brother, joined Essenza as drummer and arranger, and enriched the
essenza-sound playing string and keyboards. In this period, their music was an
explosive cocktail of blues, hard-rock, rock and roll, prog-rock with classical
After the release of two demo-cds ("Essenza" and "Algoritmo 60", in 1996 and in
1998 respectively) they increased the heaviness of the sound and elaborated an
original melodic heavy-rock style, inspired to the monsters of international
heavy-metal (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Ac/Dc, Judas Priest, Van Halen...), but
with Italian lyrics.
Kick Promotion Agency signed the band in 2000, and then they recorded two
studio-albums: "Suggestioni" (2000) (containing new recordings of the
songs released in the two demo-cds) and "Contrasto" (2002). In 2004 Luca
left the band and was replaced by the drummer Paolo Colazzo.
In april of 2006, in the occasion of the 13th anniversary of ESSENZA
establishment, the band releases "XIII Anniversary live" and in 2007 the band
promotes and distributes the EP "Dance of liars", containing English lyrics (for
the first time) and the videoclip "deep into your eyes".
In 2009, the indipendent label BIGMUD Records publishes the full-lenght cd "Devil's
Breath" (and the “Devil’s breath” official videoclip), promoted by Red Cat
and Two Side Moon agencies, and distributed by Andromeda Rocks.
Recently (2013), ESSENZA signed for the Italian label SG Records and published
album “Blind Gods and Revolutions” in 2014, that is distributed also
through digital stores. Alex and Carlo are official endorsers of B.C. Rich
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