Joe Satriani Set To Release An 'Unstoppable Momentum' This May

Guitar virtuoso reveals details about the new album and his studio band lineup.

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Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani has decided to "break his cyberspace silence" and reveal the fans what has been up to these days. And it turns out he has some pretty big news. So not only did Satch announce the new album title and release date, but he also went on to reveal the new lineup of his studio band.

"After returning home from the last of three incredible G3 tours, I got down to writing music for a new solo record. A very prolific and cathartic two months followed resulting in a bundle of new music I was very excited to get recorded."

The new record will therefore be called "Unstoppable Momentum" and will be officially unleashed on May 7 via Epic Records. Apart from Satriani himself, the album lineup will include drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Mike Kenally on keyboards and Chris Chaney on bass. With Satriani and Mike Fraser at the helm of production, the release will feature a total of 16 new songs.

As far as the musicians he opted for go, Satch seems to be more than pleased with the choice he made.

"The chemistry between these awesome players was fantastic, and we blazed through all the tracks with everyone laying down amazing performances", the guitarist says via official website.

After the release, Satriani will launch a European tour with his touring band consisting of Mike Keneally on keyboards and guitar, bassist Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann on drums.

His latest album, "Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards", was released back in October 2010, also via Epic Records. Last year marked the release of a new live album called "Satchurated: Live in Montreal".

So are you looking forward to checking out the new record or what? And will you be seeing Satch on tour anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    "...reveal the fans what has been up to..." Get an editor for f**k's sake.
    He was #4? SERIOUSLY? I've met him and he's the nicest guy in the world.
    It was just an article, not a poll, based in a poor man's own oppinion. Also, the facts were just stupid.
    Yeah, Steve Vai made #1. I know, a heap of shit. A heap of shit is right.
    Steve is nice too. Pretty much everyone on that list is, really. Whoever wrote it must hate guitarists. Maybe a guitarist ran over his dog as a child.
    I've never met Joe or Steve but I have close friends who know both and both are said to be very nice, down to earth type guys.....
    I thought Joe got a whole crapload of tattoos. Then I just realized it was his gratuitous arm hair.
    I like to think that what once was his long 80's hair never left, but just transitioned to his arms. lol
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA lol i think guitarlad89 should have the medal along with unclejemima394
    I am torn - Where's Jeff? He's played drums on, almost (if not all) albums. What gives?
    Joe has Vinnie Colaiuta who is widely regarded as one of the best drummers of all times. His list of band that he records and performs with is unmatched. He is the cousin of one of my best friends and a very nice guy....
    I'm sure he's a great drummer and a great guy. That's besides the point though, if you meant that as an argument as to why replace Jeff.
    The man just pours out so many great songs so quickly.
    his last album was in 2010..... he took 3 years to make 1 album? that's quick?
    Well, since Crystal Planet he used to put an album every 2 years. This is the first time since 1995-1998 that he's taken 3 years to make a new one. Just a random factoid.
    His last album was fantastic, can't wait to hear his new stuff.
    Few days ago I'd read the article about Satch was number four as a douchiest guitarist. Well, I took that text with humor and even, douchiest or not... the man (mean Satch) is a big damn BAD**S. New album? HELL F**KIN YEAH!!!!!
    The title of this article makes it sound like he's releasing one copy of the album. It should just be: "Joe Satriani set to release "Unstoppable Momentum". No 'an' necessary. Sorry just annoyed me...
    I love how it looks like he has arm tats in the pic up there... it's really just a thick coat of hair, lol.
    Now I want tickets for the European tour... Which I already know I am not gonna get.
    If music was religion, Joe would be God!. I can die happy after I go to one of his concerts, praying he comes to Puerto Rico.
    cant wait.He's a guitar giant and still underrated.I'll hear where he's going with a song and bam,something more interesting.Other times he just lets it breathe,naturally.Love his work.
    It will never cease to amaze me how instrumental guitarists can memorize an album worth of technical music and then do it all over again in such a short period of time.
    I've seen all my favorite groups live. Satch is the last one on my list. Gotta catch'em on tour this time!