Nitro Guitarist Releasing Career Spanning Retrospective
March 5, 2015
Considered to be a pioneer of the “shred guitar” genre, Michael Angelo Batio is set to release his first-ever career retrospective entitled ‘Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio’. The new album is slated for release on April 14th via Rat Pak Records. Pre-order bundles are now available for purchase at www.ratpakrecords.com/michaelangelobatio.
‘Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio’ not only highlights the Nitro guitarist’s best work to date, but also brings together many nationally renowned musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genres. The album features some of Batio’s most memorable performances including a dynamic version of Rush’s “What You’re Doing”, which features Queensryche vocalist Todd LaTorre, Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, Metal Church/TSO drummer Jeff Plate and guitarist Craig Blackwell. There is also a cover of Deep Purple’s “Burn”, with LaTorre and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti.
The album also consists of Batio’s tributes to Eric Clapton (“Slowhand”), Randy Rhodes (“RRR”), that features Rudy Sarzo on bass, and a new version of the shredder’s unique tribute (“Diamond”) to the late great Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott of Pantera, that features guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensryche. The album also includes some of Batio’s most notable instrumental tracks such as “8 Pillars of Steel”, with guest appearances by Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli and Craig Goldy, “Juggernaut”, which showcases ex-Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo.
Michael Angelo Batio’s ‘Shred Force 1’ is a must have for all fans of the shred guitar genre! Batio will bringing his shred abilities to television when he makes his debut on VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” on Saturday, March 21st as the guest guitarist.
01. Hands Without Shadows (featuring Bobby Rock and William Kopecky)
02. Burn (featuring Todd LaTorre and Mark Tremonti)
03. Juggernaut (Featuring Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo)
04. What You’re Doing (featuring Todd LaTorre, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Chuck Garric, Jeff Plate and Craig Blackwell)
05. 8 Pillars of Steel (featuring Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli, Craig Goldy)
06. Call To Arms (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek)
07. 2X Again
08. Slowhand (Featuring Warren Dunlevy Jr.)
09. Diamond (featuring Michael Wilton, Elliott Dean Rubinson)
11. Gotta Run (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek)
12. No Boundaries
13. RRR (featuring Rudy Sarzo and Bobby Rock)
Digital Only Bonus Tracks:
14. I Pray The Lord
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