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Virgil Donati to release new solo album in February

Virgil Donati
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Former Planet X drummer Virgil Donati has announced his new solo album will be released in February.

Ruination will be the Australian multi-instrumentalist's seventh solo venture and will be released through Gildon Music on February 7. Donati is joined on the album by Irwin Thomas (vocals/guitar), Andre Neiri (guitar), Junior Braguinha (bass) and Chris Clarke (drums). There are also guest appearances from Julian Lage (guitar), Steve Hunt (keys), Joe Chindamo (keys), Evan Marien (bass), Marco Sfogli (guitar) and Carl Morner Ringstrom (guitar).

Ruination is described as "an experimental and progressive musical exploration, as tightly controlled as it is dynamic and free, fusing elements of prog, jazz fusion and occasionally tending toward the heavier."

Donati will tour the US in early 2020, followed by Australia with UK and Europe dates being looked at for the latter part of the year.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.