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Joe Stump is an American guitarist whos has been involved in Obsession, Reign of Terror and HolyHell among others. He has released several mostly instrumental albums under his own name.
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JOE STUMP Guitar Dominance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guitar Dominance
Neoclassical metal 1993
JOE STUMP Night of the Living Shred album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night of the Living Shred
Neoclassical metal 1994
JOE STUMP Supersonic Shred Machine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Supersonic Shred Machine
Neoclassical metal 1996
JOE STUMP Rapid Fire Rondo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rapid Fire Rondo
Neoclassical metal 1998
JOE STUMP 2001: A Shred Odyssey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2001: A Shred Odyssey
Neoclassical metal 2001
JOE STUMP Guitar Master album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guitar Master
Neoclassical metal 2002
JOE STUMP Armed and Ready album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Armed and Ready
Neoclassical metal 2003
JOE STUMP Speed Metal Messiah album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Speed Metal Messiah
Neoclassical metal 2004
JOE STUMP Virtuostic Vendetta album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Virtuostic Vendetta
Neoclassical metal 2009
JOE STUMP Revenge of the Shredlord album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Revenge of the Shredlord
Neoclassical metal 2012
JOE STUMP The Dark Lord Rises album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Dark Lord Rises
Neoclassical metal 2015

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JOE STUMP Midwest Shredfest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Midwest Shredfest
Neoclassical metal 2001

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JOE STUMP Reign of Terror album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reign of Terror
Neoclassical metal 1996
JOE STUMP Joe Stump's Dark Gifts: Rare and Unreleased Tracks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe Stump's Dark Gifts: Rare and Unreleased Tracks
Neoclassical metal 2002
JOE STUMP Shredology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Neoclassical metal 2005
JOE STUMP The Essential Shred Guitar Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essential Shred Guitar Collection
Neoclassical metal 2009

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JOE STUMP The Dark Lord Rises

Album · 2015 · Neoclassical metal
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Steve N. Mavronis
They call him the “Shredlord” for good reason. No, this isn’t a review of the Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel with a new character on-board. But as the Universe spawns more Guitar Gods, he’s right up there next to the royal thrones currently occupied by his influences; Yngwie Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, and the late Gary Moore. Like the ancient Greek myth of Prometheus giving mankind the forbidden fire of knowledge, in a very real way Joe Stump does the same with the students who study from him, and devoted fans alike. He’s an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee Music College in Boston, Massachusetts. His musical career spans over 20 years with 13 solo albums and projects with other bands like Reign Of Terror and HolyHell. His newest solo album features 11 instrumental tracks running just over 1 hour, 6 minutes.

01. Hostile Takeover - A mighty pick slide introduces this aggressively played song with a pulsing main riff that reminds me of playing the 3D shooter game Doom. That’s how it makes me feel - like I’ve been ravaged by hordes of Zombie Soldiers, fire throwing Imps, and one-eyed Cacodemons! It’s pretty intense and in your face. The melody lines and arpeggios are quite interesting and his guitar solo totally rocks. Lion Music released the full song on YouTube at so take a listen.

02. Stratomaster - Joe’s inner-Blackmore comes out in this song, with a ‘Double Penetration’ vinaigrette blending of classic rock and neoclassic elements. This makes for a tasty musical tossed salad indeed. Straight to the point, this is a rocking song that Shreds throughout. There is also a cool spooky rising and falling rhythmic interlude section towards the end that I really like too.

03. Out For Blood - This song is looking to exact some revenge and isn’t looking for any redemption for sins committed in the past. Scalar runs, galloping palm mute rhythm chords, neoclassic melodies and pedal tones, drum matching staccato, harmony parts, fast articulated arpeggios… Joe’s taking no prisoners so you’d better listen or get out of the way!

04. The Black Knight Returns - An erie eastern feeling is in the air. I’m not sure how Joe’s getting an almost Indian Sitar-like sound. Maybe he’s using a delay and octave pedal effect with volume knob swells? But whatever, it’s a unique recording on this album. The Blackmore vibe and driving rhythm serves to intensify the musical journey you’re being taken on. That’s what good songs do. Checkmate.

05. Tortured Soul - Joe lays off the accelerator a bit for what must be a Gary Moore inspired piece. Lesser notes in this case translates into musical expression that’s packed with plenty of feeling and emotion, very much like one of my earlier favorites of his called The Beacon. This song is literally crying out with pain and anguish wanting to be released. Gary, we still miss you. Rest in peace bro.

06. The Dark Lord’s Allegro - Niccolò Paganini always left his audiences spellbound too. I mean, how can any human possibly play that stuff? Joe has completely mastered the style that Yngwie had reinvented centuries later that we now know as Neoclassic Rock. This song captures the essence of what Paganini passed onto us. Malmsteen will always be our Neoclassic King. Stump earned the right to be called Shredlord.

07. Staring Into The Abyss - You lean over the steep precipice, your heart pounding out of your chest, adrenaline pumping to prepare you for what’s next. Do you jump in? This song features tremolo picking, flanging, choral effects, pinch harmonics, heavy Maiden-esque sounding riffs, and some really great neoclassic soloing. There’s a lot going on here. What more could you ask for?

