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Guitarist MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO To Release Compilation Entitled Shred Force 1

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Friday, March 6, 2015 @ 7:22 AM


Career Spanning Retrospective To Be Released On April 14th

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Considered to be a pioneer of the “shred guitar” genre, Michael Angelo Batio is set to release his first-ever career retrospective entitled, Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio. The new album is slated for release on April 14th via Rat Pak Records.

Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio not only highlights Michael’s best work to date, but also brings together many nationally renowned musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genres. The album features some of Michael’s most memorable performances including a dynamic version of RUSH’s “What You’re Doing”, which features QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Todd LaTorre, METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, ALICE COOPERbassist Chuck Garric, METAL CHURCH/TSO drummer Jeff Plate and guitarist Craig Blackwell. An official audio stream of “What You’re Doing” can be found below. There is also a cover of DEEP PURPLE’s ”Burn” with QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Todd LaTorre and ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti. The album also consists of Michael’s tributes to Eric Clapton (“Slowhand”), Randy Rhodes (“RRR”) that features Rudy Sarzo on bass, and a new version of MAB’s unique tribute (“Diamond”) to the late great Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott of PANTERA, that features guitarist Michael Wilton of QUEENSRYCHE. The album also includes some of MAB’s most notable instrumental tracks such as “8 Pillars Of Steel”, with guest appearances by Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli and Craig Goldy, “Juggernaut” showcases ex-MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond and Michael Romeo. Michael Angelo Batio’s Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio is a must have for all fans of the shred guitar genre! Pre-order bundles are now available at www.ShredForce1.com or www.ratpakrecords.com/michaelangelobatio.

“I feel that Shred Force 1 is the culmination of my best musical work,” exclaims Batio. “These are some of my personal favorite performances along with an army of featured guest stars pulled together by an amazing record company to bring it all into focus!”

Michael Angelo Batio showcased his guitar techniques and innovations for the first time with his early instructional programs, as well as in his live performances, which are now considered “standard techniques” amongst guitarists worldwide. Michael not only invented, but was the world’s first player of the double-guitar, and was also voted one of the World’s Top 100 Guitarists Of All Time by Guitar World Magazine. He also holds the YouTube record for his instructional video “Speed Kills”, the highest views for a guitarist coming in at over 15 million! MAB has performed over 1,700 shows in 58 different countries since 1993 and continues his relentless touring and clinic schedule in 2015. Michael will bringing his shred abilities to television when he makes his debut on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show on Saturday, March 21st at 9:00PM ET/PT as the guest guitarist.

Track Listing For Shred Force 1: The Essential MAB:

  • "Hands Without Shadows" (featuring Bobby Rock and William Kopecky)
  • "Burn" (featuring Todd LaTorre and Mark Tremonti)
  • "Juggernaut" (Featuring Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo)
  • "What You’re Doing" (featuring Todd LaTorre, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Chuck Garric, Jeff Plate and Craig Blackwell)
  • "8 Pillars Of Steel" (featuring Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli, Craig Goldy)
  • "Call To Arms" (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek)
  • "2X Again"
  • "Slowhand" (Featuring Warren Dunlevy Jr.)
  • "Diamond" (featuring Michael Wilton, Elliott Dean Rubinson)
  • "Rainforest"
  • "Gotta Run" (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek)
  • "No Boundaries"
  • "RRR" (featuring Rudy Sarzo and Bobby Rock)
Bonus Tracks (Digital Version Only)
  • "I Pray The Lord"
  • "Peace"


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