Chris Impellitteri Breaks Down His Latest Pyrotechnical Workout, 'The Nature of the Beast'

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Any fan of Eighties shred guitar will most likely remember the name Chris Impellitteri. At a time when the neo-classical guitar movement was exploding via the roster of Relativity/Shrapnel players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert and Tony MacAlpine, Impellitteri released his first EP, Impellitteri (AKA “the Black EP”) in 1987 to rave reviews. The tracks “Lost in the Rain” and “Burning” are built on hard-driving Iron Maiden/Judas Priest grooves and feature mind-meltingly fast, precise guitar solos that showcase Impellitteri’s brilliant technique.

Chris has since released 11 albums under his band name, Impellitteri, including their latest, The Nature of the Beast [Frontiers Music Srl], which features his longtime band mates, vocalist Rob Rock and bassist James Amelio Pulli, plus ex-Slayer drummer Jon Dette. The Nature of the Beast was recorded in Los Angeles with engineer/producer Mike Plotnikoff (Van Halen, Aerosmith, In Flames) and Canadian mix engineer Greg Reely (Overkill, Fear Factory, Machine Head).

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