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Unearthing the Metal Underground: New York/New Jersey Shredders

Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality underground artists that haven’t gotten the exposure they deserve. This week I am exploring the shred scene in the tri-state area.

Now I wouldn't exactly call it much of a scene here, but there are quite a few talented guitarists in New Jersey and New York. From people posting their own solos/songs on youtube out of a bedroom studio to veteran musicians who book at high class studios to record their album. Today I'll be discussing three acts from across the spectrum.

Mark "M.E." Edwards

First up is Mark "M.E." Edwards, who performs live accompanied by programmed drums and bass. It is no surprise that Mark is credited as “Jersey’s Joe Satriani” as his licks have a bluesy metal feel and concentrate more on melody than notes per second. Musically, Mark tries not to pigeonhole himself into one style and diversifies himself song to song. Being part of the power metal band Overlorde since 1985, Mark Edwards is no stranger to the metal scene. Through his solo project he further proves his song writing talents. Check out his music on MySpace and Facebook.

Watch a live performance of the track "Stumpgrinder" below:

Steve Bello

Steve Bello is also a seasoned guitarist with four solo albums under his belt with a fifth on the way. He takes a more traditional approach to the genre than Mark "M.E." Edwards. Bello’s songs are more progressive in nature, shredding guitar solos and memorable riffs and melodies. Bello maintains a band to play out live and record albums and is also endorsed by Ibanez. Check out his music on MySpace.

Steve Bello Band - "Surfing To Venus" (Rehearsal Demo)

Angel Vivaldi

Angel Vivaldi takes yet another different approach to shred combining hardcore and progressive thrash metal, the end result is the spawn of Misha "Bulb" Mansoor from periphery, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Jeff Loomis. By creating Meshuggah riffing underneath blazing fast solos and dark melodies, Angel Vivaldi creates interesting and driving instrumentals. Like Steve Bello, Angel Vivaldi plays gigs often with his band. Check out his music on his MySpace page, Facebook and videos on his YouTube Channel.

"The World Burning Around Me" Music Video:

Certainly there are more quality shred metal bands in the tri-state area. So if you'd like to recommend some other good underground shred metal bands, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below.

Check back every Monday as we delve into a different scene or genre to unearth some new underground metal bands.

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1. americanpatriot1 writes:

Angel Vivaldi= Now that is an instrumental cd I would get. Great stuff.

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2. Cryonics writes:

Interesting read! Mark Satriani? fits him quite well.

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3. TheIronMan writes:

I just realized how sweet a job it would be to support a guitar virtuoso. Easy playing, no writing and if they get famous you get paid.

Angel Vivaldi's stuff kind of bore me.

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4. metal2death writes:

If you want quality metal from the PA area check out Slaughter of Elysium, Glorg, and rock bottom. rock bottoms a little more hardcore than metal but still good none the less

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5. Dniz writes:

Another to check out is Geoff Unger from Symptom 7.

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