Impellitteri released the new music video for “Run For Your Life” off their upcoming 11th album Nature Of The Beast, and there is no shortage of killer guitar riffs or solos at break-neck speeds.
“The new music was written with passion and a sincere love for heavy metal,” said Chris Impellitteri in a release. “I think as a band we grow stronger with each new album. Our artistic abilities seem to get better with age, but at the same time we seem to sound even more energetic, crazy, and youthful with this release.”
In the new video, Chris Impellitteri showed off wicked fret work on his Charvel Custom Shop Legacy Bloodsplatter guitar.
“As a guitarist, I challenge myself to conquer my human limitations,” he shared. “I practice for hours each day to improve my technique. I also spend a lot of time customizing my guitars, amps and pedals to achieve this crazy guitar sound. On this new record, my guitar sound is really me trying to create a tone that sounds a bit like a chainsaw blended with a beautiful Stradivarius violin. It is Beauty and the Beast with lots of pick attack! The guitar solos have lots of technical shredding elements, but at the same time they are very melodic and I think fun for everyone to listen to. The riffs are also exciting for me to play as there is a lot of obvious influences that I brought to this new record.”
Nature Of The Beast will be released Oct. 12. In the meantime, enjoy the video below.
With sophomore album Patina slated for November, Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel is giving fans its first sampling of the new tunes with the official music video for rollicking (diff word) lead single “Havana.”
“I chose ‘Havana’ as the first song to be released from the new album for a few reasons,” Lee told Guitar World. “First off, it begins with a lone guitar playing the riff, promoting the idea that this is a guitar-heavy record. The song’s production is about as straightforward and basic as it gets on this album and I wanted it to be apparent that, overall, it’s more of an old school approach, as opposed to its predecessor. And it’s just a cool riff I couldn’t wait to share with anyone interested in what I’m doing!”
In the clip, the band (also featuring drummer Phil Varone, singer Darren James Smith and bassist Anthony Esposito) performs the track live in a dark venue. With a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, Lee rips into a new Charvel model custom-built by Master Builder Chip Ellis. Inspired by the album’s title, the guitar was sandblasted and stained with a patina finish also applied to the copper-plated hardware.
Recorded at Esposito’s Obscenic Arts studio in Dillsburg, Pa., Patina was co-produced by Lee and Esposito and mixed by legendary producer Max Norman. Featuring 10 tracks, the new efforts leans more towards a bluesy hard rock direction as opposed to the band’s heavier debut album.
“The first album was more of a piecemeal production with some of the song ideas being 10 years old and never having more than one player in the room at any time,” said Lee. “I wanted to do this one from scratch with all the songs originating and worked on with everyone in the room, on their instruments. It felt much more organic, like the way I used to do it for the first 20 years of my career — more honest to my roots.”
Lee’s inspirations for the album also spanned quite the gamut.
“My inspirations for Patina are from the artists I loved during my youth,” he said. “Robin Trower, Santana, Black Sabbath, Captain Beyond, Thin Lizzy, Grand Funk Railroad, Dave Bowie … I could go on and on, but let me also say that there are also hints of Sly & the Family Stone, Dick Dale, psychedelia and even some George Benson. Don’t let any of that scare you — it all makes sense!”
Patina will drop Nov. 9. In the meantime, enjoy watching Lee and company below …
If you needed any more proof that instru-metal virtuoso Angel Vivaldi’s playing is not of this planet, look no further than his newest guitar playthrough video for “Synapse.”
“Synapse” is the perfect blend of harmonious atmospheric force Vivaldi is known for. His signature playing is on full display as he glides around on his custom Charvel DK247 at sonic speeds, effortlessly showing off his brisk fretwork.
As the song crests with explosive force, Vivaldi slows the tempo with a smooth tapping technique before screaming out a soaring solo as the song fades.
“Synapse” is the title track of Vivaldi’s fifth album, which you can order here.
