FRANCESCO FARERI – Primal Instinct

FRANCESCO FARERI - Primal Instinct
  • 6.5/10
    FRANCESCO FARERI - Primal Instinct - 6.5/10


Self Released
Release date: October 16, 2021

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10.0:         Cannot be improved! Perfect, instant classic! Essential in any record collection.
9.5 – 9.9:  Fantastic, spectacular and outstanding!
9.0 – 9.4:  Amazing release! It just lacks that little extra spice to make it perfect.
8.5 – 8.9:  Exceptional release! Will likely rank among top ten albums of the year.
8.0 – 8.4:  Great release! It has many different qualities.
7.5 – 7.9:  Above average! It is an enjoyable release.
7.0 – 7.4:  It is not brilliant, but has many strong points.
6.0 – 6.9:  It has its moments, but is not that strong.
5.0 – 5.9:  Slightly above average, does not stand out. Good outweighs bad by just a little.
4.0 – 4.9:  Just below average, bad outweighs good by just a little.
3.0 – 3.9:  Mediocre. There might be a song or a performance that is enjoyable, but that is it.
2.0 – 2.9:  Very weak! There might be a light at the end of the tunnel, too many flaws.
1.0 – 1.9:  This release gives the word “terrible” new meaning.
0.1 – 0.9:  Awful! Avoid at all cost. There is nothing good to say about this release.


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The Backstory

Primal Instinct is the six instrumental album by Italian guitar shredder Francesco Fareri. Fareri also heads up instruction at the Total Guitar Academy.

The Album

“Primal Instinct” prepares you for the background music that appears throughout the album; Hardcore Metal pounding double kick drums and bass. On the guitar side, Fareri only gives you a taste of the fiery licks and solos that lie ahead. With “Triumph” Francesco is joined by Baby Metal and Marty Friedman touring guitarist Takayoshi Ohmura. Together they focus on the melodic side of the guitar. “Black Box” plays out like it could have lyrics written to it.

Japanese virtuoso Syu dukes it out with Francesco on the electrifying “Human Genesys.” The two axmen lean heavy on the Yngwie Malmsteen style arpeggio runs while competing to see who can play the the fastest. Fellow shred guitar instructor Rusty Cooley gets in on the fun with “Damnation Game.” There will clearly be no definitive winner in this chess game.

The Verdict

Primal Instinct is quite the guitar virtuoso masturbatory show. Francesco Fareri is the ruler of his instrument, there’s no doubt about that. There is not a great deal of diversity on Primal Instinct, but there are more fast guitars, thunderous drums, and phrygian dominant scales than you can handle.


  1. Prelude to the Sea
  2. Primal Instinct
  3. Triumph
  4. Mother Nature
  5. Black Box
  6. Human Genesys
  7. Parallax
  8. Damnation Game
  9. Pharaon
  10. Speedy & Dirty
  11. Epilogue Summer End


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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