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Michael Vescera Discusses His New Band Vescera, Animetal USA, Yngwie, And His Future Plans

Mісhаеl Vеѕсеrа іѕ а hеаvу mеtаl ѕіngеr fоr vаrіоuѕ bаndѕ аnd рrоjесtѕ lіkе Lоudnеѕѕ (Sоldіеr оf Fоrtunе, On thе Prоwl, Lіvе аt thе Budоkаn), Obѕеѕѕіоn (Mаrѕhаll Lаw, Sсаrrеd fоr Lіfе, Mеthоdѕ оf Mаdnеѕѕ, Cаrnіvаl оf Lіеѕ, Ordеr оf Chаоѕ). Yngwіе Mаlmѕtееn (Thе Sеvеnth Sіgn, Mаgnum Oрuѕ), Dr. Sіn (Dr. Sіn II), Rоlаnd Grароw (Kаlеіdоѕсоре) hіѕ bаnd MVP (Mіkе Vеѕсеrа Prоjесt) and Vescera.

Bеѕіdеѕ bеіng a vосаlіѕt, Vеѕсеrа аlѕо wоrkѕ аѕ a rесоrd рrоduсеr: hіѕ rесеnt соllаbоrаtіоnѕ іnсludе аrtіѕtѕ ѕuсh аѕ Mеtаl Mіkе Chlаѕіаk аnd Bоbbу Jаrzоmbеk (Hаlfоrd, Sеbаѕtіаn Bасh, Fаtеѕ wаrnіng). And thеіr ѕооn tо bе rеlеаѕеd Pаіn Muѕеum аlbum, Jоhn Cоrаbі’ѕ (Mötlеу Crüе, Sсrеаm) Twеntу4Sеvеn CD, Mаgnіtudе Nіnе’ѕ fоrthсоmіng аlbum Dесоdіng thе Sоul, Rеіgn оf Tеrrоr (fеаturіng Jое Stumр). And Kіllіng Mасhіnе (fеаturіng Stеt Hоwlаnd аnd Mіkе Dudа оf W.A.S.P.) – juѕt tо nаmе a fеw. Mісhаеl hаѕ hіѕ ѕtudіо “Thе Tоу Rооm” іn Nаѕhvіllе Tеnnеѕѕее аѕ wеll as a ѕаtеllіtе ѕtudіо “Tоу Rооm Nоrth” іn Mіlfоrd, Cоnnесtісut.

Vеѕсеrа соvеrеd “Gеt a Lіfе” bу Sіаm Shаdе fоr thе 2010 trіbutе аlbum, Sіаm Shаdе Trіbutе. In mіd-2011, whіlе аlѕо соntіnuіng wіth hіѕ bаnd OBSESSION, Mіkе jоіnеd (ANIMETAL USA) (Sоnу Muѕіс), рlауіng hеаvу mеtаl vеrѕіоnѕ оf Jараnеѕе Anіmе thеmе ѕоngѕ. (Fоllоwіng іn thе ѕtерѕ оf thе Jараnеѕе рrоjесt Anіmеtаl.) Thіѕ рrоjесt fеаturеѕ Rudу Sаrzо оn bаѕѕ, Sсоtt Trаvіѕ оn drumѕ (Lаtеr Jоn Dеttе оn Drumѕ), аnd Chrіѕ Imреllіtеrrі оn guіtаr. In 2012, hе соllаbоrаtеd wіth Sоvеrеіgn’ѕ guіtаr рlауеr Sаmіr Mhаmdі реrfоrmіng аll thе vосаlѕ оn thе аlbum Wаrrіng Hеаvеn. Aftеr thrее ѕuссеѕѕful Obѕеѕѕіоn аlbumѕ, Mіkе went оn tо ѕіng fоr thе Jараnеѕе mеtаl bаnd Lоudnеѕѕ rеlеаѕіng thе аlbumѕ “Sоldіеr оf Fоrtunе” аnd “On thе Prоwl.” Aftеr a fеw уеаrѕ wіth thе bаnd, Mіkе rеturnеd tо thе ѕtаtеѕ tо рlау wіth wоrld rеnоwnеd guіtаrіѕt Yngwіе Mаlmѕtееn, арреаrіng оn thе аlbumѕ “Sеvеnth Sіgn” аnd “Mаgnum Oрuѕ.”

