Angel Vivaldi Posts “Crystal Planet” Cover Video

Progressive guitar virtuoso Angel Vivaldi is fresh off of his successful “Touring You Apart” tour and already planning his touring schedule for spring 2016. In the meantime, Vivaldi has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on his cover of “Crystal Planet” (featuring As Blood Runs Black’s Dan Sugarman), originally performed by guitar legend Joe Satriani.

Angel Vivaldi is pleased to unleash this re-imagined track along with its accompanying music video today. Check it out below. Vivaldi’s modern progressive take on Satriani’s guitar rock anthem sees the song in a much heavier light.

“The original has practically no rhythm guitar in it at all. A lot of those progressions were fantastic but were often overlooked by, of course, Joe’s stellar playing. My goal was to make the song groovier and exaggerate the leads with different dynamics/harmonies,” he says. “I’ve always admired Joe’s ability to say a lot with the simplest phrasing. I wanted to honor these melodies with more dramatic, sometimes even aggressive variations to compliment the feel of the rhythm guitars.”

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Megadeth Welcomes Angra Guitarist Kiko Louriero

Well, its official. The rumored replacement for outgoing guitarist Chris Broderick has been confirmed as Angra’s Kiko Louriero.

Mainman Dave Mustaine commented: “I first met Kiko around 8 years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then I’ve come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I’m deeply encouraged by his depth and talent. Very few Megadeth alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko. As Frank Sinatra says, ‘the best is yet to come!'”

Louriero becomes the 10th second guitarist for the band. Recently, Mustaine announced that Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler will replace Shawn Drover as a “guest.” Drover and Broderick recently teamed up to form the new band Act of Defiance.

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Details On Fifth Album “Thunder Knows No Mercy” Posted By Renegade

Italian traditional metal act Renegade posted the track list and cover art for the band’s fifth album “Thunder Knows No Mercy.” The album is the debut for new label Pure Underground Records (a division of Pure Steel Records) and is set for release on December 5th.

Renegade was formed in 2005 and features vocalist Stefano Senesi of guitar virtuoso Tommy Vitaly’s solo band. Since 2006, Renegade has released four studio albums, the last of which was “Can’t Stop the Fire” in 2013. The band describes its sound as: “classical heavy metal with great double bass drumming, some speedy parts and strong vocals.”

The track listing for the album is:

1. Nobody Lives Forever
2. The World Is Dying
3. Into The Flame
4. Awaiting The Storm
5. The Endless Day
6. Screaming On The Edge
7. Trail of Tears
8. Thunder Knows No Mercy

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Stephan Forte Posts New “Zeta Nemesis” Track

French guitar virtuoso Stéphan Forté (Adagio) has announced his brand new solo album “Enigma Opera Black” to be released October 28th. This is Forté’s first studio album in three years and the first released on his brand new label Zeta Nemesis. Listen to the first song “Zeta Nemesis,” featuring Marty Friedman, below.

Without the constraint of outside pressure and forces, the guitarist was able to swing for the fences in a way he hadn’t in the past. The result is a fresh neo-classical, metal endeavor that incorporates a number of different thematic elements exploring the darker side of the human condition.

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Daniele Liverani Posts Guitar Play Through Video For "Inspiration"

Italian guitar virtuoso Daniele Liverani (Twinspirits/Cosmics) posted a video featuring a guitar play through and stream of the new track “Inspiration” from his new solo instrumental release “Eleven Mysteries.” The album is available now through Lion Music.

The track listing for “Eleven Mysteries” is as follows:

1. Mysterious Impulse (see video/stream at this location)
2. Inspiration
3. Nervous Forces
4. Supreme Gladness
5. All Is Pure
6. Giving
7. Humiliation
8. Regeneration
9. Freedom
10. Survive
11. Eternal

Check out “Inspiration” here:

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Daniele Liverani Streaming New Track "Mysterious Impulse"

Italian guitar virtuoso Daniele Liverani (Twinspirits/Cosmics) posted a video featuring a guitar play through and stream of the new track “Mysterious Impulse” from the forthcoming new solo release “Eleven Mysteries.” The instrumental album is due for release on July 20, 2012 through Lion Music.

The track listing for “Eleven Mysteries” is as follows:

1. Mysterious Impulse
2. Inspiration
3. Nervous Forces
4. Supreme Gladness
5. All Is Pure
6. Giving
7. Humiliation
8. Regeneration
9. Freedom
10. Survive
11. Eternal

Check out “Mysterious Impulse” here:

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Protest The Hero To Tour With Periphery And Jeff Loomis

Canadian progressive metal act Protest the Hero has announced that it will be hitting the road soon for an upcoming United States headline tour. Support on the trek is set to come from American progressive metallers Periphery with Nevermore guitar virtuoso Jeff Loomis also joining the bill. The full list of announced dates can be found below.

3/25 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
3/26 Lawrence, KS – Granada
3/27 Dallas, TX – Trees
3/28 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
3/30 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine
3/31 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
4/1 Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
4/2 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
4/3 Portland, OR – The Branx
4/4 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
4/6 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
4/7 Denver, CO – Summit
4/9 St. Louis, MO – Pops
4/10 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
4/11 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
4/12 Columbus, OH – The Outland Ballroom
4/13 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
4/14 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
4/16 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
4/17 Orlando, FL – The Social
4/18 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
4/20 New York, NY – Gramercy
4/22 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero

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Forbidden And Axel Rudi Pell Confirmed For Wacken 2012

The organisers of Wacken Open Air, one of the biggest heavy metal festivals in Germany, has announced the addition of two more bands for next year’s edition of the event. Bay Area thrash metal veterans Forbidden will be performing, as will German guitar virtuoso Axel Rudi Pell. The event will take place in Wacken from August 2nd – 4th 2012 and thus far includes the following bands:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Ministry
Scorpions
U.D.O.

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