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.
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.
Los Angeles heavy metal act Impellitteri has been enjoying the festival scene abroad this summer, including slots at Busan Rock Festival in South Korea, Bang Your Head Festival in Germany and Rock Fest Barcelona.
All the while, guitarist Chris Impellitteri has been shredding away on a Charvel Custom Shop Legacy Bloodsplatter guitar.
Watch below to enjoy some fan footage, including a surprising choice for a metal show in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in which Impellitteri really shows off his chops.
With a new album having come out on April 21 in North America called Venom, Impellitteri recently dropped a video for the track “We Own the Night.”
In it, guitar virtuoso Chris Impellitteri unleashes a blistering riff while singer Rob Rock’s vocals are as powerful as ever. Directed by John Logsdon, the clip was filmed at Mates rehearsal space in North Hollywood, Calif.
Venom is Impellitteri’s ninth studio album and follows 2009′s Wicked Maiden.
Get a taste of the new music in the video for “We Own the Night” after the jump. (more…)