Clint Vincent of Australian rock band Dead Letter Circus is a new Charvel artist, and we couldn’t be more amped to have the Aussie on board.
The Brisbane-native provides the beautiful palette of alternative riffs and soaring licks for Dead Letter Circus, and his playing is on full display in new single “The Real You” off their upcoming self-titled fifth album.
Dead Letter Circus made an impact on the Australian charts when their debut album This Is the Warning peaked at No. 2 and was later certified gold. Since then, they have generated three acclaimed albums and toured the world in support of bands such as Muse, Linkin Park, and Judas Priest. Their upcoming eponymous album will be released Sept. 21 via Rise Records and BMG.
Give “The Real You” a listen below, and check here for upcoming tour dates.
We are psyched to announce Neil Swanson as our newest Charvel artist!
“Being a Charvel artist feels like being part of something traditional and classic, but also very fresh, modern and exciting,” said Swanson
The Texas-born and bred guitarist packs a punch of talent on the axe, as proven when he was crowned the winner of Orianthi’s worldwide Talenthouse.com “Be My Band” competition. Steve Vai also recognized him as one of the top 10 guitarists in America and invited him to open his tour after Swanson won Guitar Center’s Steve Vai Sessions contest with a solid cover of Vai’s song “Juice.”
Since then, Swanson has toured the world and shared the stage with some of music’s biggest acts including Vai, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Michelle Branch, and developed a playing style as iconic as his platinum blond hairdo.
Miss May I stands at the summit of modern U.S. metalcore, and Charvel® is proud to honor the formidably fast, aggressive, and melodic fret work of Justin Aufdemkampe with a killer, all-new model bearing his name.
“I am very excited to have a signature model guitar that was developed with the guitar player in mind,” said Aufdemkampe. “To me, being a musician, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
“Originally, I had been switching around to other guitar companies, trying to find the best fit for myself,” he continued. “A buddy of mine convinced me to play a pair of Charvel guitars on Warped Tour a while back, and I was hooked.”
The Limited Edition Justin Aufdemkampe Signature Pro-Mod SD24 model features a classic San Dimas body fashioned from mahogany that is finished in a slick Trans Red with chrome hardware. The two-piece bolt-on caramelized maple “speed” neck has graphite reinforcement and silky-smooth hand-rubbed urethane finish. Its 12”-16” compound radius caramelized maple fingerboard features comfortable rolled edges, 24 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays, allowing you to slide around and scream out solos with optimum ease.
Ferocious tone bites from a special HS pickup configuration combining a Fender® Texas Special single-coil neck pickup with a Seymour Duncan® Distortion SH-6 bridge pickup.
Other premium modern features include a three-way rotary pickup switch, domed volume and tone control knobs, momentary kill switch, Charvel HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge, and locking tuners.
“Charvel has the looks and the playability that make them great guitars, as well as the team that backs it,” summed up Aufdemkampe. “For me it was a no brainer, and I haven’t looked back since.”
See more from Aufkempkampe below as he stopped by the Charvel booth at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville to check out his signature axe!
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“Adenosine” is track No. 7 on instrumental guitar genius Angel Vivaldi’s latest album Synapse and also the most recent cut to get his slickly-produced guitar playthrough video treatment.
Fun fact … Adenosine plays an important role in our sleep schedule as it slows down the activity of neurons. It gradually builds up in our bodies when we are awake and makes us feel sleepy by the end of the day. As our bodies sleep, adenosine molecules break down, ensuring that the cycle starts all over again.
Vivaldi’s track seems to also have its own cycle, starting off fiery with big chords and a staccato rhythm, followed by a melodic lead that builds and then segues into a hypnotic tapping section. The New Jersey progressive axeman also keeps it interesting with his guitar selection as he kicks off the clip with a Charvel Limited Edition Super Stock DK24 and then switches to his very first Charvel signature prototype in Sage Metallic Green, which he’s nicknamed “Rue” after Rue McClanahan who played Blanche on television hit show Golden Girls.