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Impellitteri

Chris Impellitteri is one of those metal guitar heroes that one might expect to find on the Shrapnel Records roster. His style has often been favorably compared to Yngwie Malmsteen, and with good reason, as both are neo-classical speed/shred guitarists of the highest order. Chris is a little less flashy (but only a little), though he's arguably a better songwriter, as his tunes tend to be less self-indulgent than Yngwie's. Impellitteri the band plays uptempo, mainstream speed metal, the kind of stuff that is quite popular in Europe these days, with Chris' flashy licks and solos complemented by the forceful vocals of Rob Rock (Graham Bonnet, another accomplished vocalist, has sung with this band as well). A fair comparison style-wise might be Racer X, or (particularly the earlier work) a more speed-metal version of Rainbow. The basic style has scarcely altered from day one, as the various albums are pretty interchangeable (minus points for lack of variety, plus points for consistent quality). Impellitteri is hardly a contemporary/modern metal band in style terms (this style was much more in vogue in the 80's), but Chris' virtuoso playing and general professionalism keep the band fresh.

Current Members

Rob Rock

vocals (ex-M.A.R.S., ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Warrior)

Chris Impellitteri

guitars

James Amelio Pulli

bass

Jon Dette

drums (Killing Machine)

Former Members/Guests

Graham Bonnet

vocals (ex-Alcatrazz, ex-Anthem, ex-Michael Schenker Group, ex-Rainbow)

Curtis Skelton

vocals (ex-Speak No Evil)

Chuck Wright

bass (Quiet Riot)

Phil Wolfe

keyboards

Edward Harris Roth

keyboards

Loni Silva

drums

Pat Torpey

drums (ex-Ted Nugent) RIP: February 7, 2018, Parkinson's disease, age 64

Ken Mary

drums (ex-Alice Cooper, ex-Chastain, ex-Fifth Angel, Flotsam & Jetsam, ex-TKO)

Mark Bistany

drums (ex-Otep)

Glen Sobel

drums



Discography



Impellitteri  EP
1987 Relativity
  1. Lost In The Rain
  2. Play With Fire
  3. Burning
  4. I'll Be Searching
  • Rob Rock
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • Loni Silva



Stand In Line  
1988
  1. Stand In Line
  2. Since You've Been Gone
  3. Secret Lover
  4. Tonight I Fly
  5. White And Perfect
  6. Leviathan
  7. Goodnight And Goodbye
  8. Playing With Fire
  • Graham Bonnet
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • Chuck Wright
  • Phil Wolfe
  • Pat Torpey



Grin And Bear It  
1992 JVC
  1. When The Well Runs Dry
  2. Ball And Chain
  3. Wake Up Sally
  4. Power Of Love
  5. Under The Gun
  6. Endless Nights
  7. City's On Fire
  8. Grin And Bear It
  9. Dance
  • Rob Rock
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • Chuck Wright
  • Ken Mary



Victim Of The System  EP
1993 JVC
  1. Victim Of The System
  2. Visual Prisoner
  3. Glory
  4. Cross To Bear
  5. The Young And The Ruthless
  • Rob Rock
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • James Amelio Pulli
  • Ken Mary
  • Mark Bistany



Answer To The Master  
1994 JVC
  1. The Future Is Black
  2. Fly Away
  3. Warrior
  4. I'll Wait
  5. Hold The Line
  6. Something's Wrong With The World Today
  7. Answer To The Master
  8. Hungry Days
  9. The King Is Rising
  • Rob Rock
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • James Amelio Pulli
  • Ken Mary



Screaming Symphony  
1996 JVC
  1. Father Forgive Them
  2. I'll Be With You
  3. Walk Away
  4. Kingdom Of Light
  5. Countdown To The Revolution
  6. 17th Century Chicken Pickin'
  7. Rat Race
  8. For Your Love
  9. You Are The Fire
  • Rob Rock
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • James Amelio Pulli
  • Edward Harris Roth
  • Ken Mary



Fuel For The Fire  EP
1997 JVC
  1. Fuel For The Fire
  2. Stand Or Fall
  3. Tears In The Eyes Of The World
  4. Paradise
  • Rob Rock
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • James Amelio Pulli
  • Edward Harris Roth
  • Ken Mary