In mіd-2016, іn a ѕріn-оff оf thе Anіmеtаl USA рrоjесt, Vеѕсеrа wіth Rudу Sаrzо оn bаѕѕ, Jоhn Brunо (Obѕеѕѕіоn) оn guіtаr, аnd BJ Zаmра (Hоuѕе оf Lоrdѕ) оn drumѕ, rесоrdеd a nеw рrоjесt. Thіѕ рrоjесt D-Mеtаl Stаrѕ “Mеtаl Dіѕnеу” rеlеаѕеd іn Oсtоbеr 2016 bу Wаlt Dіѕnеу Rесоrdѕ іn thе Jараnеѕе mаrkеt. It rеасhеd оn thе Amаzоn Jараn Hаrd Rосk / Mеtаl Bеѕt Sеllеrѕ сhаrt, аnd оn thе Chіldrеn’ѕ Chаrt. Thе аlbum thеn rеlеаѕеd fоr thе US Mаrkеt оn Mаrсh 31, 2017, bу UMG, Unіvеrѕаl Muѕіс Grоuр lаndіng оn thе Bіllbоаrd, іTunеѕ, аnd Amаzоn сhаrtѕ.

In rесеnt уеаrѕ, Mіkе Vеѕсеrа іѕ gаіnіng a rерutаtіоn іn thе buѕіnеѕѕ аѕ being a mаѕtеrful рrоduсеr аnd еngіnееr wоrkіng frоm hіѕ ѕtudіо “Thе Tоу Room” lосаtеd juѕt оutѕіdе оf Nаѕhvіllе TN. Thе ѕtudіо іѕ ѕесоnd tо nоnе utіlіzіng ѕtаtе оf thе аrt ѕоftwаrе аnd tесhnоlоgу tо асhіеvе unrіvаlеd flеxіbіlіtу аnd dіmеnѕіоn оf ѕоund. Mіkе соntіnuеѕ tо wоrk аѕ a рrоduсеr аnd еngіnееr оn a vаrіеtу оf оngоіng рrоjесtѕ. Mіkе hаѕ fеаturеd аѕ thе lеаd vосаlіѕt fоr Jое Stumр’ѕ Rеіgn оf Tеrrоr, Rоlаnd Grароw, Pаlасе оf Blасk, Dr. Sіn, Kіllіng Mасhіnе, Sаfе Hаvеn, hіѕ MVP – Mісhаеl Vеѕсеrа Prоjесt and Vescera.  Hіѕ саrееr аѕ a vосаlіѕt hаѕ bееn nоthіng ѕhоrt оf аmаzіng.  I caught up with Michael to discuss Vescera’s new release on Pure Steel Records.

 

Michael, congrats on the new album.  Your voice is still as powerful as it was 25-30 years ago.  Is there anything you do to keep your vocal chords in shape?  Do you have any pre-show warm up exercises?

MV: Thank you!!  I try to stay in shape, exercise every day; this helps with the vocal stuff. I warm up a bit before singing full on, just a few voice things here and there, but nothing crazy!!

 

I was listening to Beyond the Fight. How did you do the writing for the songs? Was it a band collaboration? Did one person have more input than others?

MV:  Frank(the bassist) wrote the music, and we collaborated on the lyrics. He would send me the idea, and I would do my thing. The outcome seemed to work out well!!

How did you pick your band members? Did you audition them?

MV:  The band is a pre-existing group called the NiteHawks. Frank had been working with these guys for a bit, when we first started speaking about doing this it just seemed the right thing, they were all great players, so we went with it.

If you write both the lyrics and melodies, which do you write first?

MV:  I usually come up with the melody first, just use some mock/improv lyrics on the fly. It makes more sense to me this way!!

Did you have a particular direction in the sound you wanted to attain with this record?

MV:  Not really, just the classic metal thing was what we were going for.  Good songs, melodies, etc.

