Guitar Connoisseur Review

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016

Mike Campese: From the Big Apple to the Music World By Andrew Catania Let’s talk about a boy who was born in New York and started playing guitar at the very young age of 13. His father and elder brother both were also a great violinist and guitarist. He was obsessed with guitar and used to listen and learn technique of JAZZ, POP, CLASSICAL and many other genres. His ideal was Black Sabbath and wants to be like them. I’m talking about a guitar guru none other than Mike Campese. His father played a vital role to absorb music into his soul. For graduation he moved into a Musicians Institute in Hollywood where he got company of GIT many great players such as Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Norman Brown, Stanley Jordan, Keith Wyatt and many more. After that he joined that era’s top band Mister Strange. That band performed on many big venues of state. He also becomes the part of many TV shows. Currently, he has his own column in the Italian magazine Axe and also writing guitar lessons for many renowned online sites like Guitar9.com, ibreathemusic, Chops from Hell, Shred Academy, Premier Guitar, The Sound Guitar magazine and many more. Mike performed and opened for many national acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen on 3 tours, Michael Schenker, The B-52’s, Lou Reed, The members of Yes and Asia, KC and the Sunshine Band, Spin Doctors, Little Steven, Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls, Sebastian Bach on 2 tours, Dokken, Kip Winger, Rik Emmett Of Triumph, Lizzy Borden, Vinnie Moore, Joe Bonamassa and more. After sometime he left the band and formed group Jeckyl and Hyde to work on his own solo projects. He formed his own band published his first release “Total Freedom”. After that 7 more solo albums are released by him. Mike instructs more than 70 students a week, and is one of the top instructors in the NY territory. He has a steady holding up rundown and some of Mike’s students are from or went to prominent bands. Mike also has the honor to play National Anthem in Pepsi Arena for local baseball team fans. Mike’s new release is ‘Chapters’ which is his 9th solo album. It is a blend of acoustic and electric genre music. Album is originally written in Italy and Hawaii and you can sense the feel of Italian music and...

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Chapters Cd, Review – Slammin Tunes

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016

Mike Campese — 9th solo album “Chapters” a real classic! Mike Campese is gonna release his 9th solo album in July. Its called Chapters. It’s an acoustic album with a splash of electric in it. When I read this I wondered what this meant. But the answer came when I tuned in to the first song. A wonderful mix of acoustic and electronic guitar melodies came out of my speakers. The balance between the 2 different styles is just in perfect harmony,. Mike takes you in 15 songs with him on a journey through Italy and then heading out to some of the nicest islands of Hawaii The compositions are fueled through inspiration while visiting new locations and how can you go wrong with a beautiful country like Italy. Not only is this album heavily inspired by Italy, but some of the compositions where written in some of the most beautiful islands of Hawaii as well, which Mike visits frequently. For those who haven’t heard of Mike Campese before. Think of Steve Vai meets Edward van Halen with a touch of Al Di Meola Which are also the guitar players who inspired him to take up the guitar. The opening track “The Quake of Laviano” is a great introduction to his guitar playing. And on how the album is inspired on events and places. The opening track is inspired from an earthquake that hit Italy several years ago. This song will make your feet move, and the solo in this song will blow you away. Petit but ow so powerful Mike is a versatile musician and he plays all the instruments on this album and performs the vocals as well. His voice is relaxed and dreamy. The second song on the album “You Take My Breath Away” Is the first introduction to his voice, and its just the right one for this song. It combines the acoustic and electronic guitar sound. For me this song is one of the highlights of the album, It reminds me of one of my favorite Bruce Kulick tracks “ I walk Alone” Im not Familiar with Mikes previous solo albums and only knew him of his work with “Trans Siberia Orchestra” But his album was a real eye opener for me and showed me there are some great guitar players out there who deserve the same status as to name one, most of...

