Michael Angelo Batio (born February 23, 1956) also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is a guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois. His work has encompassed many genres, notably metal and its subgenres. Batio was voted the "No. 1 Shredder of All Time" by Guitar One Magazine in 2003. He was also listed as one of the "Top 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" by Guitar World Magazine, for which he wrote the column Time to Burn, and one of the "20 Greatest Shredders of All Time" by Total Guitar Magazine, both in April 2008. Batio also won the 2009 Guitar World Magazine Readers Choice award in the "Best Shredder" category. In November 2011, Michael won the Guitar World Magazine Readers Choice Award and was voted the "Fastest Guitarist of All Time." Over 440,000 votes were cast.
The album is to be funded through kickstarter.com, this is what he wrote about it:
“Intermezzo” is an album of all original songs, most of which I wrote in late 2011. These songs were based on ideas that I recorded while being on tour during the last few years. I would get an idea – any time day or night and record it to my iPhone. I had over 100 song parts and ideas recorded and used what I considered were the best ones as a basis for writing the songs on this record. “Intermezzo” is filled with my “signature” electric guitar playing, but also features my new MAB 7, 7 string guitar for extra heaviness and energy, plus several acoustic guitar songs and solos. I am also showcasing my piano playing much more on this record than any of my other solo albums. This is my most ambitious album project ever and I promise, with your support this will be my best record yet! As the album gets closer to being finished, I will post audio and video samples on my YouTube site and keep you updated as much as possible. Thank you for your time.
Michael Angelo Batio