You tour quite a bit in Europe. Is there any chance we might see you play in the states? I know bands, particularly hard rock/metal bands tour Europe more because they support the genre better than in the states.

MV: I do some shows occasionally in the States with Obsession and some solo stuff here and there, but it’s challenging, there’s just no support of any kind. Although there are a significant number of fans in the States that love this music and love the live shows, it seems that there’s no support from labels, venues, etc.

You were in the AniMetalUSA project with Chris Impellitteri and Rudy Sarzo. How did you enjoy that project?

MV: Animetal USA is great to be part of. Rudy(Sarzo), Chris(Impellitteri), and Jon(Dette) are excellent people and killer musicians, we lots of fun doing this sort of thing!!

You’ve worked with some of the best guitar players out there. Is there one you enjoyed working with the most?

MV: I’ve been very fortunate to work with so many great players, and they’re all killer in their way. Difficult to pick one, but I would have to say Akira(Loudness) impressed me the most, just a fantastic player!!

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

MV: There’s some more touring stuff for me. I’ll be with Senforock in November,   two shows in Turkey, then Europe and the USA. It consists of a conductor called MUSA GÖÇMEN, myself, a band and symphony. We’re speaking about the material now, but this will be a killer show!!

Possible other dates for my solo thing, but not sure now. The “Vescera‘ band is just working on some new material now and hope to have a new release early next year. It looks like we’ll be doing another tour of Europe in April!!

Do you have any comments you’d like to make regarding the remarks that Yngwie has said recently about his former singers?

MV: Funny stuff!!!! I know Jeff, Joe, Tim and even Mats Levin quite well, all great guys and awesome vocalists!! I’ve moved on from the whole Yngwie thing, and just wish everyone the best!!

Follow Vescera @ https://www.facebook.com/VesceraEU/

 

 

 

Exactly Who Is Dean Cascione?

By Andrew Catania

Dean Cascione is an American Neoclassic Shred Guitarist who is an innovative force in today’s shred guitar scene. In a genre overflowing with self-proclaimed speed freaks, Cascione is committed to shattering the shred stereotypes, delivering melodic NeoClassic Metal filled with passion and contrast. Experts have described Dean’s command of the instrument as “A showcase of Neoclassical fretboard pyrotechnics”, “Dangerous with a guitar,” “Vicious, high tech and aggressive,” “Channeled the spirit of Rhoads and the best of Malmsteen,” and “A bright star on the international guitar scene.”

Dean’s debut CD “Guitar Chop Shop” released in 2008, merited Guitar9’s #1 chart ranking in May of that year, and an overall ranking of #2 in their Top Sellers chart for NeoClassical Metal in 2008. In honor of one of Metal’s greatest legends, Dean joined forces with the mighty MANOWAR to record “Magic: A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio.” Straight from the heart, Dean embraced Dio’s legacy with his haunting instrumental interpretation of his Elf classic Nevermore. The tribute album was released worldwide in 2010. “Neoclassical Fire” (2011) conjured a “Blend of fierce fret board assault with sharp, powerful melodic phrasing.” The album merited Guitar9’s #1 chart ranking in sales during July and August of 2011 and held for an active seven weeks in the Top 10 charts for Neoclassical Metal, Shred, and Instrumental Rock genres.

“Shred Crusade” is Dean’s latest chapter of pure NeoClassic Metal (2015). Joining Cascione on this epic adventure rides Kenny Lane Swartz ( Drums), Paul Ranieri (Bass), Rich Kelly (Orchestration) and a cavalry of guitar wielding wizards to include: David “The Shred Demon” Shankle (DSG, Devil Land, Voodoo Gods, MANOWAR) and Joe Stump (Joe Stump Band, Holy Hell, Reign of Terror, Exorcism, Black Knights Castle) Influenced and inspired by decades of metal and classical music, Cascione holds the NeoClassic torch high and proud, as he prepares to deliver another volume of powerful guitar anthems! RIP and SHRED!

Dean Cascione’s fretboard pyrotechnics can also be heard on the Shredlord Joe Stumps (2015 Lion Music) release “Brothers in Shred.”

