Maxxxwell Carlisle

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Maxxxwell Carlisle
Born (1983-07-03) July 3, 1983 (age 31)
Woodinville, WA U.S.
Genres Power Metal, Heavy Metal
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts Michael Angelo Batio Hellion Ann Boleyn Ethan Brosh Tina Guo Nita Strauss Rick Renstrom Deathriders Dave Chedrick Neil Turbin
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Maxxxwell Carlisle (Maxxxwell McHugh Carlisle) is an American Heavy Metal guitarist, songwriter, producer and bodybuilder from Los Angeles, California. He is the current guitarist in the American Heavy Metal band Hellion. He is also known for his work as a solo artist, as a former member of the American Thrash band Deathriders, and for his collaborations with other notable musicians such as Michael Angelo Batio, Tina Guo, Nita Strauss, and Ethan Brosh.


Carlisle was born and raised in Woodinville, a suburb of Seattle, Washington. He studied music in school, beginning at age 8 on the Violin. As he grew older he eventually switched to playing Bass and then Guitar. In 1998 at the age of 15 he formed the band Graceful Chaos with several of his local celebrity friends. The band played around the Seattle area for several years and recorded an EP and one full-length album. The band eventually broke up in 2004. 3 years later he moved to Los Angeles, California and began to further develop his career as a guitarist and songwriter.[1]


Carlisle is the current guitarist for American Speed Metal band Hellion (band). In June of 2013 the new Hellion line-up which also includes Ann Boleyn, Simon Wright and Bjorn Englen began working with veteran producer Ken Scott on a new album.[2][3] The first of the newly recorded material was released on the double disc compilation album "To Hellion and Back" on April 1st, 2014. This is being followed by an EP of all new music titled, "Karma's a Bitch" in October of 2014. Hellion has also announced the "Karma's a Bitch North American Tour" in support of the new EP.[4]


After moving to Los Angeles in 2007, Carlisle released his first solo album, "Ramming Speed" in 2008. Since then he has released a full-length instrumental album, "Speed Force" in 2010 as well as two vocal based EPs, "Visions of Victory" and "Full Metal Thunder" in 2012 and 2013, respectively.[5] He has also released 3 music videos for the songs, "Speed Force", "Power Angel" and "Full Metal Thunder". The last 2 were directed by Society 1 frontman Matt Zane.[6][7] In April of 2014 Carlisle released the single "Visions of Speed and Thunder" as the title track to his upcoming compilation album. [8]


In 2011 Carlisle played in Deathriders, the Los Angeles based thrash band led by original Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin on the band's "Stay Scream'n 2011 Tour".


Over the course of his solo career Carlisle has collaborated with many different musicians on various recording projects. In 2009 he released a single "Duet for Electric Guitar and Electric Cello in A minor" with electric cellist Tina Guo.[9] He would also make an appearance in the music video for her song "Forbidden City" 2 years later. Additionally he appeared in the music video for the Byron Gore song "Grey".[10] On Carlisle's "Speed Force" instrumental album in 2010, he featured guitarist Michael Angelo Batio on the song "Axis Accelerator".[11] Later that same year he would write, produce and perform on a song which was released on Michael Angelo Batio's "Hands Without Shadows II - Voices" album. On his two vocal based solo albums he has featured several other guitarists including Nita Strauss, Ethan Brosh, Rick Renstrom and Dannyjoe Carter.[12] Carlisle has also performed on a track for the upcoming Michael Angelo Batio "Intermezzo" album, scheduled for release in September 2013. The album also features George Lynch, Rusty Cooley, Craig Goldy, Jeff Loomis, Guthrie Govan, Dave Reffett, Joe Stump and others.[13]


Carlisle competed in 24 bodybuilding competitions from 2002 to 2009. Out of the 24 competitions, he won his weight class 8 times, placed in the top 5 20 times, and also won 3 "Best Poser" awards (a presentation award). He is currently on hiatus from competitive bodybuilding due to his recording and touring schedule although he has stated that he is still, "dedicated to the bodybuilding lifestyle" and looks forward to a time when he can return to competition.[14][15][16]




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