STEVE VAI – Inviolate

STEVE VAI - Inviolate
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    STEVE VAI - Inviolate - 10/10


Label: Favored Nations/Mascot Label Group
Release date: January 28, 2022

User Review
9/10 (1 vote)

Real Guitar Heroes

Steve Vai has long been a legend on guitar, from his early days with Frank Zappa, to his time in Alcatrazz replacing Yngwie Malmsteen, his monster hit albums with David Lee Roth, and his time in Whitesnake. With a career playing guitar that spans over 40 years, Steve Vai has constantly changed the definition of what is possible on guitar. With his new solo album – Inviolate, we see a well-seasoned Vai doing everything we love on an album that surpasses his previous efforts, and then some.

Classic Vai

Steve Vai – Inviolate is an instrumental album with many different musical styles, keeping the listener guessing as to what treat is next. One unique feature of the album is Steve Vai’s use of his Gretsch Hollow body guitar, giving him a very smooth sound. The album has several outstanding musicians who contributed such as Dave Rosenthal, Vinny Colaiuta, Terry Bozzio, Henrik Linder, and Bryan Beller. One of the things Steve Vai has, is total control over his guitar, from the lightest touch of a hand on the neck, to where he stands in relation to his amp to get the right feedback, he does it all.

Final Notes

With 9 awesome tracks of guitar wizardry and production values to match, Steve Vai – Inviolate is one very listenable album. Perfect for when you want to zone out while working on projects, driving, or pretty much anything. For fans of any guitar style, and anyone just into fantastic instrumental music, this album is a definite gem, and should be in your collection. Don’t just stream the music you love, support the artist and own it.

Steve Vai playing Gretsch guitar
Steve Vai playing his Gretsch guitar he used on Inviolate.


Steve Vai – guitars
Philip Bynoe – bass
Jeremy Colson – drums

guest musicians:

Dave Rosenthal
Vinny Colaiuta
Terry Bozzio
Henrik Linder
Bryan Beller

Inviolate – Tracklist

01. Teeth of the Hydra
02. Zeus in Chains
03. Little Pretty
04. Candlepower
05. Apollo In Color
06. Avalancha
07. Greenish Blues
08. Knappsack
09. Sandman Cloud Mist


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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