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Chapters Cd Review – All About The Rock

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016

CD Reviews MIKE CAMPESE – CHAPTERS CD REVIEW Full feature – Click Here! Written by John Deaux Mike Campese is best known for his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, unleashes his 9th solo album on a ravenous audience.primarily an acoustic album with smatterings of electric there’s something about this album that gets the juices flowing. Especially on the vocal tracks (You Take My Breath Away, Lonely Road To Rome, Riding to Amalfi Coast, Ariel’s Dream & The Garden Isle) which break up the instrumental side of this record perfectly.When Campese shreds it’s like having an orgasm of epic proportions & this album will give you multiple ones.Full of Mediterranean flavors with flamenco & cheeky classical composer nods a plenty. There’s something on this album for every-one.Mike Campese Studio Footage Video – Click Here!   You Take My Breath Away has a Pink Floyd vibe to it. Psychedelic vocal style layered with Dave Gilmouresque melody lines & a solo that will melt your face.   Mike Campese Studio Footage, Guitar Solo Video – Click Here!   The way this album takes you on a musical journey is sublime. It’s not just for shred heads, musicians etc, this is totally accessible to any-one. Even the oldies will like this album (I know, I am one) Mike Campese, Teaser Video – Click Here!     This album is like silence, yet coloured in.   Due for release July 2016 via Limelight Records   Score...

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Chapters – Guitar club Magazine, Online Press

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016

View the full feature. Click Here!  online06 lug 2016 CHAPTERS, IL NUOVO ALBUM DI MIKE CAMPESE  Redazione  06 lug 2016 Albany, NY (Usa) – Esce alla metà di questo mese di luglio Chapters, la nuova release discografica di Mike Campese, il virtuoso chitarrista statunitense, polistrumentista e vocalist. Nono album, 15 tracce per 67 minuti di musica che Mike ha composto in viaggio tra le città italiane che ha visitato (Roma, Venezia, Treviso, Parma, Amalfi…) e poi alle isole Hawaii. Confessa Mike: Questo album in prevalenza è una raccolta di composizioni per chitarra acustica, con un tocco di elettrica che va ad aggiungere alla musica una maggiore espressività. Molti brani sono nati durante il mio viaggio in Italia e poi alle Hawaii; luoghi bellissimi, che mi hanno fornito una grossa ispirazione… Considerato tra i melodic shredder di gran calibro, Mike ama spaziare tra rock, funk e jazz, creando groove accattivanti e ritmiche coinvolgenti: insomma, quel che ha fatto anche nel suo nuovo album ma, stavolta, privilegiando la chitarra acustica (spesso aggressiva e spesso suonata in slap): il tutto, arricchito dai ficcanti interventi dell’elettrica e, qualche volta, dal sinuoso mood della slide guitar.   salva nei preferiti      leggi più tardi Mike Campese new cd Chapterschapters Mike Campese new cd Chapterschapters Mike Campese new cd...

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Bravewords Feature!

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016

MIKE CAMPESE JOINS INTO THE LIMELIGHT RECORDS FOR UPCOMING RELEASES   Original Feature:  Click Here! Mike Campese is a New York born guitarist that started playing guitar at the age of thirteen. He was exposed to a variety of music thanks to his father who is a virtuoso violinist. With influences like Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix, Al Di Meola and Van Halen, Mike became obsessed with the guitar. He attended lessons with a jazz guitarist and refined his technical skill through listening to Niccolo Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart and Yngwie Malmsteen amongst others.Being a very versatile guitarist, he has played with an African band, pop groups and jazz bands. His core style however revolves around rock fusion. Mike appeared on the Jason Becker tribute CD Warmth In The Wilderness which was an international release and has performed with many international acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, The B-52′s, Lou Reed, The members of YES and Asia, KC and the Sunshine band, Spin Doctors, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Kip Winger, Rik Emmett Of Triumph, Vinnie Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Jon Oliva, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and many more. Into The LimeLight Records will re-release some of Mike’s previous albums together with a Best Of collection. Mike is also working on a brand new album to be released spring 2017 on the LimeLight Records label. Campese has just released his newest album,...

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Mike Campese signs with Into the Limelight Records

