It’s not too often that a young musician breaks through the barriers of multiple genres unscathed and comes out looking like the next big star, but that’s exactly what guitarist Jacky Vincent has done over the last few years.
Back in October of 2013, Vincent, lead guitarist of pop-metal band Falling In Reverse, released his solo instrumental album Star X Speed Story on Shrapnel Records. Shrapnel has long been home to some of the greatest shredders in the world, and Jacky Vincent proves that they have once again hit the mark. The album is overflowing with technical skill and melody and features not only the rising star of Vincent, but some of his greatest influences and counterparts in the guitar world- Doria Lorina, Michael Angelo Batio, and Paul Gilbert.
Star X Speed Story continues to showcase not only his ability to shred with the best of the best, but also his incredible ear for catchy melodies, even without the help of a vocalist to guide him. Throughout the album’s 13 instrumental tracks, which feature anything from 80’s metal to power metal to electronic-jazz-fusion-core, Vincent demonstrates that his technique is beyond just technical skill.The ability to compose songs that bounce back and forth between shred-heavy guitar, trance beats, and sky-rocketing choruses, is an impressive display of what can happen when Vincent is unleashed.
A few years ago, he was just a young kid trying to join a band that wasn’t even really a band yet (Falling In Reverse), formed by a controversial singer who wasn’t even free yet (Ronnie Radke), in a country that he hadn’t been to yet. However, proof of his skill and success are now plastered almost everywhere, from this highly viewed shred session at Loudwire, to the solo of the year that blazes through the Falling In Reverse track “Born To Lead”, and now his solo album Star X Speed Story, Jacky Vincent has already built his resume as one of the most promising guitarists in recent memory. Equipped with his own signature guitar from Dean, he has landed awards and mentions and even his own column from Guitar World, and been nominated for the 1st ever Alternative Press Awards for Guitarist of the Year.
I talked with Jacky recently about Star X Speed Story, power metal, and everything else that contributed to his whirlwind ride to becoming one of the top guitarists in the world.