Joe Stump was named by Guitar One magazine as one of the top 10 fastest shredders of all time, by Guitar World as one of the 50 fastest players of all time, and by Guitarist magazine as one of the top 20 shredders of all time. He has appeared in countless guitar and metal-based publications, fanzines, and webzines worldwide. Referring to his specialty as "full throttle neo- classical shred/speed metal," Stump has toured the world both as a solo artist and with metal bands Joe Stump's Reign Of Terror, HolyHell, RavenLord, and Exorcism. The Dark Lord Rises marks his 10th solo album. Stump has been the metal/shred guitar specialist at Berklee for the last 22 years.