Dean is rated one of the best shredders across the globe. In fact, many people see Cascione as the eyes of the great legendary, Joe Stump. While Dean struggled to find his own identity and unique style, Joe Stump remains the solution to this curious young lad. Stump stood in the frontline for Dean while he drives into the career of being a guitarist. In a nutshell, Joe remains the ultimate mentor to Dean. Among other great things that Joe helped Cascione on is elaborating guitar vocabulary and expanding creativity. When Dean appeared in the world of entertainment, Grunge remains the rave and shred almost faded away in thin air. However, the only man standing at this period was Lord Joe who kept the hype of neoclassical guitar playing alive. The ability and inner intuition of Stump helped Dean to keep the fire burning in recording, playing and writing.

Dean Cascione Live at the SENE Film and Music Festival Blu Ray / DVD was released 9/2016. Here’s what the experts are saying about his performance:

“I’ve known Dean Cascione for many years now, and it’s great to see his playing composing, and control of the instrument continues to evolve. This new live video captures his playing at it’s the highest level with Dean at the top of his game, killer stuff!!“ -Joe Stump / Solo Artist & Associate Professor – Berklee College of Music, Holy Hell, Black Knights Castle, Stormbringer
 
Dean rips it up in this live performance.  He plays with a ferocity and enthusiasm that is very infectious to watch!” – Dave Reffett / Guitar World, Solo Artist
Dean Cascione is a monster player. Precisely executed picking and sweeping, accompanied with incredible melodies and feel, puts him up with the best of Neoclassical players in the world”- Jimi Bell House Of Lords, Maxx Explosion

 

http://deancascione.com/#PURCHASE_CDs_/_DIGITAL_DOWNLOADS_NOW!

Dean also makes guitars!  Check his website out  http://dccustomguitars.com/

Joe Stump Discusses His New Band Tower Of Babel

By Andrew Catania

Without music, humanity is far much doomed. Music is our channel to express how we feel without having to hit someone or things. We allow music through the words and beats to hit so hard without feeling the pain but by opening up our true selves.  Joe William Stump had a surprise for the world. Music was his cup of tea as he grew up listening to Yngwie Malmsteen. This would significantly affect him as he plucked his first guitar at the age of 10. With the inspiration of Jimi Hendrix, he continued practicing on the guitar and soon joined Berklee College of Music.

Berklee College of Music exposed Joe stump to classical music which in turn made him a composer and influenced his style of play. He fell in love with the bass guitar and guitar. He finally made it to the big screen in 1988 and as we all say the rest is history. He has managed to release major solo projects such as Guitar Dominance, Night of the Living Shred and Supersonic Shred Machine. With these successful projects, Stump has managed to change the perception of a guitar as an instrument. He has been able to make it possible for us to relate with each beat he makes with the guitar. The emotions conveyed are made aware and definite to the audience every time he plays.

Image result for joe stump

Joe has made significant strides in his career as he has appeared in music magazines and publications. Some of the publications he has appeared in include; Guitar Shop, Guitar School, Young Guitar, Guitar World among others. It is every dream for an artist to appear in such publications as they grow their fan base. He has also made performances with rock legends like his childhood music icon Yngwie Malmsteen, Bon Jovi and Tony MacAlpine among others. We can say that he has achieved all that a guitarist and composer can ask for. But yet he keeps on taking it to the next level.

He currently plays for the Raven Lord, Hollyhell, and Exorcism as the first lead guitarist. He has also managed to be signed by more than one music label. The labels are Lion Music and Magic Circle Music.  With this kind of success on your shoulders, I wonder what you would do to give back to those who made you great. As for Joe Stump, he gives back by spotting talent in the young and making sure that they don’t get consumed by the hunger of worldly pressures. This is what a great icon does. To help, teach more and at the same time introduce fresh style into the music world.

Joe Stump has made it big not by sitting and saying that he can do that or that. He worked for it tirelessly for the past 57 years to only remain relevant but also to be the star he is today. His journey through music is a clear example of how hard work, determination, and focus can lead you to a path of success and push away destruction out of your way. Joe Stump career should serve as a teaching to the young and old that dreams and passion should not be abandoned but watered till they mature.  I spoke to Joe about his new band, Tower of Babel.

