Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Angel Vivaldi at the Studio at Webster Hall

Growing up in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Angel Vivaldi was inspired to teach himself guitar at age 15 after listening to Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Metallica's Kirk Hammett. He played in bands from 1999 to 2000 before launching his own solo project in 2003. His 2008 debut album, Revelations, caught the attention of vocalist Max Illidge, formerly of popular Jersey-based band 40 Below Summer. Illidge and Vivaldi led a new melodic metal band called Black Market Hero. Vivaldi performed live in With Daggers Drawn while actively in Black Market Hero during most of 2009. After two years in Black Market Hero, Vivaldi left in 2010. Occasionally he played in other bands, but in 2015, Vivaldi quit his day job and dedicated himself to his solo career. A re-recording of his 2009 EP, The Speed of Dark, was released as The Speed of Dark: Revisited on August 26, 2016. He is hoping to release his second album, Synapse, by the end of 2016.

Angel Vivaldi began a month-long Operation Domination Tour co-headlining with Gus G tonight at the Studio at Webster Hall. Vivaldi's instrumental pieces were progressive poly-rhythmic, starting here and ending there, a completely different location. The music was heavy and melodic, loaded with chunky riffs and dizzying extended guitar flurries. Vivaldi's virtuosic guitar work remained steadfast as the pivotal foundation for each composition. This was shred, tasteful with engaging arrangements while also blasting with Vivaldi's spectacular fretwork prowess. Vivaldi's performance demonstrated that he has all that is necessary to become the next Steve Vai.

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