Dean Cascione - 'Shred Crusade'

Dean Cascione - guitars
Paul Ranieri - bass
Kenny Lane - drums
Rich Kelly - orchestration
          special guests:
David Shankle - guitar
Joe Stump - guitar
Dave Mercado - guitar

1.) "Neoclassic"
2.) "Shred Crusade"
3.) "Arpeggio Assault"
4.) "Rune Stone"
5)  "Spider Gates"
6.) "Subterranean"
7.) "Megalith"
8.) "Into Darkness"
9.) "Victory"
10,) "Kindred Spirits"

Dean Cascione is an American NeoClassic Shred Guitarist who is an innovative force in today's shred guitar scene. In a genre overflowing with self-proclaimed speed freaks, Cascione is committed to shattering the shred stereotypes, delivering melodic NeoClassic Metal filled with passion and contrast.
Experts have described Dean’s command of the instrument as “ A showcase of Neoclassical fretboard pyrotechnics”, "Dangerous with a guitar" "Vicious, high tech and aggressive," "Channeled the spirit of Rhoads and the best of Malmsteen," and "A bright star on the international guitar scene."
Dean’s debut CD "Guitar Chop Shop" released in 2008, merited

Guitar9's #1 chart ranking in May of that year, and an overall ranking of #2 in their Top Sellers chart for NeoClassical Metal in 2008.
     In honor of one of Metal’s greatest legends, Dean joined forces with the mighty MANOWAR to record "Magic: A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio." Straight from the heart, Dean embraced Dio's legacy with his own haunting instrumental interpretation of his Elf classic Nevermore. The tribute album was released worldwide in 2010.
      "Neoclassical Fire" (2011) conjured a "Blend of fierce fret board assault with strong, powerful melodic phrasing”. The album merited Guitar9's #1 chart ranking in sales during July and August of 2011, and held for a strong 7 weeks in the Top 10 charts for Neoclassical Metal, Shred, and Instrumental Rock genres.
     "Shred Crusade" is Dean’s latest chapter of pure NeoClassic Metal.
      Joining Cascione on this epic adventure rides a cavalry of guitar wielding wizards to include: David "The Shred Demon" Shankle (DSG, Devil Land, Voodoo Gods, MANOWAR), Joe Stump (Black Knights Castle, Holy Hell, Reign of Terror) Dave Mercado, Kenny Lane Schwartz and Paul Ranieri (Shadow Eden).
      Influenced and inspired by decades of metal and classical music, Cascione holds the NeoClassic torch high and proud, as he prepares to deliver another volume of powerful guitar anthems! Dean is endorsed by: DC Custom Guitars, MC Guitars, Voodoo Amps USA, SIT strings, GraphTech, GuitarHeads, DOD/DigiTech, AMT, Ollmann, and Neo-Classic EFX.

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Cascione: "Neoclassical Shred Guitar is a style of music in which the compositions are based on traditional classical music (Paganini, Bach, etc..). The songs are typically instrumental pieces played on the electric guitar. The SHRED word describes the blistering fast sections of the songs that can be viewed by some as overindulgent at times, but can demonstrate ones technical knowledge of the instrument ( guitar vocabulary) and if correctly applied, show incredible contrast from slower motifs. So basically traditional rock, metal and blues songs are based on pentatonic blues scales and riffs and with the neoclassical shred stuff, we are truly playing in the realm of our classical forefathers." I could not have said this any better.  Off the top of my head, the only other guitarist that plays in this style is Yngwie Malmsteen.  The only difference is Dean is a ton better of a guitarist.  Every song on this CD is utterly amazing!  If you are a fan of guitar instrumentals or you are a young guitarist then this CD is for you!!!!