Dean Cascione is an American Neoclassic Shred Guitarist who is an innovative force in today's shred 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 tribute album was released worldwide in 2010. "Neoclassical Fire" (2011) 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" is Dean’s latest chapter of pure NeoClassic Metal which is scheduled for a Summer 2015 release. Joining Cascione on this epic adventure rides 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), Joe Stump (Joe Stump Band, Holy Hell, Reign of Terror, Exorcism, Black Knights Castle) and Dave Mercado ( Shadow Eden). Influenced and inspired by decades of metal and classical music, Cascione holds the NeoClassic torch high and proud, as he prepares to deliver another volume of powerful guitar anthems! RIP and SHRED!
Dean is endorsed by: DC Custom Guitars, Pilarte Classical Guitars, Floyd Rose, Stone Tone, USA, Voodoo Amps USA, SIT strings, GraphTech, GuitarHeads, DOD/DigiTech, AMT, Ollmann, and Neo-Classic EFX.
“Im a player who mods and builds all of my own custom guitars, and am totally blown away by the fit, finish, and overall tonal quality the Stone Tone Floyd Rose sustain block. Installation was easy and the results were real…With the Stone Tone block installed, I immediately noticed an improvement with the dynamics of my sweep picked arpeggios. The arpeggios and pick attack seems to translate and respond much faster, and overall note separation was enhanced. The granite block offers a clean, organic sustain which works perfectly with my technical playing style.“Stone Tone added a Megalith of Tone to my guitar!” – Dean Cascione 2016