 

How would you describe the new album both musically and lyrically? 

JS: The music walks the line between old school hard rock and classic European power metal with healthy doses of each heard throughout the record.   As with everything I do it`s a product of the combination of all my influences, in this case, the primary and most obvious one being Ritchie Blackmore and his work with Rainbow and Deep Purple. Anybody familiar with my stuff knows`s both Blackmore, and Yngwie Malmsteen are my two biggest influences and you can, of course, Yngwie `s influence in there as well,  as there`s some tracks on the record reminiscent of the early Rising Force stuff.  I`m also a huge fan of the old Michael Schenker group stuff as well as the first batch of Scorpions records with Uli Jon Roth so that can hear in there as well. I also love Rata Blanca from Argentina and Walter Giardino`s songwriting and guitar work, we come from the same school of playing and share a lot of the same influences.

What was your goal with making this album?

JS: After my last solo /all instrumental record I wanted to make a more band/song oriented record with vocals, don`t get me wrong it`s still very guitar driven. But overall a nice mix of killer guitar work showcased inside the melodic classic hard rock and metal tunes. Also with this record, I was leaning more so in the traditional hard rock direction and less in the metal vein.

Any particular influences towards lyrics or music subject?

JS: Myself and vocalist Csaba Zvekan work and write well together and we`re both massive fans of the classic Dio era Rainbow period. So kind of our modern take on that and the type of partnership that both Dio and Blackmore had about their approach to composing together.  It’s not too deep conceptually going just channeling my influences and combining my guitar work inside very musical and listenable classic hard rock and metal tunes. I wanted it to appeal to my core fanbase who of course buy my records to hear me play guitar but also to fans of classic hard rock and European power metal as well.

How does this differ from previous releases?

JS:  Well my last several records were solo all instrumental versions so as I mentioned previously I felt it was time to do a more band oriented type of thing and I wanted to do something brand new not just a rehash of my previous band Joe Stump`s Reign Of Terror.

What have the new members brought to the band?

 

All excellent players and they all did a killer job on the record. Their approach to the music and execution of their parts on the tracks was spot on. Drummer Mark Cross is a powerhouse and drives the band; Maestro Mistheria added a great old school touch with his playing and keyboard orchestrations and textures that enhance the tracks. Nicola Angileri is a monster bass player, and he does some very cool unison lines with me throughout the record he also has an excellent sense of time and provides a strong foundation. Csaba Zvekan brought to tunes up to another level both melodically and lyrically. His voice is compelling and suits the music perfectly.
Tower of Babel is:

Joe Stump– all guitars

Csaba Zvekan– all lead and backing vocals

Mark Cross – Drums

Maestro Mistheria -keyboards

Nicola Angileri– bass

Official website and social network site:

https://www.facebook.com/JoeShredlordStump

https://www.facebook.com/tobbandt/

http://joestump.com/

 

Shred Legend Joe Stump

By Andrew Catania

Without music, humanity is far much doomed. Music is our channel to express how we feel without having to hit someone or things. We actually allow music through the words and beats to hit so hard without feeling the pain but by opening up our true selves.  Joe William Stump had a surprise for the world. Music was his cup of tea as he grew up listening to Yngwie Malmsteen. This would greatly affect him as he plucked his first guitar at the age of 10. With the inspiration of Jimi Hendrie, he continued practicing on the guitar and soon joined Berklee College of Music.

Berklee College of Music exposed Joe stump to classical music which in turn made him a composer and influenced his style of play. He fell in love with the bass guitar and guitar. He finally made it to the big screen in 1988 and as we all say the rest is history. He has managed to release major solo projects such as Guitar Dominance, Night of the Living Shred and Supersonic Shred Machine. With these successful projects, Stump has managed to change the perception of a guitar as an instrument. He has been able to make it possible for us to relate with each beat he makes with the guitar. The emotions conveyed are made aware and clear to the audience every time he plays.

