Are you satisfied with
"Pedal To The Metal" ?
Chris: I am satisfied with
"Pedal To The Metal".
If the music of Impellitteri was an emotion, which one would it
Happiness and Anger.
What bands Inspire you to write music
To The Metal"
I paid tribute to many of my favorite bands
ranging from the current metal scene all the way back to the
British metal invasion.
the original side. Ozzy Osbourne "Blizzard Of Oz" cd and first Van
Halen cd, combined with Al Dimeola, Yngwie, Schenker etc - all
the way to the new modern metal bands like Disturbed, Korn, In Flames, Soilwork and the current Swedish metal scene. In
about 30% of the new cd has sounds very similar to these other
bands, except we combined American melody and guitar solos with
their rythym patterns. It was a pretty crazy experiment, but I
think it has a really cool combination of American metal and
Swedish metal, and a great combination of the Present and Past.
you play live alot to get this very cohesive sound or how do you
We do play live in the U.S. and Japan. We also are in the studio
alot playing, so we are pretty tight sounding.
How would you compare "Pedal To The Metal" to "System X" and what are
the main evolutions and changes for you?
They are two completely different cd's - "System X" is a reunion cd
with Graham Bonnet that has a lot of focus on shredding guitar
solos and traditional hard rock.
To The Metal"
celebrates 3 generations of metal. It
is 70% original Impellitteri and about 30% tribute to other music
scenes. Also the focus is more on the music and less on the
technical soloing. However, there are definate moments of
Will you be shooting any videos for Pedal to the metal
Yes I believe we will be shooting two videos soon.
Which one was your best gig and which one was your
Best gig I think was San Jose California outside of San Fransisco.
Between 3000 or 5000 people were just screaming for IMPELLITTERI,
gig, Ibanez namm show. I was basically chemically induced (Like
Heroin). And I could barely walk, I could not even play the
guitar. It was a very valuable lesson. Ever scince I have been very
healthy and I play great live.
Whats your most embarissing and funniest experience?
I already pointed out the most embarrissing on the previous
question. The funniest thing that ever happened on tour. We were
playing in Tokyo and we went on stage with the fans screaming and
we started to play only to find out our soundman was in the
What are your plans now that the new album is out?
Chris: To listen to it and
Which music do you personally listen to at home?
listen to everything from metal to pop.
If you had one sentence to convince somebody of IMPELLITTERI and
to buy "Pedal
To The Metal"
what would you say?
you want to have a good time check out "Pedal
To The Metal".
The cd covers many really great styles of heavy metal music. It is
like going to the Oz Fest and seeing ten different bands, with the
exception there are Impellitter shredding solos and screaming
Curtis Skelton vocals.
far as Impellitteri. We are a band that love playing music. Some
fans love us others hate us. You can be the judge!
wonder, if you might make a all-time albums top 5?
Van Halen - 1
Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Oz
Van Halen - Fair Warning
Impellitteri - Black EP (first record ever made)
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman
What is your favourite question about Impelliteri that you haven't
been asked yet, but would still like to answer?
I will let you know when I figure that out?