Mike Chlasciak

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Mike Chlasciak
"Metal" Mike Chlasciak live with Sebastian Bach on July 11, 2008 at the Moondance Jam
Background information
Birth nameMichael Chlasciak
Also known as"Metal" Mike Chlasciak
Metal Mike
Born (1971-12-24) December 24, 1971 (age 47)
Warsaw, Poland
GenresHeavy metal
Years active1988[1]-present
Associated actsHalford, Sebastian Bach, Testament, Jim Breuer, Painmuseum
WebsiteOfficial website

"Metal" Mike Chlasciak (born December 24, 1971) is a Polish-American musician. Best known as the guitarist for Halford, led by Rob Halford. With well over a million records sold, Chlasciak and Halford have toured the world several times over with the likes of Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe. Mike has additionally toured with Bay Area thrash metal band Testament, Saturday Night Live's comedian Jim Breuer and recorded / toured with Sebastian Bach. Chlasciak's touring has taken him to sold-out concerts at NYC’s Madison Square Garden and the Playboy Mansion.

Mike has additionally shared stages or recordings with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses and Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche.

Mike is a scholarship graduate of Berklee College Of Music. He has released several records as a solo artist and with Painmuseum. Chlasciak also writes his own monthly "Metal For Life" column in Guitar World and often contributes career and music related blogs for guitarworld.com and other publications. Mike released several metal guitar instructional books and DVDs.

As a solo artist Mike Mike supported Steve Morse, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ronnie Montrose, Savatage, Primal Fear, Sebastian Bach and Eric Martin of Mr. Big. Mike's solo band PainmuseuM has toured with Halford, Testament, Amon Amarth and others.

Mike additionally leads Metal Heroes Academy - a learning portal for metal guitarists and musicians. Metal Heroes's crown jewel is the annual Metal Heroes Summer Camp that takes place annually in the Catskill Mountains of up-state New York. Mike continues to lead workshops and clinics across the US spotlighting Heavy Metal guitar playing.

Mike's has contributed songs to "Songs From The Garage" album from Saturday Night Live alumni Jim Breuer and has been providing lead guitar duties for Jim's Band, Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy.


As Mike Chlasciak[edit]

  • Territory: Guitar Kill!!! (2000)

As Metal Mike Chlasciak[edit]

  • The Spilling (2001)
  • This Is War (EP) (2012)
  • The Metalworker (2013)

With Isolation Chamber[edit]

  • Grind Textural Abstractions (1996)

With Halford[edit]

With John West[edit]

  • Earthmaker (2002)

With Joacim Cans[edit]

  • Beyond the Gates (2004)

With Painmuseum[edit]

With Sebastian Bach[edit]


  • Ridiculous Riffs for the Terrifying Guitarist (2007)
  • Monster Coordination – Guitar Boot Camp (2007)
  • This River Shall Burn (2011)
  • Classic Metal Essentials - Download Pack (2012)


With Halford[edit]

  • Live At Rock In Rio (2008)
  • Live In Anaheim (2010)
  • Live At Saitama Super Arena (2011)

With Sebastian Bach[edit]

  • Road Rage (2007)


  • Metal For Life! (2013)
  • 20 Essential Metal Licks (2013)

Guest Appearances[edit]


  • Mike LePond - Silent Assassins (2014)
  • Iceland - Iceland (2013)
  • Sylencer - A Lethal Dose Of Truth (2012)
  • Ralf Scheepers - Scheepers (2010)
  • Michael Vescera - A Sign Of Things To Come (2008)
  • Delta - Crashbreaker (2008)
  • Primal Fear - Metal Is Forever (2006)
  • Doctor Butcher - Doctor Butcher (2005)
  • Dream Evil - The Book Of Heavy Metal (2004)
  • Consortium Project III - Terra Incognita (2003)
  • Michael Vescera Project - The Altar (2003)
  • Primal Fear - Black Sun (2002)
  • Tribute To The Priest (2002)
  • Tribute To Led Zeppelin - The Music Remains The Same (2002)
  • Heavy Metal Geomatrix - Game Soundtrack (2001)
  • Tribute To Joe Satriani - Crushing Days (2001)
  • Tribute To Jason Becker - Warmth In The Wilderness (2001)
  • Tribute To Yngwie Malmsteen - A Guitar Oddysey (2000)


  • Bang Your Head Festival - 10th Anniversary (2006)
  • Primal Fear - The History Of Fear (2006)


  1. ^ "Metal Mike Chlasciak - Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. Archived from the original on 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2014-05-19.

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