Guitar wizard Chris Impellitteri and his eponymous band Impellitteri took on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed “Phantom of the Opera” with a unique speed/power metal type approach.
As Impellitteri explained to Guitar World, it’s a song he had wanted to remake since he was a kid.
“When we created our musical arrangement for this song our collective band vision was to basically take the Phantom on a wild musical ride through Hell!,” he stated. “We wanted to turn the song into a speed/power metal type song. I will say our version can seem fairly challenging to play as a guitarist due to the various complex scale sequences, modes and speed at which we are playing. At the same time the lead vocals are quite brutal on our singer, Rob Rock, as he had to sing both the male tenor part as well as the female vocal part, which resides in the alto and soprano ranges.”
As for Impellitteri, he is simply masterful on guitar — fluidly reaching his high notes on his custom Charvel Strat, played through various modified Marshall amps, pedals and speaker cabs.
The track, which appears on his latest The Nature of the Beast album, recently received the full music video treatment, which cuts between green tinted clips of the band performing the track live and imagery from the horror film.
Feel up for an hour plus of being pummeled by French metal giants Gojira?
While the band may be currently holed up in New York working on their next album, fans can relive the thrill and palpable energy of their live show, courtesy of the recent video release featuring their entire Pol’And’Rock Festival set in 2018.
Mixed by Raphaël Bovey at MyRoom Studio and edited by Bryce Hall, the multi-camera footage begins prior to the band’s stage entrance and spotlights the half million crowd as they quickly stir to a frenzy. From there, unreal stage production and Gojira’s crushing performance combine for an unforgettable experience.
In advance of 11th studio album The Atlantic Jan. 25 drop date, Swedish dark prog metal masters Evergrey has debuted a new music video for its track “Weightless.”
Directed by Patric Ullaeus, the clip finds the band performing the track in the middle of a fiery blaze.
“This video is what you will get when watching us live pretty much,” stated the band. “Maybe minus burning down the drum kit every night! We’re really proud of ‘Weightless’ as it works as a phenomenal second chapter of The Atlantic drama.”
Frontman Tom S. Englund shared this about the making and direction of The Atlantic:
“We’ve fought through giant private obstacles as well as an extremely complicated break-in at our headquarters studio to bring this album to you. So at the same time as it’s certainly not been painless or at all easy, it’s been rewarding in new ways and our creativity has been painted in colors of honesty and sincerity.
“This is our heaviest, darkest, and perhaps also our most diverse album to date. It’s everything we wanted to compose and the written words come straight from a place of transparency and never before experienced lucidity. Finally, as of yesterday, we’ve reached new shores. We can’t wait for you to share this journey with us and dive into our worlds, our depths, and the waters of The Atlantic!”
Enjoy the clip below, featuring guitarist Henrik Danhage decimating his Charvel Star.
Angel Vivaldi recently sat down for a Metal Injection Ask the Artist session where the axeman dishes on everything from his approach to writing new material to which artist he draws the most inspiration from.
“My music always starts with a concept,” explains Vivaldi, while also playing a quick riff on his custom 7-string Charvel. “The theme of whatever that record is about really dictates the dynamic and the intention behind what I am writing.”
And which famous artist inspires this metal maven the most? Vivaldi’s answer might surprise you.
“Hands down, Michael Jackson!” says Vivaldi. “His music, his albums, his music videos, his live performances … he just cared so much about everything he did.”
Steel Panther had a little fun crashing the set of FOX Sports prior to last Thursday night’s NFL game.
In a pre-game commercial, the glam metal jokesters were under the impression they were the headlining act and asked FOX Sports Thursday Night Football hosts Howie Long and Michael Strahan where they could set up their gear. Strahan thwarted their performance and clarified the mix up — it wasn’t Steel Panther playing, but the Steelers vs. Panthers game.
Unfazed by the flub but sensing Long and Strahan were unconvinced of the show’s need of a house band, Satchel tore out a pretty solid cover of the NFL’s theme song on his signature Pro-Mod DK.
Check out the humorous and classic Steel Panther clip below.
Mike Orlando knows his way around a guitar. End of story.
But, in case you need further proof, bear witness to the new video trailer to Mike Orlando’s Sonic Stomp, the Adrenaline Mob guitarist’s upcoming DVD.
Due out Dec. 3, Mike Orlando’s Sonic Stomp was recorded at Thiago Bianchi’s Fusao Studios in Brazil with members of the Brazilian progressive metal band Noturnal.
In the new four-minute trailer, Orlando showcased a few songs from the DVD, including “Jam,” “A Vision Of You” and the title track. On each, he delivered searing performances on his custom Charvel. His brisk fretwork is paired nicely with the instrumental prowess of Noturnall’s drummer Aquiles Priester, bassist Fernando Quesada and keyboardist Junior Carelli.
Brazilian fans can pre-order the DVD here, while U.S. and other international fans can pre-order here.
Red Dragon Cartel released a new lyric video for “Crooked Man,” the second single off upcoming album Patina.
In the new clip, guitarist Jake E. Lee looks every bit the rock star on a Charvel guitar built by Master Builder Chip Ellis, who sandblasted and stained the custom axe in a patina finish inspired by the album’s title, and then added copper-plated hardware.
As Lee digs into the bluesy song with the rest of his bandmates, images of notorious political figures flash on the screen.
Patina, the band’s sophomore album, was recorded at drummer Anthony Esposito’s studio in Dillsburg, Pa., and will be released Nov. 9. In the meantime, whet your appetite with the full lyric video below.
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.