Dean Cascione – Shred Crusade (2015)

Author: Dave

Band: Dean Cascione

Album: Shred Crusade

Label: Independent

More than thirty years after Yngwie Malmsteen exploded onto the stage with his solo career, the effects of said explosion are still rippling throughout the metal world. And our current case study is Dean Cascione, who has shredded out three full length albums over the last decade, all paying homage to the great Swedish godfather who started the whole thing. Cascione’s project is a small, independent one but he still managed to put together a decent band as well as get a few folks like David Shankle, Joe Stump, and Dave Mercado to join him in the studio for a few of the tracks. Continue reading

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Impellitteri – Venom (2015)

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Artist: Impellitteri

Album: Venom

Label: Victor Entertainment

Chris Impellitteri might not exactly be a household name, but he has earned a well-deserved reputation in the guitar virtuoso world as one of the heavy hitters. The most common comparison to his style of shredding is to his Swedish predecessor Yngwie Malmsteen. Like Malmsteen, he knows his place in the band, and that is of a guitarist and composer and he correctly leaves his vocals to those more capable, in this case to Rob Rock who has been a session vocalist in more than a dozen heavy/power metal bands over the last three decades. Rob’s tenor vocals are the perfect accompaniment to Chris’s scorching licks and together the duo have churned out six very consistent albums since joining forces in 1987. Continue reading