Dean Cascione is an American Neoclassic Shred Guitarist who is an innovative force in today’s instrumental rock guitar scene. In a genre overflowing with self-proclaimed speed freaks, Cascione is committed to shattering the shred stereotypes, delivering melodic neoclassic metal filled with passion and contrast.
Experts have described Dean’s command of the instrument as “A showcase of Neoclassical fretboard pyrotechnics”, “Dangerous with a guitar”, “Vicious, high tech
and aggressive”, “Channeled the spirit of Rhoads and the best of Malmsteen”, and “A bright star on the international guitar scene”.
Dean’s debut CD “Guitar Chop Shop” released in 2008, merited Guitar9’s #1 chart ranking in May of that year, and an overall ranking of #2 in their Top Sellers chart for Neoclassical Metal in 2008.
In honor of one of Metal’s greatest legends, Dean joined forces with the mighty MANOWAR to record “Magic: A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio.” Straight from the heart, Dean embraced Dio’s legacy with his own haunting instrumental interpretation of his Elf classic Nevermore. The DIO tribute album was released worldwide in 2010.
In 2011, Dean Cascione teamed up with keyboardist Mike Troy (Yngwie Malmsteen) to record “Neoclassical Fire” which conjured a “Blend of fierce fret board assault with strong, powerful melodic phrasing”. The album merited Guitar9’s #1 chart ranking in sales during July and August of 2011, and held for a strong 7 weeks in the Top 10 charts for Neoclassical Metal, Shred, and Instrumental Rock genres.
“Shred Crusade” (2015) inflicted a pure dose of neoclassic metal to the masses. Joining Cascione on this epic adventure was Kenny Lane Swartz (Drums), Paul Ranieri ( Bass), Rich Kelly (Orchestration) and a cavalry of guitar wielding wizards to include: David “The Shred Demon” Shankle (DSG, Devil Land, Voodoo Gods, MANOWAR) Dave Mercado (Shadow Eden) and Joe Stump ( Berklee College of Music Professor, Joe Stump Band, Tower of Babel). Influenced and inspired by decades of metal and classical music, Cascione raises the neoclassic torch high and proud, as he delivers another volume of powerful, memorable guitar anthems!
Dean Cascione can be heard on Joe Stumps 2016 Lion Music Release “The Dark Lord Rises / Brothers in Shred” and is featured in the live performance DVD “Dean
Cascione – Live at the SENE Film & Music Festival” released 10/2016.
“I’ve Known Dean Cascione for many years and it’s great to see his playing, composing, and control of the instrument continue to evolve. The new Live video captures his playing
at its highest level with Dean at the top of his game…KILLER STUFF” - Joe Stump ( Berklee College of Music, Joe Stump Band, Holy Hell)
To stay up to date on Dean’s current projects visit : http://www.deancascione.com/