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Chris Impellitteri (born September 25, 1964) is the lead guitarist and founder of the heavy metal band Impellitteri. In 2008 Guitar World magazine named Chris Impellitteri as one of the fastest guitarists of all time.[1] In 2003, Guitar One Magazine voted Chris Impellitteri the 2nd fastest guitar shredder of all time, behind only Michael Angelo Batio; Yngwie Malmsteen was dubbed the 3rd fastest shredder.[2]

Chris Impellitteri
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Chris Impellitteri, 2016 Busan Rock Festival
Background information
Born (1964-09-25) September 25, 1964 (age 54)
Connecticut, United States
GenresNeo-classical metal, heavy metal, speed metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboard
Years active1983–present
LabelsRelativity Records, JVC
Associated actsImpellitteri, Vice, Animetal USA, Graham Bonnett, House of Lords


Impellitteri's first music release was a black EP titled Impellitteri. The Black Ep was filled with music featuring shredding guitar solos, screaming vocals, and a fast rhythm section. The Impellitteri Black EP established the band's sound in the metal world. With the second album, Victim of the System, Impellitteri continued his traditional neo-classical metal style, fusing fast technical guitar soloing with classical phrasing.

In 1996 they recorded Screaming Symphony followed by 1997's successful Eye of the Hurricane. In 2000 Impellitteri recorded Crunch, which was their most experimental musically using drum loops and samples.

In 2009 Impellitteri released the album Wicked Maiden.

In 2015 Impellitteri released the album Venom with Rob Rock on the vocals.


Over the course of his career, Impelliterri has used a wide variety of different guitar brands and models, including Fender and Dean. He is currently endorsed by Charvel guitars with whom he has a custom model. In addition, he also used ENGL amplifiers and Seymour Duncan pickups.


with ImpellitteriEdit

See: Impellitteri Discography

with Animetal USAEdit

Guest appearancesEdit


  1. ^ "50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time". GuitarWorld Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
  2. ^ "Fastest Guitar Shredders". Phil Brodie Band. Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-05-29.