Maxxxwell Carlisle is an up-and-coming guitarist on LA's metal scene. He has released two EP’s in only six months, and he's working on even more projects at the moment. We recently spoke to Carlisle — who has played with Death Riders and other notable LA-based bands — about what it's like to have so many irons in the fire.
Marty Favento, who was born and raised in a small town called Koper in Slovenia, started playing guitar at age 10. His father, an accomplished blues guitarist, got him into guitar playing and sent him to a private music school, where he spent five years studying. GuitarWorld.com caught up with Favento to discuss his band Shock Rocket’s new album. Lift Off, which is getting some cool buzz in the European metal underground.
Popa Chubby, a larger-than-life figure on the blues scene, has built a rabid following around the world through his relentless touring schedule and ever-expanding discography. His latest album, Universal Breakdown Blues, will be released May 28 via Provogue Records.
Holy Grail was born in Pasadena, California, in 2008 and hasn't slowed down for a second. They released their debut EP, Improper Burial, in 2009, followed by their 2010 critically acclaimed commercial smash Crisis In Utopia, which Metal Assault called "a mind-blowing effort that exudes unbounded freshness and musicianship."
In the 1980’s, Guitarist Craig Goldy was already having an amazing career. While playing for bands like Rough Cutt and Giuffria, his resume was already impressive. But in 1987 when the guitar slot for the legendary band Dio opened up, he would ultimately be chosen to play for the band. This raised the young guitarist into a whole new echelon of the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal universe.
Some people consider the Winter NAMM Show the musical-instrument Super Bowl. It's a time for instrument manufacturers and other companies to unveil their new product lines. It's also a time when some of the best musicians in the world head to Anaheim, California, to rock out, share their passion for music and jam with their peers.
Current and former members of Anthrax, Queensryche, Rising Force, Racer X and other metal bands will take part in the 2013 NAMM Metal Jam this Wednesday, January 23, at the Whiskey A-Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
Throughout his career, Michael Jackson employed an endless series of amazing guitar players for studio and stage work, including Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Jennifer Batten and Steve Lukather. In 2009, Jackson was set to embark on his "This Is It" tour, which would've consisted of some 50 shows kicking off that summer and ending the following spring. Unfortunately, Jackson's tour would never take place; he died of cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009, at age 50.
Rex Brown knows a thing or two about bass. The man has been pounding out well-known, monstrous basslines for close to 30 years, ever since Pantera's first record, Metal Magic, in 1983. Brown, who was inspired to play bass by Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones and Geezer Butler, teamed up with like-minded musicians Vinnie Paul, Terry Glaze and Dimebag Darrell in 1982. Phil Anselmo joined the band in 1987, forming what would be considered Pantera's classic lineup.