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TONY MACALPINE is an American virtuoso guitarist and keyboardist.
Before he began to play guitar, TONY MACALPINE had formal music training in playing classical violin and piano.
He cites Romantic era composer and piano virtuoso Chopin as one of his biggest influences and as a tribute TONY MACALPINE played his own interpretations of Chopin pieces on many of his solo albums.
TONY MACALPINE is widely regarded as a big influence to the neo-classical metal genre of the 80s, helping the genre to develop, but often adding in blues and jazz fusion elements in too and the result was some of the earlier known prog metal made.
His first two albums, "Edge Of Insanity" and "Maximum Security" are the two prime examples of his great contribution to the 1980s metal scene.
He also appears on other influential 80s instrumental rock/neo classical metal albums as a keyboardist, such as Vinnie Moore's "Mind's Eye" and Joey Tafolla's "Out of the Sun".
During the 90s, he worked again with Vinnie and also worked with Ukrainian-American composer and piano virtuoso.
Since 2000, he worked with the fusion-metal band Planet X, featuring on their first two studio albums and a live album and played guitar and keyboards in Steve Vai's touring band, The Breed, up until 2006 when he left to pursue other projects.

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TONY MACALPINE has been part of the progressive metal world since the 1980s and has been influential on the genre and it's development.

See also:

- CAB
- Devil's Slingshot
- Planet X

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  • Tony MacAlpine + LoNero + Kris Petersen at RockBar Theater, San Jose, CA on 2 Jun 2015
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  • Tony MacAlpine + Aquiles Priester + Bjorn Englen at The Underworld, Camden on 16 Oct 2015
  • Tony MacAlpine at Razzmatazz 3, Barcelona on 12 Nov 2015
  • Tony MacAlpine at Sala Lˇpez, Zaragoza on 13 Nov 2015
  • Tony MacAlpine at Cats, Madrid on 14 Nov 2015

TONY MACALPINE discography


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4.25 | 16 ratings
Edge Of Insanity
1986
4.06 | 17 ratings
Maximum Security
1987
2.50 | 6 ratings
Eyes of the World
1990
3.12 | 6 ratings
Freedom To Fly
1992
3.69 | 4 ratings
Madness
1993
2.47 | 6 ratings
Premonition
1994
3.75 | 8 ratings
Evolution
1995
3.60 | 6 ratings
Violent Machine
1996
2.83 | 6 ratings
Master Of Paradise
1999
3.72 | 9 ratings
Chromaticity
2001
3.44 | 9 ratings
Tony MacAlpine
2011
2.67 | 3 ratings
Concrete Gardens
2015

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Live Insanity
1997

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Collection - The Shrapnel Years
2006

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 Premonition by MACALPINE, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1994
2.47 | 6 ratings

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Tony MacAlpine Progressive Metal

Review by kluseba

2 stars The music of Tony MacAlpine seemed intriguing enough to me to be tried out at least once as I read a few interesting reviews about it recently. I decided to go for "Premonition" for the simple reason that the song titles seemed promising and diversified to me. I'm really interested in exotic cultures, world history and classic music and titles like "Winter In Osaka", "The Czar" or "The Violin Song" woke a glimmer of hope and interest in me.

Well, you see me pretty much disappointed as the album doesn't hold what it seems to promise. There are no violin parts, no exotic folk sounds, and no historical elements. This album is just a random happy metal shred record filled with overwhelming riff masturbation. MacAlpine is surely a gifted player but he has no vision, no concept and not quite a diversity of emotions to share with us. After a few songs, he repeats himself and the album gets quite boring and only convinces as solid background music or for the guitar players out in the world that want to learn something from this gifted musician. Technically, this album is interesting but practically, it's forgettable. Anybody else won't be attracted by this album. A few memorable melodies and well made solos can't save much in here as the same patterns are repeated in an exhaustive way.

Even the solo albums of Timo Tolkki are more entertaining as they are at least more experimental. Another reviewer said that this album has fewer experiments and goes back to the basics. Well, it goes too much back to basic boredom and I should have probably checked out a different album from Tony MacAlpine first but let me tell you that my first experience didn't charm me enough to waste more time and attention on this. A good regular album of progressive, neoclassical or power metal will do a better job than this mediocre effort.

Originally published on www.metal-archives.com on October 5th of the year 2011.

