James Norbert Ivanyi might not be a household name in shred just yet, but he’s got the chops and compositions to get him there. His combination of progressive songwriting and tasty/sometimes shreddy licks put him in the same ballpark as Nick Johnston or Sean Ashe, but just a bit more metal. He’s like an Aussie, proggier Steve Vai.


As an official Suhr artist, he plays some seriously pretty and classy axes (more on that later this week in his Rigged) that sound great. Interestingly, he seems to use mostly single-coil tones, which offer a great deal of definition and are a departure from the typical metal humbucker sound. He demonstrates the dynamic nature of this sound, along with an excellently unique riff in the following video:

Snag the tab for this riff here: Precarious Passage TAB

The song in question is “Precarious Passage” from James’ new album The Matter Circumventionavailable for download on his Bandcamp page.

Be sure to check back for more on James during Australia Week!

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