TONY MACALPINE

Progressive Metal / Neoclassical metal / Hard Rock / Non-Metal • United States
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Tony MacAlpine (born August 29, 1960 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is a guitar and keyboard virtuoso who came on to the neo classical/shred scene in the mid 80s. He later experimented with jazz rock fusion and combined it with his classical training, as can be heard on Chromaticity (2001). He has released many solo albums in his career. Some of his other projects include CAB, Planet X, Steve Vai and Ring of Fire.
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Death Of RosesDeath Of Roses
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TONY MACALPINE Edge Of Insanity album cover 3.88 | 7 ratings
Edge Of Insanity
Neoclassical metal 1986
TONY MACALPINE Maximum Security album cover 4.00 | 10 ratings
Maximum Security
Neoclassical metal 1987
TONY MACALPINE Eyes Of The World album cover 3.10 | 5 ratings
Eyes Of The World
Hard Rock 1990
TONY MACALPINE Freedom To Fly album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Freedom To Fly
Hard Rock 1992
TONY MACALPINE Madness album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Madness
Hard Rock 1993
TONY MACALPINE Premonition album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Premonition
Progressive Metal 1994
TONY MACALPINE Evolution album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Evolution
Progressive Metal 1995
TONY MACALPINE Violent Machine album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Violent Machine
Progressive Metal 1996
TONY MACALPINE Master Of Paradise album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Master Of Paradise
Neoclassical metal 1999
TONY MACALPINE Chromaticity album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Chromaticity
Non-Metal 2001
TONY MACALPINE Tony MacAlpine album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Tony MacAlpine
Progressive Metal 2011
TONY MACALPINE Concrete Gardens album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Concrete Gardens
Progressive Metal 2015
TONY MACALPINE Death of Roses album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Death of Roses
Progressive Metal 2017

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TONY MACALPINE Live Insanity album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live Insanity
Progressive Metal 1997
TONY MACALPINE Live In Tokyo album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Live In Tokyo
Progressive Metal 2013

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TONY MACALPINE Birds of Prey (Billy's Boogie) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Birds of Prey (Billy's Boogie)
Hard Rock 1986

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TONY MACALPINE Collection: The Shrapnel Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collection: The Shrapnel Years
Progressive Metal 2006

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TONY MACALPINE Edge Of Insanity

Album · 1986 · Neoclassical metal
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The 80's was a golden era for guitar shredders, seemingly a week never going by without a new release featuring one of the guitar gods of the time from the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, Marty Friedman and of course Steve Vai to name a few. Many were part of successful metal bands but there was also a myriad of guitar virtuosos releasing entirely instrumental albums. One of the better players in this field is Tony MacAlpine who's debut album Edge Of Insanity is an impressive blend of classical influenced power metal.

As well as supplying incredibly dextrous guitar shredding MacApline is an equally adept keyboard player and he keeps good company too, being aided by Billy Sheehan, at the time with Mr Big on bass and Steve Smith, ex-Journey on drums, both excellent and highly regarded players in their own right. Where Edge Of Insanity had an edge over most the guitar shredding instrumental releases of the time was that it wasn't just a showcase for MacAlpine to show the world how fast he could play, he could also write a tune with a strong melody. While the twelve songs here, with the exception of the keyboard driven interlude of Chopin Prelude 16, Opus 28 may not stray far from the neo classical metal template, what they lack in variety they make up for in instantly accessible hooks alongside an impressive display of instrumental chops from all three players.

His follow up album Maximum Security was equally good but I'm afraid I lost track of his solo work after that. Of course many people will know him for his work with Planet X where I believe he has now returned. However, I digress; Edge Of Insanity has stood the test of time well and is still an impressive collection of instrumental power metal.

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