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 Violent Machine by MACALPINE, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.60 | 6 ratings

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Violent Machine
Tony MacAlpine Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars Another great album of one of the most important guitar players of today!Seconded by 2 excellent instrumentists-the drum machine Mike Terrana and the very efficient bass player Kevin Chown,Mr Macalpine delivered another excellent instrumental pearl!Nothing new under the sun-the same inspired compositions and diversity in music,combined with the alchemy formed between all 3 aces on their instruments-VIOLENT MACHINE is an album that marks the progression of MACALPINE under all aspects-especially composition-tchnical abilities and manner of approach for the instrument,because he started to be more open minded towards other musical styles!Shortl time after this album Tony started his collaboration with PLANET X and CAB which are 2 very different musical styles-atomic fusion and jazz rock,but both at the same stellar level!!So,very,very good instrumental music-guitar orientated,with some touch of fusion and funk sometimes,plus the classic CHOPIN etude-a wonderful offering for the great piano player-performed by this musical genius called TONY MACALPINE!Absolutelly enjoyable from the first to the last track-an important album in the career of this sensational musician! 4.5 stars for a very,very good album for one of the kings of shred and an essential guitar player!

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 Madness by MACALPINE, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.69 | 4 ratings

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Tony MacAlpine Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars Madness is an excellent album of TONY MACALPINE,and no need to mention that this time ,he's surrounded by some excellent musicians again-Larry Dennison on bass and monster drummer Glen Sobel!The final result is at the height of our expectations-nothing breathtaking or sensational-just good quality TONY MACALPINE stuff!One of the high qualities of this album is it's great diversity and richness in musical expression -from pure fusion to neoclassical shred-from crunchy metal riffs to more world orientated music! Maybee,MADNESS is -from this pont of view-the most diverse MACALPINE material!There's no boring song on Madness,all tracks are excellent ,the album has rhythm,the balance between the tracks are perfectly well thinked and in the end we have the satisfaction of a good audition made!It's not at all an album only for musicians,it's a very good album undoubtedly with excellent compositions,and any MACALPINE fan and guitar shred fan will apprciate this album at 100 %!Of course,Tony's solos are mindblowing and spectacular-the CHOPIN piano song is present ,as usual,and it';s impressive again this album is a major step ahead compared to the mediocre FREEDOM TO FLY,the alchemy between all 3 musicians is perfect!I repeat-the perfect word to describe this album is DIVERSITY!A solid release for one of the best guitar players in the world!4 STARS !

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 Freedom To Fly by MACALPINE, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.12 | 6 ratings

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Tony MacAlpine Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars His forth studio album under his name from 1992 named Freedom to fly is another worthy album, but this time the album sounds to me a little more orientated to hard rock then to that excellent neo classical fusion metal from Maximum security, no less a good work. Tony Mac Alpine besides the fact that he has a great contribution in many albums from bands and artist across the years both on guitar or keybords, like on Joey Tafolla - Out of the sun where he done some excellent keybords arrangements, and as fusion guitarist in CAB, Planet X, etc, always he is top notch in technque and in special arrangenents, he is a very good and trained pianist , just check out Chopin Etude #2, Opus #25, just great cover of master Chopin. So, this album is another worthy one, more towards rock then on metal side but keeping the elements from before, that neo classical signature from first 2 albums, he is instantly recognizable in style. He is helped with famous Terrana on drums, puting vein in the album on every pieces. The best track is for sure first one Ice princes and Stream Dream showing he is one of the ebst in his field for sure. No much to add, if you want to search for some MacAlpine albums stars with first 2 and then this one, the best from his catalogue, at least for me. 3 stars for Fredom to fly , good but not realy outstanding.

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 Maximum Security by MACALPINE, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.06 | 17 ratings

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Tony MacAlpine Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Tony MacAlpine is one of the most influencial guitarist and keybordist from metal zone and music in general. His career lasting for more then 25 years is somthing to sudy by guitarists , mostly the younger ones, his contribution to music is essential in my opinion. Maxim security his second studio album from solo career, appear under his name in 1987 and is a killer one for sure. This album togert with his first shown how talented and versatile this musicin is. I think in comparation with other names from progressive metal, metal and neo classical metal Tony Mac Alpine is quite underrated. This album is first class, the songwriting and arrangements are some of the best neoclassical instrumental parts ever created by a guitarist, smooth, elegant, inventive and very well performed. The progressive elements are all over the place with nice keybords interluded with guitar.Excellent chops and very intristing arrangenets, I like a lot his guitar tone. Is no wonder because the musicians involved here are top notch Deen Castronovo on drums from Ozzy Osbourne fame, the famous guitarist George Lynch on couple of pieces, becaus the restof the guitar parts, keybords and bass lines are made by Tony himself. So, top album top musicinsm. All pieces stands out for sure, just check out Hundreds Of Thousands , Tears of sahara or The King's Cup, very technical album, the intensity of the guitar is superb and yet very powerfull here showing a true master of the 6 strings. Recommended album who desearve for my side no less then 4 stars, my fav Tony MacAlpine album for sure, maybe together with first one, excellent work who needs a better view, or a far more recognition.

