How can a player develop beyond his or her influences to manifest their own approach to phrasing and composition? I was able to speak to Angel Vivaldi. The song also features a guest solo by Oli Herbert All that Remains , and the album itself has two more guest solos. Avid listener of many sub-genres but does not condone any war between them. Student by the day and Metalhead by the night. He hinted at more touring for the future and for support of Synapse. Angel Vivaldi is one of the few musicians who can stand on his own without a band, and still make amazing music. On October 6, music fans will be introduced this amazing album that Angel Vivaldi himself slaved over.
Full time skeptic that thrives upon the philosophy, sound and evolution of Heavy Metal. Make sure you pick up Synapse on October 6! Instru-Metal has always been the underdog through the generations of metal scenes that the world has witnessed. My guys growing up were Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, and Alex Skolnick. The future only looks bright for Angel Vivaldi. I am very much a perfectionist.
And Angel has a lot of great guest appearances including Oli Herbert All That Remains , Nita Strauss Alice Cooper and Gus G ex-Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind. The effects were probably the overwhelming problem with the record. Synapse is an intriguing concept that works on a number of levels. I never sat down to learn their material, because it was way ahead of my ability, but I listened, and I absorbed the blueprints of how they approach composition. The tone I ended up with was quite bizarre by itself, but it worked beautifully in the track. How do you carve out an individual identity as an instrumental guitarist—especially in the shred camp, where there are so many players doing so much amazingly technical music? Even in niche markets, I see extreme overlap.
On that thought, how did you tailor your performances to the concept of Synapse, where you were musically representing different neural chemicals?. Multi-instrumentalist with a guitar collecting addiction. He even went so far as to paint the studio 8 times to visualize each individual song with its associated color. A Bogner Ecstasy was the main amp for the rhythm guitars. Angel Vivaldi takes a fair share of that and boy, it sure is worth it. But, at the same time, there are always little sections in each song that go in and out of the main theme.
What was the main gear you used to record Synapse? The guitar sounds are pretty organic… The only effects I used are reverb and delay, but there was a lot of finagling to get the right reverbs and delays. I feel that if you love life, and have different life experiences, they work their way into your art somehow. Much like the neural networks he visualized with music for Synapse, Vivaldi is definitely a multi-faceted creator who stretches his artistry beyond mere riffing. Considers existential dread and coffee as fuel. Why did you cast the amps specifically for lead and rhythm? You truly experience different emotions when listening to each song.
Angel repainted his studio and changed the décor to put him in the mood for writing. How do you derive your melodies, and how do edit them to ensure they are unique and true to yourself? This is why Angel Vivaldi is one of the most distinctive guitarists in the metal genre. Guest guitarists include Nita Strauss and Gus G, and, for the videos, Vivaldi even repainted his studio for each song, in order to portray just the right color palette for the mood he was trying to create. Given the different moods on the album, did you ever have to adapt your guitar tone to your technique, say, changing a setup depending on whether you were playing legato lines or rapid picked passages? I heard all the words, but then I took those words and started writing my own sentences, so to speak. That said, one of the last covers I learned for a video production was a Metallica song and a Kirk Hammett solo. Angel Vivaldi has so much versatility with his playing; beyond even his talent, Angel Vivaldi truly creates an atmosphere with each song.
The title track and the epilogue to the album, is a technical head-bang worthy segment, and an overall fret frenzy. Both were strung with Dunlop Super Brights,. And for everyone else, the melodies within will provide just the ticket for an escape from the here and now. Angel Vivaldi is currently on the Wave of Synergy Europe Tour with Andy James. I think the more you imitate your influences or popular bands, the more you hurt your chances to make a name for yourself.
Every note has to have a purpose. It never plays off as being self-indulgent no matter how impressive the guitarwork is. For the science-y, you can listen to the tracks interpretations of the brain chemical. The nine track album has an excellent balance of classic Vivaldi styled material and fresh new sounds, and a beautiful album layout, wherein each song represents the molecule of various hormones that exist within and affect the human body. The concept sets it well, and just further more adds into the sheer joy of listening to the tracks back to back.
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