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Angel Vivaldi Covers Joe Satriani's "Crystal Planet" — Music Video Premiere

Angel Vivaldi is back with a new music video for his cover of Joe Satriani's "Crystal Planet," which features As Blood Runs Black's Dan Sugarman.

Vivaldi's modern progressive take on Satch's guitar rock anthem presents the song in a much heavier light.

"The original has practically no rhythm guitar in it at all," Vivaldi says. "A lot of those progressions were fantastic but were often overlooked [due to] Joe's stellar playing. My goal was to make the song groovier and exaggerate the leads with different dynamics/harmonies.

"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."

The single was produced by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio (After the Burial, Shadows Fall, Northlane). He also produced Vivaldi's latest release, Away with Words, Part 1 (opens in new tab) and the critically acclaimed Universal Language (opens in new tab) EP.

Vivaldi just wrapped up a headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada and will be back on the road in the spring.

This and more releases are available on iTunes (opens in new tab) and Bandcamp.

For more information, visit angelvivaldiofficial.com and follow Vivaldi on Facebook.

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.