Guitar shredder Joe Stump has just signed a deal with Lion Music for his new solo record, "Speed Metal Messiah". A September release is expected. In addition, Joe will be releasing two more instructional DVDs in the upcoming months. "Neo-Classical Guitar 1", which has already been shot and is being edited now, will feature some technique-building exercises incorporating diatonic scale patterns and a six-part neo- classical workout with each section demonstrating a different technique (scale patterns, multi string arpeggios, single string picking phrases, rhythm playing, etc.). The second one, "Advanced Neo-Classical Guitar", will be loaded with many transcriptions to some of Joe's most demanding works as well as a ton of other Baroque-induced fret frying. Both DVDs will feature lengthy guitar cadenzas as well as several full tunes with Joe playing with various backing tracks. Also included in the performance tracks will be several songs from "Speed Metal Messiah". Joe has also been busy contributing guitar work to ex-VIRGIN STEELE guitarist Jack Starr's new album, which is being produced by MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio for Magic Circle Music and will be released on SPV.
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