Lou DiBello has been a fixture on the stages around Central Illinois since the late 80s. His brand of classic rock and blues-influenced guitar playing and soloing have been an attraction, bringing in scores of music fans and admirers. It’s no surprise to find out that DiBello, an honors graduate of the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, the Mecca for shredders back in the day. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the Illinois music scene knows of DiBello’s talent and reputation as one of the hardest working musicians in the Midwest.
Now, with his fourth solo release ‘Heat Wave’, DiBello is poised to surpass his “local legend” status and rise to an entirely new level of respect; one that’s been a long time coming. ‘Heat Wave’ marks a new chapter for DiBello and features carefully crafted originals which grab the listener and evokes an emotional response. Anthemic in nature, I can’t help but be reminded of the excitement I felt when the New Wave of British Heavy Metal hit the U.S. shores. ‘Heat Wave’ is that good. I’m also reminded, in the very best of ways, of the metal/rock that Mega Force was offering us back in the day; though DiBello’s take is fresh and new. The engaging arrangements and equal parts melodic/searing solos make for a great combination. DiBello has pulled in some heavy hitters for this effort as well. German singer Carsten “Lizard” Schulz, Symphony X’s Mike LePond and legendary guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman lend a hand.
‘Heat Wave’ is a fun album, a rockin’ album and one that could propel its proprietor onto the national stage. For many of us, we’ll gladly let our guy go with a “… I knew him when.”