Image result for joe stump

Joe has made major strides in his career as he has appeared in music magazines and publications. Some of the magazines he has appeared in include; Guitar Shop, Guitar School, Young Guitar, Guitar World among others. It is every dream for an artist to appear in such publications as they grow their fan base. He has also made performances with rock legends like his childhood music icon Yngwie Malmsteen, Bon Jovi and Tony Macalpine among others. We can say that he has achieved all that a guitarist and composer can ask for. But yet he keeps on taking it to the next level.

He currently plays for the Raven Lord, Hollyhell, and Exorcism as the main lead guitarist. He has also managed to be signed by more than one music label. The labels are Lion Music and Magic Circle Music.  With this kind of success on your shoulders, I wonder what you would do to give back to those who made you great. As for Joe Stump, he gives back by spotting talent in the young and making sure that they don’t get consumed by the hunger of worldly pressures. This is what a great icon does. To help, teach more and at the same time introduce fresh style into the music world.

Joe Stump has made it big not by sitting and saying that he can do that or that. He worked for it tirelessly for the past 57 years to only remain relevant but also to be the star he is today. His journey through music is a clear example of how hard work, determination, and focus can lead you to a path of success and push away destruction out of your way. Joe Stump career should serve as a teaching to the young and old that dreams and passion should not be abandoned but watered till they mature.

The Making of Dean Cascione Guitar Playing

By Andrew Catania

Dean Cascione’s guitar playing history is highly remarkable. In the current shred guitar platform, Dean has been able to make a reputable name that counts. The neoclassic guitarist was born in New York and lived his youthful life around the Worcester Massachusetts area. At the age of ten, Dean began to play guitar and grew deep into the practice. At the age of fifteen, the neoclassic guitarist designed his first electric guitar and triumph over time. Steven Cancelli is the main person behind the neoclassical upbringing of Dean. Steven Cancelli, who is a master jazz expert helped to develop baroque music in the life of Cascione.

Dean is rated one of the best shredders across the globe. In fact, many people see Cascione as the eyes of the great legendary, Joe Stump. While Dean struggled to find his own identity and unique style, Joe Stump remains the solution to this curious young lad. Stump stood in the frontline for Dean while he drives into the career of being a guitarist. In a nutshell, Joe remains the ultimate mentor to Dean. Among other great things that Joe helped Cascione on is elaborating guitar vocabulary and expanding creativity. When Dean appeared in the world of entertainment, Grunge remains the rave and shred almost faded away in thin air. However, the only man standing at this period was Lord Joe who kept the hype of neoclassical guitar playing alive. The ability and inner intuition of Stump helped Dean to keep the fire burning in recording, playing and writing.

In 2008, Dean Cascione unleashed his first CD in title Guitar Chop Shop. In the week of releasing the album, the CD ranked number one and eventually moved to the second position overall. Dean is an amazing player when it comes to handling the guitar. Some people call him the hard rock haven in the field of guitar music and instrumentation. In 2008, the expertise of Dean with guitar helped him to be selected as a top candidate for the year’s album. Without any scintilla of doubt, the Blanding performance of Cascione is simply one of the best in decades. In a tribute to Ronnie James Dio, Dean was invited along with MetalForce, HollyHell, Manowar and others to record great music.

Dean’s guitar playing abilities have helped him to break down the wall of shred stereotypes. He often plays the guitar with passion and the aim to become the best in the game. On May 2011, Dean Cascione unleashed a music titled Neoclassical Fire. Dean has also played with Joe and Drummer Paul Wandtke to deliver powerful melodic phrasing. On August 13th and August 6th, Dean’s album on Neoclassical Fire maintained the number one position in the ranking. In subsequent weeks, Dean’s album has also being rated as one of the best-selling product in the instrumental rock category. Many professionals often see Cascione as being dangerous and great with a guitar. Experts also describe his command as jaw-dropping, aggressive, high tech and vicious with a guitar.

If you like shred guitar, you’ll want to pick up Dean’s Blu-Ray DVD titled Shred Sene live.  I’ve watched this DVD and you can see how Dean’s evolved as a player.  Phenomenal performance!

http://deancascione.com/#PURCHASE_CDs_/_DIGITAL_DOWNLOADS_NOW!

