Inside a wood-panelled Sausalito, California, studio called The Plant, Metallica frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich gaze reflectively at a dust-covered relic sitting in the corner of the room. "This thing's been in the closet for 10 years," says Hetfield. "It was the second guitar I ever owned, and it was the only one I had when we recorded Kill 'Em All." He picks up the cheap, white Flying V copy and begins to pluck out southern rock licks in the vein of Lynyrd Skynyrd. "It still plays pretty good," he beams.
One of the most promising bands to have come out of the American metal scene in recent times, Warbringer has just released their third studio album, Worlds Torn Asunder, by far their strongest effort yet.
Recently it was my great honor to sit down with rock legend -- and one of my all-time favorite players -- Leslie West to talk about his new record, Unusual Suspects. The album features Leslie's classic searing and smooth guitar tone, as well as guest performances by music heavyweights like Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, Kenny Aronoff and Billy Gibbons. Leslie had me fascinated and laughing my ass off.
On the back of three hugely impressive studio albums and a massive tour with Metallica, The Sword, and Austin, Texas-based sludge metal quartet, have been growing in popularity and gaining new fans with every move. They are on a North American tour as main support to Kyuss Lives, which is proving to be another feather in their hat.