Steve Vai has announced the release of his new album, “Inviolate”, which arrives on January 28, 2022.
Vai’s 10th studio album — his first in six years — will feature nine songs, including the previously released “Knappsack” and “Candle Power”. Vai wrote and recorded “Knappsack” with just one hand at a time when he was recovering from trigger finger surgery while “Candle Power” saw him demonstrating a new technique he’s been developing that he calls “joint shifting”. He previously described “joint shifting” as “where you bend a note while fretting another, but I wanted to do this technique with a combination of double and triple stop single note bends while fretting other notes and releasing bends.”
Vai announced the follow-up to 2016’s “Modern Primitive” in a social media post, writing: “Yup, it’s ready. And it drops on January 28th, 2022. It’s called Inviolate. Enjoy the ride.”
“Inviolate” track listing:
01. Teeth Of The Hydra
02. Zeus In Chains
03. Little Pretty
04. Candle Power
05. Apollo In Color
07. Greenish Blues
09. Sandman Cloud Mist
Vai previously announced a 54-date U.S. tour, also called “Inviolate” which kicks off on January 27 in Las Vegas and will conclude on April 4 in Los Angeles.