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Impellitteri: Pedal To The Metal

Genre: Metal
Label: SPV Records

If you think you know Chris Impellitteri, let me introduce you to Pedal To The Metal. This album is a whole new side to his musical persona. Of course, you still get a more-than-healthy dose of neo-classical shreddage, but you'll also hear a li'l something new and quite out of character.

Impellitteri's known to have some of the fastest fingers ever to stroke a fretboard and he doesn't skimp on searing leads for this CD. The noticeable difference this time around is an appeal to a wider range of listeners ... not just the shredheads. I think a lot of that can be attributed to the addition of Curtis Skelton on vocals. He's got a less operatic style than his predecessors ... and way more personality, but there's no slacking when it comes to those clean highs we love so much in a Metal singer.

I can go on and on about what I admire in Curtis' vocal ability, but the obvious attraction here is Chris Impellitteri's ability to rip up his axe. Very few guitarists these days (or ever) can switch gears the way this guy can. One moment you're hearing fast-paced Yngwie technique and low-ended, crunchy Godsmack type stuff the next. Chris is truly a prodigy in my opinion.

As I listened to Pedal To The Metal, I was drawn to the diversity in the tracks and the smoking leads, but none of it could prepare me for "Punk." HOLY SHIT!!! What do you think you'd get if you lumped together Saliva, Frank Zappa and Weird Al ... then filtered it through Anthrax's "I'm The Man" (I know there's a joke in there somewhere)? What I got was a monster groove with a li'l comedy and a lot of power ... screaming the praises of Metal and totally hammering MTV Rap stars.

Pedal To The Metal is, by far, Impellitteri's best work to date. This is the consummate album for everyone who's ever broken a guitar string, banged their head on a piece of furniture or stripped a gear in their brain. Karma dictates that I must give this one a 10.

Added: March 20th 2005
Reviewer: John Foxworthy
Related Link: Visit Impellitteri Online
Hits: 2946
Language: english


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