Considered among the top young shred guitarists in contemporary music, Jacky Vincent’s new CD, “Star X Speed Story”, showcases a guitarist with an exciting collection of great guitar instrumentals with enough taste and technique to sat- isfy the most discriminating guitar fan. In the tradition of other great Shrapnel instrumental CD’s, this record is brimming with important performances by one of the world’s greatest new technicians.
Trauma was founded in the Bay Area in 1980 as one of the first of the New Wave Of Bay Area Metal Bands. The original line-up included Michael Overton - guitar, George Lady- guitar, Dennis Shafer - drums, the iconic Cliff Burton (Metallica) - bass guitar, and Donny Hillier - vocals. The band quickly became well-known throughout the California Bay Area and beyond, playing legendary venues like The Stone, Bill Graham’s Wolfgang’s, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, and The Troubadour.
George Bellas is a Guitarist, Composer and Educator. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, sings and composes for all instruments in neoclassical, neoromantic, progressive rock, and strict classical and jazz styles.
Steve Smith is an American drummer who has worked with hundreds of artists in his career. Modern Drummer magazine readers voted Steve Smith the #1 All-Around Drummer five years in a row. In 2001, Modern Drummer named Steve Smith as one of the Top 25 Drummers of All Time, and in 2002 he was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.
Jay Jesse Johnson (JJJ) was born in rural Indiana and sarted playing guitar at the age of ten. Influnced by American blues and rock n' roll greats. Johnson has worked in recording studios from Nasville to New York City and has been blowing guitar lovers away in venues throughout North America for over 30 years, during which time Johnson has shared the stage with Aerosmith, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Rick Derringer, Black Sabbath, Pat Travers, Judas Priest, and Jefferson Starship, to name a few.
Fabrizio “Bicio” (pronounced “bee-chow”) Leo, was born in Abbiategrasso, about 20km south of Milan, Italy on 7/28/1971. He began as a self-taught guitarist at age sixteen, focusing his passion and practicing time perfecting an intense rock/fusion style. He was inspired by instructional videos and recordings from virtuoso guitarists from the Shrapnel label group, such as Greg Howe, Brett Garsed and Frank Gambale to name just to name a few. Today, Bicio is one of the greatest guitarists on the Shrapnel roster.
Michael Landau is perhaps the most widely respected session guitarist of all time.
Tribal Tech is a progressive fusion band, originally formed in 1984 by guitarist Scott Henderson and bass player Gary Willis. From 1993 forward the band included Scott Kinsey on keyboard and Kirk Covington on drums, and has produced nine albums that stretch the borders between blues, jazz, and rock. The band dissolved following the release of 2000's Rocket Science, with the various members pursuing solo careers.