In a year that included appearances on The Real Radio Show (NYC,) Steve Vai's GuitarTV.com, countless podcasts and blogs, and as an opener for headliners like Kip Winger, Dio Disciples, Lizzy Borden and Neil Zaza, Xander is fast becoming one of the most respected guitarists on the metal scene. His music will be appearing on no less than 3 compilation discs, including the highly anticipated release by Liberty N Justice, "The Cigar Chronicles,"
Other nominees for Best Guitarist include Nick Cantanese (Black Label Society,) Danny Corso (Sacred Dominion,) Anthony Leone (Chip Dominick) and Nathan Werner (Moon Drag.) Xander is the only instrumental guitarist nominated.
The Iron City Rocks Music Awards recognizes Pittsburgh-area musicians and their accomplishments. Additional categories include Best Rock Band, Best Metal Band, Best Drummer, Best Bass Player, Best Vocalist, and Best Venue, among others. The nominees and winners are chosen by fan votes, and you can vote at http://www.facebook.com/