08. Concerto No.2 In B Flat Minor - As the name implies this short piece is a very classically oriented song. It’s in a key that I really love and reminds me of a philharmonic symphony orchestra performance for 2 electric guitars playing together in perfect harmony with each other. It’s a keeper.

09. Neo-Classical Shredfest No.4 - After a series of arpeggios segue into a little evil sounding motif, this song suddenly breaks into a uplifting theme that seems to harken the spirit of the late Randy Rhoads. I really like how the bass lines compliment the Shredlord’s playing too. His speedy neoclassic solo takes you Beyond the Sun and back again into a heavy riff progression that ends with a climatic cadenza of Shred Fury.

10. Battle Tested - This is the Heavy Shred anthem of the album. It packs a punch and won’t let up. Joe’s phrasing is very melodic and musical, yet the song has all the power of an exploding volcano. Hot neoclassic lava flows down its flanks, forging a Guitar Axe like a hardened steel weapon fit for a Shredlord of his caliber. This is one of my favorites.

11. Brothers In Shred (Bonus Track) - For the first time in history Joe Stump features 2 guest guitarists on this special bonus track. Dean Cascione (2:41) shows off his Paganini inspired soloing mastery of the neoclassic style along with his signature arpeggios and pedal tones. David Shankle (3:11) solos so much faster than humanly possible it should be illegal. All 3 of them have a distinctive style all their own. The overall song has classic Shredlord signature riffs and neoclassic styled composition.

JOE STUMP Revenge of the Shredlord

Album · 2012 · Neoclassical metal
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Being a long time fan of JOE STUMP,it's impossible for me to be realistic and fair to judge corectly this album!Anyway,I must say that REVENGE OF THE SHREDLORD is one of the best Mr Stump's albums...or even his best to far!!!!In fact,this album is so well composed and performed,that is impossible not to have the best impressions and appreciations for it!Mr Stump's unbelieveble tecnhique and fast playing makes of him one of the best guitar players of our time,and this album proves once again,if necessary,that shred trully has a king-JOE STUMP!What makes the difference for this album is the high quality of the compositions-the first 2 tracks-MAN YOUR BATTLESTATIONS and PISTOLEROS are the best tracks that Mr Stump has ever composed!Impossible to avoid the comparisons with Yngwie Malmsteen or Ritchie Blackmore-but Joe Stump is reinventing himself each time,with each new album and shows a strong personality album after album and has an endless inspiration!That's why I consided this album his best ,because it has only damn good compositions and for an album of 70 minutes,that's so rare-not to have any weak track!Almost unbelieveble indeed!The great combination between the neoclassical style and the hard rock one-is giving to the album something almost magical-a great balance between the songs and the feeling that it's author is really unleashed and full of passion in it's playing!The fact that Joe Stump is so honest and didn't make any artistical compromise in his career,makes of him one of the most respected and appreciated guitar players of our days!All my respect and admniration for a great shredder and congratulations for another great album of THE SHREDLORD!5 STARS for a masterpiece!

JOE STUMP Revenge of the Shredlord

Album · 2012 · Neoclassical metal
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Man your shreddlestations...

Genre: neoclassical shredding metal

It's a shred or be shredded world out there, and just you hope you'll never have to battle it out with Joe Stump because you will be one shredded. You will be shredded to pieces. And then the shredded pieces will be shredded into even smaller pieces.

This album is all about the guitar. There is no cover artwork to speak off. The other instrumentation is minimal, just providing the necessary drive. The lead guitar is louder than everything else in the mix. And, of course, the album has "shred" in the title.

And, already in the very first track 'The Ritual Begins', Joe Stump shows off his superior techniques in a series neoclassicisms performed with the speed of light. And it is the lead guitar that is the primus motor of this album. Every track is dominated by one neoclassical solo after another performed with incredible technical ability. But neoclassicims is not all Joe Stump has to offer, as he also delivers some nice bluesy stuff every now and then as well as some more straight forward heavy metal leads. Every now and then, there is also some proper riffage (although the is rare compared to the leads), as in 'Man You Battlestations' and 'Enter the Coven' as well as my favorite track on the album 'Pistoleros' which is probably also the most melodic track on the album in the sense that it is more oriented towards melodic leads and mere shredding. Another cool track is 'The Black Knight's Castle' which has a bit of a Rainbow-like feel to it, and the epic closer 'The End Approaches' is shrouded in Middle Eastern mystery and defintiely also one of the standout tracks, for my money, on the album.

As with so many other instrumental shred-based neoclassical releases, this one does become a bit monotonous to my ears when I listen to it in one go, but it is definitely enjoyable in a couple of tracks at the time. Although I am not a fan of productions where the guitar is dominant, I must say that I really like the twangy sound that Joe Stump's guitar has. There is a certain Blackmore-esque feel to it which, as a fan of Rainbow, I really appreciate.

On "Revenge of the Shredlord", Joe Stump once again show what an accomplished shredder he is. There should be enough guitar acrobatics to satisfy the needs of any shred fan for the next ten years.

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