Have you heard these guys? They're not really shred but they're pretty damn heavy and original in my opinion. I don't know if you know it, but Devin used to sing for Steve Vai back in the day. I mean, the guy looks like Michael Bolton after being run through a meat-grinder: But if you're that ugly then you MUST be good - right?!? Anyways, they have some real interesting and synchopated rhythms that trip me out sometimes. I don't know if they could pull it off without that atomic clock of a drummer named Gene Hoglan though.