Chris Impellitteri was one of those guitar slingers who played so fast, even 10,000 speed film
couldn't capture his licks (he is the one with the guitar in the
photo, not the guy who looks likes like he belongs on Miami Vice).
The band Impellitteri's first release was a
EP back in 1987. The vocalist for this initial release was Rob
Rock, although Graham Bonnet (former member of Rainbow, MSG, and
Alcatrazz) was tapped as vocalist for the more widely known release, Stand in Line.
Some of you may remember that Chris Impellitteri was an occasional guest
host for Headbanger's Ball.
Rob Rock returned for the 1993 release, Victim of the
System. Subsequent albums featured either Rob Rock,
Graham Bonnet, and a new vocalist by the name of Curtis Skelton.
It is worth mentioning to us that Impellitteri is often
cited as being a Christian band. Not all members of Impellitteri
over the years have been Christian, although Chris, Rob, and Ken are
publicly Christian. As owners of nearly all material released by
Impellitteri, we can attest to the fact that some songs do have
Impellitteri is one of our favorite metal bands.
Out of all the albums, Grin
and Bear It is our favorite. These guy's can really play. At the time of this writing, the Impellitteri was as
1988: Stand in Line
1992: Grin and Bear It
1994: Answer to the Master
1996: Screaming Symphony
1997: Eye of the Hurricane
2002: System X
2002: The Very Best of Impellitteri: Faster Than the Speed of Light
2004: Pedal to the Metal
2009: Wicked Maiden