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!
Miss May I's Justin Aufdemkampe stops by #SummerNAMM to check out his brand new #Charvel Limited Edition Signature Pro-Mod SD24! http://www.charvel.com/guitars/artist/limited-edition-justin-aufdemkampe-signature-pro-mod-sd24-caramelized-maple-fingerboard-trans-red/
“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.
L.A.-based musician and Charvel artist Frankie Lindia has released his instrumental debut album, Creatures of Habit.
Lindia poured his heart and soul into the effort, handling all writing, producing, recording and mixing efforts at his home studio in Los Angeles.
The result is a complex and diverse offering that showcases his impressive skillset and is sure to satisfy every guitar enthusiast — from metal to rock to progressive music lovers. Creatures of Habit takes you on a sonic journey with old-school heavy riffage in songs like “The Temptress,” and then into epic landscapes in songs like “Reflect.”
Inspired by day-to-day life and its constant flux of highs and lows, Lindia revealed that the melodic “Reflect” is among his personal favorites.
“The main melody is very distinct and says something,” he reveals. “The song starts you off somewhere ‘dark,’ takes you up through some passages and then brings you back down to that dark, eerie frame of thought again- which can most definitely symbolize life itself with its ‘ups and downs’”.
For the album recording, Lindia relied either on his Charvel San Dimas Style 1 or his San Dimas Style 2 through his EVH 5150III El34 50W head.
“It was very simple setups, standard tuning, delay, verb and some effects like phaser and chorus here and there,” he said.
Experience Creatures of Habit for yourself with the below YouTube link, and then order his album through CD Baby or iTunes.
The melodic master Angel Vivaldi continues his YouTube dominance with another video for his track “Endorphin” off latest album SYNAPSE.
The guitarist’s latest video showcases the perfect blend of effortless musicianship and beautiful intonation that his rabid fans have come to expect. The clip also gives fans an up close look at the latest prototype for Vivaldi’s signature Charvel model. Master Builder Joe Williams hand delivered this beautiful beast to Vivaldi during the 2018 NAMM Show in late January.
“Joe Williams is brillaint,” said Vivaldi during an exclusive interview with Charvel. “Three prototypes over the course of maybe four to five months and that’s all it needed. He just went above and beyond. He really knows the modern guitarist struggle and hustle.”
Get a good look at Vivaldi’s new Charvel by watching “Endorphin” Below.
Swedish guitarist Henrik Danhage delighted his Facebook fans on a recent Sunday morning by uploading an amazing new video of himself performing a dreamy solo on his custom shop Charvel.
The Evergrey artist was caught on stage thanks to a trusty fan and his/her cell phone camera.
“Thank you all for the awesome support beautiful people of the internet,” said Danhage on his Facebook page. “A killer guitar, an amazing amp, two cheap delays and a pair of decent hands and voila. And an awesome keyboard player backing you up of course.”
Watch the video below and be sure to follow Henrik Danhage on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.
The enigmatic and incredible Angel Vivaldi has blessed his fans with another mind-blowing play through of “Oxytocin” from latest album SYNAPSE.
With his seven-string Charvel in hand, Vivaldi’s unbelievable fretboard skills are shown in full in this simple, but must watch video. Joining the gifted musician is the equally talented Gus G. from Firewind.
The two trade off solos in a full-on shred fest that you can watch below.
After fronting his band thenewno2, recording and touring with Fistful of Mercy, and workingwith a gamut of legendary performers including Bob Dylan and Wu-Tang Clan, Dhani Harrison continues to forge his musical journey with the release of his In Parallel album this past October. Harrison sat down with Premier Guitar magazine interviewer Paul Kobylensky to talk about his history in music and how his Custom Charvel S-Type helped in the making of the song “Summertime Police.”
Being the son of a Beatle, Harrison was surrounded by music from an early age, but he didn’t always want to be.
“I grew up in the studio,” said Harrison. “I always played music since I was a kid: piano, guitar, drums. And I sang a lot too. So, I got my 10,000 hours early. I’m pretty sure I tried everything possible to not do music. But I knew I was going to come back to it at some point.”
Harrison also goes into thorough detail about all of the gear he used to record his solo effort, including how a Custom Shop Charvel S-Type built by Paul Waller made an appearance on his track “Summertime Police.”
“It’s got to be bold. It’s got to be rude. You know what I mean,” Harrison told Kobylensky. “On the record, there’s Jon Bates playing a custom Charvel that was also built by Paul Waller. And Jon was saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to bring back some shredding on this record?’ And it made the cut. And then I was like, ‘Oh, great. Now, I’ve got to get a Charvel or something with a locking nut, because I’m going to be playing all these songs with these huge bends in them.’”