Malmsteen, Angelo, Stump -- Take Cover!
Italian guitarist Fabrizio Chiruzzi submitted a CD-ROM entitled The Dominance Factor containing three music videos of him playing incredible neoclassical and metal solos over some basic grooves, as well as some examples of him playing cross-handed and over/under-the-neck (ala Michael Angelo), sweep picking, behind the head playing, picking with his teeth and more. It's almost like he secured a copy of Michael Angelo's "Speed Kills" video, mastered every technique, then worked through the dozen Malmsteen CDs for more ideas. It's really amazing to watch Chiruzzi blaze through five or six minutes of Pentium-speed shred without making a mistake or showing any emotion. All this after only four years of study! We've got to hope that Chiruzzi spends the next four years shedding his influences, working on his compositional chops and putting that super technique to use on some truly original recordings--this is a remarkable young man. Chiruzzi was originally profiled in the December-January, 1999 edition of The Undiscovered.
Fabrizio is a twenty-two year old guitarist who started playing guitar at the age of eighteen. He currently lays claim to being the 'fastest shredder in his province and beyond'--something the videos will immediately prove to any skeptic. Fabrizio's hobbies include listening to and playing music, reading crime and occult books and drawing with the PC. His web site includes numerous examples of his PC art, most notably, 'virtual guitar art' which are Playboy-calibre models and other scenes superimposed onto guitar bodies--you've got to see them to believe them. Fabrizio has also written a book and invented his own beer.
Chiruzzi is working on his first instrumental album, which will be a concept album composed of 15 tracks straddling the New Age and Fusion genres, but also blending the violent fury of the shred genre. The CD will be similar to a soundtrack dedicated to the winter.
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Millennial, Shred Metal Instrumentals
Tom Kopyto's debut instrumental CD, YTK, was released internationally in late 1999 on the M.A.C.E. label. Geared toward fans of progressive metal and instrumental shred guitar, as well as fans of modern metal such as Korn and Fear Factory, the eight tracks on this CD absolutely deliver, with head-banging intensity and ferocious licks. Kopyto sets himself apart from the pack with his engaging compositions, meaning repeated listening is in store for cuts such as "A Window To Madness", "Solacitude" and "Contrition". Kopyto is a major guitar talent, fusing influences such as Mike Stern, Al DiMeola, Frank Gambale, King's X and Dream Theater into his own brand of metallic burn. Highly recommended. Kopyto was originally profiled in the February-March, 2000 edition of The Undiscovered.
7-string guitarist Tom Kopyto began playing in 1991 after discovering George Lynch, Yngwie Malmsteen and Paul Gilbert. He soon became obsessed with the guitar, sometimes studying with three different instructors in one week. The hard work paid off, as Tom was accepted to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the summer of 1993. In 1994, he enrolled at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. At the same time, Tom began working with local bands and accepted freelance work at a local recording studio. He was signed to M.A.C.E. in April of 1999, and in the words of Michael Angelo Batio, "Tom is a true prodigy on guitar."
Kopyto recently has been performing with an instrumental progressive metal/fusion trio. Also, he is now endorsed by Brian Moore Custom Guitars, DR Strings and Vanous Technologies.
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