 

Top Neoclassical Guitarists

By Andrew Catania

Neoclassical metal is influenced by classical music and heavily dependent upon mastering complex techniques and forms. Over the past few decades, there are a limited number of neoclassical guitarists that have influenced the music industry. Here is a list of the ten best neoclassical guitarists of the modern era.

Yngwie J. Malmsteen

Yngwie J. Malmsteen gained popularity as a neoclassical metal guitarist in 1980. A new force in heavy metal, he released his first solo album called Rising Force in 1984. This was the catalyst to his success as musicians because despite being only the first song published by Malmsteen, Rising Force went on to win the best rock album for Guitar Player Magazine and was nominated for a Grammy. The success was not short – lived but only the beginning of an incredible career. In 2009, Time Magazine rated Yngwie Malmsteen as amongst the ten greatest electric guitar players of all time.

Uli Jon Roth 

Uli Jon Roth is a German musician who was one of the early adopters of the neoclassical style of music in the metal genre. He gained momentum and influence as the lead guitarist for the iconic band Scorpions. He also had a stint at a solo career before joining the Scorpions during which he composed four symphonies and two concertos. This creative time in his career is said to be the defining moment of his legacy as a neoclassical metal guitarist since his work was heavily inspired by advanced compositional elements from European classical music.

Joe Stump 

Joe Stump is an American musician and composer. Apart from having a solo career, he also plays with Exorcism, Raven Lord and the world-famous metal band HolyHell. His musical style is predominantly inspired by Yngwie J. Malmsteen. 

Chris Impellitteri 

Chris Impellitteri is the founder and lead guitarist of his namesake band – Impellitteri. Although his music is not commercially popular, he has a large following amongst innate metal lovers. His neoclassical style of music takes the form of fast shredding guitar techniques, traditional metal screaming vocals and speedy rhythm. This affinity towards shredding has led Guitar World Magazine to name Chris Impellitteri as one of the fastest guitarists of all times, one rank ahead of Yngwie Malmsteen. 

Michael Romeo
Michael Romeo started the progressive metal band Symphony X. His music as a guitarist is neoclassical in style because as a child, he began formal music lessons at the tender age of 10. Guitar World ranked Michael Romeo #91 in their ‘100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of all Time’ list.

 George Lynch

George Lynch has a series of successful platinum albums featuring his excellent skills as a lead guitarist. The albums by the band Dokken resulted in Lynch gaining a reputation for being the closest thing as a guitar hero. He was named the ‘Top 10 Metal Guitarists of all Time’ by Gibson.

Marty Friedman

The band Megadeth requires no introduction to the heavy metal fan. The fact that Marty Friedman was the lead guitarist for Megadeth for almost a full decade is nothing short of a reflection of his extraordinary abilities. Marty came from humble beginnings where he was mostly self-taught, and as news of his music spread through his small town, people would come in flocks to hear him play from neighboring villages. Western and eastern music influences his neoclassical style of music.

Ritchie Blackmore

Ritchie Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter who was also a founding member of the iconic band Deep Purple. The legendary track ‘Smoke on the Water’ is till date considered being a classic and a reflection of Blackmore’s fondness for illuminating classical elements of music into modern rock and metal. His work with Deep Purple led to Blackmore being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2016.


Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads had a wildly successful, yet short-lived career due to his untimely death in a plane crash that also resulted in the passing of the legendary Ozzy Osbourne. During his short time as a heavy metal guitarist, Randy was a significant influence on the neoclassical scene of music and was placed on numerous “Greatest Guitarist” list. His skills were valued so highly that Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot brought him on board to play with them. Today, one can’t help but invoke a sense of “what- if’s” while referring to Randy Rhoads due to the tragic end to his unbelievably talented career. 

 

Tony MacAlpine 

Tony MacAlpine began playing the guitar at the age of 12 and studied classical music as a child. Years of classical influence as a child led to him being recognized as a role model in the neoclassical guitar scene due to his highly advanced shred techniques. He has been described to have the outstanding technical ability when Jason Ankeny from All Music asserted MacAlpine to be a ‘virtuoso.’