Riccardo Tonoli’s amazing guitar skills have been a fundamental pillar of the progressive but powerful and thrashy edge often attributed to Tragodia’s trademark sound since 2007. Taking the classic techniques he learned from listening to legends like Yngwie Malmsteen and John Petrucci as a teen and applying his own ever melodic and beautifully restless style, Riccardo has carved his own niche and created an instantly recognizable approach among modern metal guitarists. Riccardo has been active since 1998, playing in a handful of bands, such as Bladhe, D-Vines, Hand of Glory, and collaborated with highly respected bands like To Cast a Shadow (Norway), Gravøl (Norway), Take me Out (Italy) and Dark Horizon (Italy). He currently is the lead guitarist for Tragodia, a position he has held since 2007, heavily contributing to the band’s activity both as an exquisite performer and a versatile and prolific songwriter. After completing the songwriting for his first solo effort in 2014, Riccardo entered the studio to record the instrumental full length ‘City Of Emeralds’, painstakingly produced by well-known sound engineer Daniele Mandelli (Forgotten Tomb, Dark Horizon, Tragodia, among others) at Elfo Studio (Piacenza, IT) and Tanzan Music studio (Lodi, IT).