- angel Vivaldi is also a favorite of mine. My favorite of his is "an erusian autumn" I believe it's called, if any bodies interested
You absolutely have to check out his newest, Kyle, "Away with Words." To my ears, it's kind of a breakthrough album for him. His playing has always been technically staggeringly good, and he's a riff machine, but for me this is the album where he really upped his playing melodically as well. There are some CRAZY solos on this disc, but they're all the more impressive because they're also very ear-catching.
I'd recommend specific tracks, but because they're all untitled it's a little tricky.
Jusat trust me when I say that if you're a fan of technical shred guitar and like heavy riffing, this is not an album to miss.
Angel's also cool as hell - I've had the good fortune to hang out with him a couple times both at shows he's played up in MA, and a couple times at periodic "gearfests" we've thrown over at Metalguitarist.org, which usualy quickly devolve into drinking beer and jamming (for everyone except Angel, who pretty much shreds up a storm the whole night.
) There's some awesome video footage of him giving me a sweep picking lesson when I'm any number of beers in (and don't have half his sweeping prowess to begin with) I should try to find. Super nice guy, though. \m/
Another guy I missed - I'm not a huge fan of his because I always found him a little too derivative of Vai (who over the years I've just become less interested by; my tastes have gone more towards blues-rooted hard rock while he's gone further into Zappa territory. Tremendous amount of respect for him as a guitarist and a musician, just not my taste) 0s Dimitar here. I forget his real name, but if you're a Vai fan he's worth a listen.
EDIT - I'm the guy with the white Charvel and the deep voice, not the guy filming this.