Eye Of The Hurricane  
1998 JVC
  1. Eye Of The Hurricane
  2. Shed Your Blood
  3. Fuel For The Fire
  4. Bleed In Silence
  5. Master Of Disguise
  6. On And On
  7. Everything Is You
  8. Kingdom Fighter
  9. Paradise
  10. Stand Or Fall
  11. Tears In The Eyes Of The World
  • Rob Rock
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • James Amelio Pulli
  • Edward Harris Roth
  • Ken Mary



Crunch  
2000 JVC
  1. Beware Of The Devil
  2. Turn Of The Century
  3. Speed Demon
  4. Wake Me Up
  5. Spanish Fire
  6. Slay The Dragon
  7. Wasted Earth
  8. Forever Yours
  9. Texas Nuclear Boogie
  10. Fear No Evil
  • Rob Rock
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • James Amelio Pulli
  • Edward Harris Roth
  • Glen Sobel



System X  
2002 JVC
  1. United We Stand
  2. Perfect Crime
  3. End of the World
  4. She's a Nightime Lover
  5. Slow Kill
  6. Why Do They Do That
  7. Rock and Roll Heroes
  8. Gotta Get Home
  9. What Kind of Sanity
  10. Falling in Love With a Stranger
  • Graham Bonnet
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • James Amelio Pulli
  • Edward Harris Roth
  • Glen Sobel



Faster Than The Speed Of Light  COMPILATION
2003 JVC
  1. Freak Show
  2. Victim Of The System
  3. Beware Of The Devil
  4. Rock n' Roll Heroes
  5. Perfect Crime
  6. Spanish Fire
  7. Rat Race
  8. Warrior
  9. Cross To Bear
  10. Stand In Line
  11. When The Well Runs Dry
  12. Power Of Love
  13. Shed Your Blood
  14. 17th Century Chicken Pickin'
  15. Hungry Days
  16. Lost In The Rain
  17. Anti Social Disease
  18. Texas Nuclear Boogie
  19. Cyberflesh



Pedal To The Metal  
2004 JVC
  1. The Iceman Cometh
  2. The Kingdom Of Titus (Tribute)
  3. Dance With The Devil
  4. Hurricane
  5. Crushing Daze
  6. Destruction
  7. Judgement Day
  8. Punk
  9. Propaganda Mind
  10. The Writings On The Wall
  • Curtis Skelton
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • James Amelio Pulli
  • Glen Sobel



Live! Fast! Loud!  
2007
  1. Overture
  2. Visual Prison
  3. I'll be With You
  4. Victim Of The System
  5. Walk Away
  6. Stand In line
  7. Countdown To The Revolution
  8. Screaming Symphony
  9. Burning
  10. Lost In The Rain
  11. For Your Love
  12. Over The Rainbow
  13. Warrior
  14. Rat Race
  15. Meet The Band
  16. The King Is Rising



Wicked Maiden  
2009 Victor
  1. Wicked Maiden
  2. Last Of A Dying Breed
  3. Destruction
  4. Garden Of Eden
  5. The Vision
  6. Eyes Of An Angel
  7. No More School
  8. Wonderful Life
  9. Holy Man
  10. Battle Rages
  • Rob Rock
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • James Amelio Pulli
  • Edward Harris Roth
  • Glen Sobel



Venom  
2015 Victor
  1. Venom
  2. Empire of Lies
  3. We Own the Night
  4. Nightmare
  5. Face the Enemy
  6. Domino Theory
  7. Jehovah
  8. Rise
  9. Time Machine
  10. Holding On
  • Rob Rock
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • James Amelio Pulli
  • Jon Dette



The Nature Of The Beast  
2018 Frontiers
  1. Hypocrisy
  2. Masquerade
  3. Run for Your Life
  4. Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover)
  5. Gates of Hell
  6. Wonder World
  7. Man of War
  8. Symptom of the Universe (Black Sabbath cover)
  9. Do You Think I’m Mad
  10. Fire It Up
  11. Kill the Beast
  12. Shine On
  • Rob Rock
  • Chris Impellitteri
  • James Amelio Pulli
  • Jon Dette




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