Impellitteri is a heavy metal band from USA formed and led by guitar virtuoso Chris Impellitteri in 1987. Since then, the band has released numerous albums to critical praise, mainly due to Chris Impellitteri's speed/shred style of playing. The band's style is often compared to Racer X, while Chris' is compared to Yngwie Malmsteen.IMPELLITTERI GENRES
Chris Impellitteri formed Impellitteri in 1987 together with Rob Rock as vocalist. That year, they released an EP called the black album. The selftitled EP was well-received, and Impellitteri regrouped, this time with Graham Bonnet as lead singer, and release the full-length album Stand In Line in 1988.
After some touring and label deals, Impellitteri returned (again with Rob Rock on vocals) with Grin and Bear It in 1992. The following year, they released another EP titled Victim of the System. In 1994, they released Answer To The Master.
In 1996, Impellitteri released Screaming Symphony, which has become one of the most acclaimed albums of the band. In 1997 they released yet another EP titled Fuel For The Fire, in preparation for their next full-length album. The next year, they released another of their most acclaimed works: Eye of the Hurricane. They followed it in 2000 with Crunch.
Shortly after, Rock decided to pursue a solo career so Impellitteri recruited Graham Bonnet again, and started working on his next album. In 2002, they finally released System X. That year, they also released a compilation of hits called The Very Best of Impellitteri.
The union with Bonnet would be short-lived as they parted ways some time after, and Impellitteri recruited Curtis Skelton, finally releasing Pedal To The Metal in 2004, one of their most aggressive albums to date.
Chris Impellitteri is currently working with an LA band (as a member, not leader) and has announced that they will release a new album soon.
Chris Impellitteri has been ranked together with Deicide drummer Steve Asheim and bassist Adrian Davison as perhaps the fastest musicians on their respective instruments.
The band is currently on hiatus as Chris recently joined a Los Angeles band, and is working with them on a new album.
IMPELLITTERI LYRICAL THEMES
United States of America (Los Angeles, California), formed in 1987
IMPELLITTERI CURRENT RECORD LABEL
SPV / Steamhammer
IMPELLITTERI CURRENT LINE-UP
Curtis Skelton: Vocals
Chris Impellitteri: Guitars
James Amelio Pulli: Bass
Glen Sobel: Drums
Edward Harris Roth: Keyboards
IMPELLITTERI PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Rob Rock (Avantasia, Driver, ex- Warrior (US), ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Joshua, ex-Angelica, Jack Frost (US)(guest), Rick Renstrom, Dawnrider (Ger), M.A.R.S.)
Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow, ex-Alcatrazz, ex-Anthem (Jpn), ex-Michael Schenker Group, The Marbles, Blackthorne, Taz Taylor Band , Forcefield)
Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Snow (US), Blackthorne)
Dave Spitz (ex-Stream (US), ex-Americade, ex-Black Sabbath)
Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P., Temple of Brutality, Killing Machine, MVP, ex-Belladonna, Violent Storm)
Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, ex-James Byrd, Accept, Alice Cooper, Chastain, David T. Chastain, ex-Strike (US), TKO, Randy Hansen, House Of Lords, Soul Shock Remedy)
Mark Bistany (ex-Nosferatu (Idn))
Loni Silva (Black Sheep)
Philip Wolfe (Glass Wolfe)
Claude Schnell (Dio)