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 Edge Of Insanity by MACALPINE, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.25 | 16 ratings

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Tony MacAlpine Progressive Metal

Review by horticulture52

5 stars This album is unbelievable. If you thought the shred world was bland and made cliche by artists like Yngwie and Joe Stump, think again. This album is tasteful and wealth thought out, with melodies that with knock your socks off. Tony Macalpine is passionate about writing and his inspiration is genuine. His sense of phrasing and melody comes from his background in classical piano training, mainly Chopin.

The best tracks are 01: Wheel Of Fortune , 02: The Stranger , 05: Empire In The Sky 06: The Witch And The Priest , and 10: The Raven . I have never heard the Japanese bonus track. Plus, Billy Sheehan is on this record, and he's the best rock bass player in the biz. Additionally, Macalpine plays all the keys on the album and he sounds divine. Personally, I think he's a better guitar player than piano player, but his ownership of both instruments is pretty stellar. He's one of the best melody writers in the biz. Buy this CD.

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 Edge Of Insanity by MACALPINE, TONY album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.25 | 16 ratings

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Edge Of Insanity
Tony MacAlpine Progressive Metal

Review by Nightfly
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4 stars The 80's was a golden era for guitar shredders, seemingly a week never going by without a new release featuring one of the guitar gods of the time from the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, Marty Friedman and of course Steve Vai to name a few. Many were part of successful metal bands but there was also a myriad of guitar virtuosos releasing entirely instrumental albums. One of the better players in this field is Tony MacAlpine who's debut album Edge Of Insanity is an impressive blend of classical influenced power metal.

As well as supplying incredibly dextrous guitar shredding MacApline is an equally adept keyboard player and he keeps good company too, being aided by Billy Sheehan, at the time with Mr Big on bass and Steve Smith, ex-Journey on drums, both excellent and highly regarded players in their own right. Where Edge Of Insanity had an edge over most the guitar shredding instrumental releases of the time was that it wasn't just a showcase for MacAlpine to show the world how fast he could play, he could also write a tune with a strong melody. While the twelve songs here, with the exception of the keyboard driven interlude of Chopin Prelude 16, Opus 28 may not stray far from the neo classical metal template, what they lack in variety they make up for in instantly accessible hooks alongside an impressive display of instrumental chops from all three players.

His follow up album Maximum Security was equally good but I'm afraid I lost track of his solo work after that. Of course many people here at PA will know him for his work with Planet X where I believe he has now returned. However, I digress; Edge Of Insanity has stood the test of time well and is still an impressive collection of instrumental power metal.

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 Chromaticity by MACALPINE, TONY album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.72 | 9 ratings

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Tony MacAlpine Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars This is one of the best albums of the guitar chameleon called TONY MACALPINE!This man started as a neoclassical shredder guitarist from the SHRAPNEL RECORDS armada,led by the genius MIKE VARNEY,the man who discovered so many brilliant guitar players in the middle of the '80's.Let's name a few...GREG HOWE,JASON BECKER,MARTY FRIEDMAN,PAUL GILBERT,MICHAEL LEE FIRKINS,VINNIE MOORE,RITCHIE KOTZEN among others.And Mr Macalpine exploded literally with EDGE OF INSANITY many years ago!Time passed by and this extremelly talented guitar player and pianist too,tried other musical adventures with PLANET X...CAB...or collaborations with VITALIJ KUPRIJ...JOEY TAFOLLA...STEVE VAI...He is absolutelly able to play no matter what musical style...from furious neoclassical to pure shred,from blues to fusion and high tech fusion-PLANET X is a great example!So,after this long,maybee too long introduction,let's say a few words about this sensational CHROMATICITY!A pure musical jewel,where Tony gets a serious hand from the ace genius drumer STEVE SMITH and the spectacular BARRY SPARKS from COSMOSQUAD and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN on bass!This album is very diverse,it's more in the vein of PLANET X,so more fusion oriantated than the previous ones!It's very well composed,with superbe keyboards interventions and the usual Chopin piano solo- Macalpine's favourite piano author,composer present on each album!DIGITALIS DESTRUCTI,ISIS and CITY BENEATH THE SEA are typically fusion songs,but AVENGER is a pure neoclassical furious track with all the standard ingredients!The playing of Macalpine is so diverse,that's why I can say that this album is his most mature and elaborated solo album so far!!! 4 ,5 STARS for a complete and complex album!

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