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Tony MacAlpine's self-titled tenth solo album is his first such effort in a decade, that is, since 2001's Chromaticity. Of course, he's hardly been idle in that period, playing and recording with the power trio CAB and playing in Steve Vai's touring band, among other activities. But that he has returned to solo work and given this disc simply his own name indicates a re-dedication to his career as a frontman. Nevertheless, his extensive work in groups has had an impact. Here, bassist Philip Bynoe and drummer Virgil Donati make like they are a heavy metal rhythm section for the most part, and MacAlpine takes off for the stratosphere, rampaging through soaring riffs at high speed. But he doesn't leave his bandmates behind, always staying within the arrangements rather than just showboating. Back in his earlier solo days, he had finally taken to the microphone for some singing, but this is an all-instrumental effort. As in the past, however, he gives over some time to his keyboard abilities, notably plinking through some jazzy piano playing halfway through "10 Seconds to Mercury" and overdubbing himself in the minor-key piano and acoustic guitar duet that is "Flowers for Monday." He also leaves room for his classical tendencies, although this time, instead of sitting down to play a Chopin piece on piano, he instead comes up with an electric guitar arrangement for Schumann's "The Dedication" to end the album. It brings out another of his major influences for, if most would consider him in the Vai/Joe Satriani school of guitar shredders, his pop/classical tendencies suggest Queen's Brian May.

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The most under rated guitarist/keyboardist today......and maybe ever!


It's been a LONG 10 years since TM's last solo album and it's a triumph. This new album is basically a culmination of all of the projects he's been involved in since his last solo album in 2001. I hear so many elements of his Planet X and Cab days. Incredible playing right from the start on "Serpens Cauda". His speed picking seems even faster and sicker now somehow. TM will always be my favorite musician on this planet because his playing and dedication is unmatched. This album is yet another must have for any MacAlpine fans or fans of terrific hard rock instrumental music.

Wow! Wear protective gear Tony will burn your eyebrows off!

Scorching hot riffs and amazing Tony!

Five stars isn't enough, if there were six stars it demands seven. Period. Tony Macalpine does not get the credit he is more than deserving of for his talent, creativity and guitar virtuosity. He is a master's master and yet one of the most down to earth guys you'll meet.

Compare any of his works to an Yngwie who is waaaayy overrated, pompous and never grown out of the same sweeping crap from 10 years ago. Tony just keeps getting better and more amazing and he is just a regular approachable guy with AMAZING talent and genius ablity.


Born: August 29, 1960 in Springfield, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Progressive metal guitar virtuoso Tony MacAlpine began his musical education as a classically-trained pianist and violinist; his subsequent rock recordings retained a pronounced classical influence, incorporating elements of jazz and fusion as well. He debuted in 1986 with the instrumental Edge of Insanity, recorded with an all-star line-up including bassist Billy Sheehan and ex-Journey drummer Steve Smith; for the follow-up, Project: Driver, MacAlpine formed the band M.A.R.S. with drummer Tommy...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Jun 21, 2011

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