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016

MIKE CAMPESE SIGNS WITH INTO THE LIMELIGHT RECORDS.   Original Feature.  Click Here. Mike Campese joins Into The LimeLight Records for upcoming releases Mike Campese is a New York born guitarist that started playing guitar at the age of thirteen. He was exposed to a variety of music thanks to his father who is a virtuoso violinist. With influences like Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix, Al Di Meola and Van Halen, Mike became obsessed with the guitar. He attended lessons with a Jazz guitarist and refined his technical skill through listening to Niccolo Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart and Yngwie amongst others. Being a very versatile guitarist, he has played with an African band, Pop groups and Jazz bands. His core style however revolves around Rock fusion. Mike appeared on the Jason Becker tribute Cd “Warmth In The Wilderness” which was an international release and has performed with many international acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, The B-52′s, Lou Reed, The members of YES and Asia, KC and the Sunshine band, Spin Doctors, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Kip Winger, Rik Emmett Of Triumph, Vinnie Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Jon Oliva, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and many more. Into The LimeLight Records will re-release some of Mike’s previous albums together with a “best of”. Mike is also working on a brand new album to be released spring 2017 on the LimeLight Records label. Please check out the 9th solo album of Mike named “Chapters” and is available from July 2016.   Mike Campese tekent bij Into The LimeLight Records voor aankomende releases Mike Campese, een in New York geboren gitarist, begon met gitaar spelen toen hij dertien was. Hij werd blootgesteld aan een verscheidenheid aan muziek met dank aan zijn vader, die ieen virtuose violist is. Met invloeden als Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix, Al Di Meola en Van Halen, werd Mike geobsedeerd met de gitaar. Hij volgde lessen bij een Jazz gitarist en verfijnd zijn technische vaardigheid door te luisteren naar onder andere Niccolo Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart en Yngwie Malmsteen. Omdat hij een zeer veelzijdig gitarist is, heeft hij gespeeld met een Afrikaanse band, popgroepen en Jazz bands. Zijn roots liggen echter bij Rock fusion. Mike verscheen op de Jason Becker tribute Cd “Warmth in the Wilderness” een internationale release en trad op met vele internationale acts, zoals Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, The B-52′s, Lou Reed, de leden van YES en Azië , KC and The Sunshine...

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MelodicRock.com Review of Chameleon

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014

MelodicRock.com Review of Chameleon

Mike Campese is back with a new solo release, titled “Chameleon”. This is Mike’s 8th solo CD,  it contains 12 new tracks and is a little over 60 minutes. This cd really packs a punch, If you heard Mike’s previous cd’s you will realize that he has really honed his writing and musicianship. The first track “To the 9’s” is slamming, it’s a blistering tune with incredible melody and alone it is worth the price of the cd. Not only is Mike a guitar virtuoso, but he does sing on a few tracks on this disc as well. The titled track “Chameleon” has some real nice haunting melodies and some nice lush vocal harmonies. There is some serious shredding on this cd and plenty of melody as well. With the blistering guitar and the Paganini inspired section in the tune “Raise the Bow” and the multiple meter changes in the song “Pasta and Bananas” that progressive rock fans will love. Mike returns with his blues roots on the tune “She Burnt the House Down”, which has some incredible soaring leads that are in your face and some real nice vocal melodies. Campese gets funky on this cd as well, the tunes “Funky Monkey Man” and “Firefly in a Bottle”, feature some pretty awesome funk grooves and some nice vocal lines. If you have been following Mike’s music and career, you will know that Mike is known for his great sense of melody and melodic shredding on the guitar. A perfect example of this is the tune “Flashback”, this beautiful ballad was inspired when Mike was living in Hollywood and attending Mi. “Vegas” (playing the slots) is probably one of the most unique tunes on the cd. When you are listening to this song, you will think you are in Vegas playing a slot machine. Now let’s cross the pacific ocean, the Hawaiian volcano inspired tune “Kilauea” erupts with some incredible guitar lines with some in your face guitars. For the first time on any Mike Campese cd, Mike has a very special guest, his friend and guitar legend, Vernon Reid of Living Colour. Mike and Vernon are trading off with some crazy solos at the end of the jazzy tune “Do it for the Cars” Mike is a very versatile guitarist and on each cd he incorporates a little jazz and other styles in his music, which makes him...

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Power Play Review of Chameleon

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014

Power Play Review of Chameleon

American guitarist Mike Campese and I share one thing. I wish it was musical prowess, but alas it’s not. He’s good on the old guitar, while I’m not. He’s probably best known for his short stint with Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 2004 for the album “The Lost Christmas Eve.’ Other than that, he has released eight solo albums. “Chameleon” being the latest, although this did first see the light of day back in 2013. This album is slightly different from your usual guitar virtuoso release, as Mike includes five tracks that have vocals. These are sandwiched in between pure instrumental tracks. One school of thought in doing this could be that it provides a break from the shredding and apparent cramming of notes into bars of songs, which is quite overpowering. if you want to know what a tune with 64 notes in a bar sounds like (a hemi demi semi quarter) then I’m sure there’s bucket loads in here. Another school of thought might be that it provides a change of pace. Slightly slower, more melodic songs with a bit more soul and character doesn’t do the overall feel of the album any...

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