IMPELLITTERI's music video for the cover version of the BLACK SABBATH classic "Symptom Of The Universe" can be seen below. The song is taken from IMPELLITTERI's latest album, "The Nature Of The Beast", which is being released today (Friday, October 12) via Frontiers Music Srl.
Chris Impellitteri states: "To all of our heavy metal friends around the world, we hope you enjoy our version of BLACK SABBATH's 'Symptom Of The Universe'. We have always wanted to re-create this magical riff and song as it really inspired us musically. This type of song can be tricky as you want to respect the integrity of the original music, but at the same time you want to take the song in a new direction and make it your own! We obviously 'Impellitterized' the song and added lots of haunting melodies, screaming vocals, shredding guitar solos, walking bass lines, and thrash-style drumming (but what would you expect from IMPELLITTERI, ha ha!)
"We sincerely hope the great Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward enjoy our version of 'Symptom Of The Universe' as well as their fans!"
30 years into their musical career, IMPELLITTERI have created a mind-blowing, highly energetic and thrilling new musical adventure with "The Nature Of The Beast". The band is on fire with their musical acrobatics, addictive riffs, shredding guitar solos, speed metal drumming, and screaming power metal vocals that are all ingredients in these killer songs!
Like many of their talented peers, IMPELLITTERI continue to carry the torch for guitar driven heavy metal. On "The Nature Of The Beast", the band shines throughout, especially on songs like the power metal driven "Run For Your Life", the highly energetic remake of BLACK SABBATH's "Symptom Of The Universe", the lunacy of "Gates Of Hell", the addictive riff of "Hypocrisy", and the speed metal cover of "Phantom Of The Opera".
"The new music was written with passion and a sincere love for heavy metal," states Chris Impellitteri. "I think as a band we grow stronger with each new album. Our artistic abilities seem to get better with age, but at the same time we seem to sound even more energetic, crazy, and youthful with this release. You could say the music on this newest musical child is an extension of our previous record, 'Venom'. I love the 'Venom' record, but I am currently obsessed by 'The Nature Of The Beast'. We are thrilled to share this new music with our FANS and friends around the world and I really hope they like it!"
IMPELLITTERI recorded "The Nature Of The Beast" in Los Angeles, California with legendary engineer/producer Mike Plotnikoff (VAN HALEN, AEROSMITH, IN FLAMES), mix engineer Greg Reely (OVERKILL, FEAR FACTORY), and engineers Jun Murakawa and Sean Shannon.
Like their childhood musical heroes, including Vivaldi, IRON MAIDEN, QUEEN, BLACK SABBATH, Al DiMeola, Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin and Pavarotti, IMPELLITTERI strive for greatness — creating, performing and recording this new music with all four band members, Chris Impellitteri (guitars), Rob Rock (vocals), James Pulli (bass), and Jon Dette (drums) contributing stellar performances. The album was recorded in a grand fashion using large tracking rooms and vintage analog equipment to capture the bands live musical energy and performance.
"As a guitarist, I challenge myself to conquer my human limitations," continues Chris. "I practice for hours each day to improve my technique. I also spend a lot of time customizing my guitars, amps, and pedals to achieve this crazy guitar sound. On this new record my guitar sound is really me trying to create a tone that sounds a bit like a chainsaw blended with a beautiful Stradivarius violin. It is Beauty and the Beast with lots of pick attack! The guitar solos have lots of technical shredding elements, but at the same time they are very melodic and I think fun for everyone to listen too. The riffs are also exciting for me to play as there is a lot of obvious influences that I brought to this new record."
"The Nature Of The Beast" track listing:
03. Run For Your Life
04. Phantom Of The Opera
05. Gates Of Hell
06. Wonder World
07. Man Of War
08. Symptom Of The Universe (BLACK SABBATH cover)
09. Do You Think I'm Mad
10. Fire It Up
11. Kill The Beast
12. Shine On
Chris Impellitteri - Guitar
Rob Rock - Vocals
James Pulli - Bass
Patrick Johansson - Drums
Jon Dette - Drums*
* Appears on studio album