Across his five solo albums, featuring various accomplished players and producers, Angel Vivaldi has produced transcendent songs that communicate dynamic and uncompromisingly intense emotions across the full spectrum. Combining youthful exuberance with deep reverence for the genre’s forbearers, Vivaldi has quickly ascended to breathe the same creative air as the biggest names in rock guitar through his artistically ambitious undertakings.
Vivaldi, starting his solo career in 2003, joined forces with the newly reformed 40 Below Summer in 2008. He continued to release multiple solo albums including the critically acclaimed Universal Language in 2010, which has become a must-hear staple in today’s instrumental album catalog. In 2012, Vivaldi joined supergroup Vext featuring Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, Divine Heresy) as well as members from Mutiny Within. After the loss of his best friend to ALS in 2014, not long after the crowd-funded release of Away With Words Part 1, Angel realized that the only thing worse than living with regret would be to die with it. So in 2015, putting his confidence and trust in his audience, Vivaldi quit his day job, committing himself fulltime to his career in music.
His latest full-length album, Synapse, is a conceptual opus. It’s a dense exploration of the complex actions and reactions of the mind which either inspire or mirror (depending on one’s belief) the multitude of emotions each individual experiences.
Vivaldi’s commitment to his art is total; during the recording process, he painted and repainted his studio to correspond with the mood of each song. Tracks like “Adrenaline,” “Oxytocin,” “Dopamine,” “Endorphin,” and “Serotonin” musically elicit the exact type of emotions implied by connotation.
Synapse sees Vivaldi joyously matching musical wits with a number of his talented contemporaries. “Serotonin” features Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper) who also appears in its corresponding music video; All That Remains guitarist (and former Guitar World columnist) Oli Herbert guests on “Dopamine”; tourmate Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne, Dream Evil) joins “Oxytocin.”
Vivaldi is a strong, integral and exciting addition to the crew of neo-virtuosos making progressive metal fans out of a new generation of listeners and players; people like Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) and Misha Mansoor (Periphery). In late 2017, Angel Vivaldi launched and headlined his annual The Guitar Collective Tour featuring Scale The Summit, offering special masterclass experiences as they traveled the United States.