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Friday, 16 April 2010

Tony Rombola (Godsmack/Another Animal)

Name: Tony Rombola
Born: 24th November, 1964 (Norwood, Massachusetts, USA)

Profile: He is a American musician who has been the lead guitarist for the hard rock band "Godsmack" since the mid 90's. Rombola has been cited as 'an extraordinaire' by 'Guitar World magazine', and is cited to be the only guitarist to keep an 'original soloing style' during the nu-metal period, earning him the respect of the guitar industry. He's also one of the most influential guitarists of the last decade and a guitarist for the side-project band "Another Animal".

History: He is a self-taught guitarist. He first picked up a guitar at age 11. According to his father, the first song he learned was a song by "Black Sabbath". The first introduction to rock music he encountered was the albums 'Led Zeppelin III', '2112' and 'We Sold Our Soul for Rock & Roll'. He also never took guitar lessons, he learned everything he knows from guitar magazines.

His first guitar was an Gibson SG copy, before moving to custom Gibson Les Pauls that he enjoys now. Early in the 90's, he played cover bands, funk, rock, classic rock, and metal, before meeting up with "Godsmack" vocalist Sully Erna and bassist Robbie Merrill while Rombola was playing the local circuit with some band playing covers of "Alice in Chains" and "Rage Against the Machine". They knew they needed someone with Rombola's skill to reach the success they have with "Godsmack".

In 1997, they recorded an EP which later became their self-titled debut album in 1998. Which went on to sell over 5 million copies in just a couple of years. The song 'Keep Away' was inducted into the top 100 greatest rock songs labeled under 'Guitar legends'. Recently, Rombola worked with Brain Coombes (Tristan Park) and Rocking Horse Studio, on the 'Prospect Hill Album'.

Influences: Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin

Axology: McNaught Guitars, Gibson Les Paul guitars, Ovation Balladeer 6751-CCB, Takamine Acoustic guitars, Yahama acoustic, Splawn Amplifiers (Splawn QR and Nitro) and Boss NS-2

Signature song(s): Keep Away - Godsmack (Godsmack, 1998), Trippin' - Godsmack (Awake, 2000) and I Stand Alone - Godsmack (Faceless, 2003)


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