One of my prime objectives when writing music for my band Revocation is to try to push the envelope and come up with sounds, ideas, chord patterns, progressions and riffs that have been rarely explored within the thrash metal genre.
A good way to do this is to use seventh chords, which are rarely heard in metal. This month, I’d like to demonstrate a few cool ways one can use one particularly cool- and tense-sounding seventh chord in heavy, thrash-style riffs.
Check out this interesting live mashup by an eight-piece band called Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. The band, which is fronted by Arleigh Kincheloe, blended Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls On Parade" with Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" during their performance at the 2014 Mountain Jam Festival on June 7.
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Tucked in a nondescript industrial tract north of San Francisco near San Pablo Bay, Metallica’s headquarters is an oasis for both thrash fanatics and gear heads of every stripe. The massive studio—dubbed HQ by the band—has been Metallica’s base of operations for writing, rehearsals, demoing and all-purpose hanging since late 2001. In a rare case of reality trumping fantasy, it is a place that exceeds expectations.
Electro-Harmonix has introduced the B9 Organ Machine. From the company: With nine finely-tuned presets emulating the legendary organs of the Sixties and beyond, the B9 Organ Machine delivers definitive tonewheel and combo organ sounds.
I’ve often been associated with players that use specific picking techniques, such as sweep picking, economy picking, hybrid picking and so on. In truth, I have no idea what any of these terms mean. Sweep picking does not appeal to me at all.
To my ears, it’s very unmusical. In my music, you will hear some insane, fast arpeggio-based lines, but it’s never simply straight up and down through the arpeggios, the way sweep picking usually is performed. This month, I’d like to demonstrate some cool ways you can achieve the effect of fast arpeggio-based sounds while avoiding the predictability of standard sweep-picking licks.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Our Cosmic Casket," the new music video by Allegaeon. Track is from the band's new album, Elements of the Infinite, will be released June 24 by Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Colorado earlier this year.
Today, the guys in Judas Priest are previewing another new song from their upcoming studio album, Redeemer of Souls. Check out the under-two-minute teaser for "Battle Cry" below! The clip also features an intro and commentary by Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner.
Slash and his bandmates, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, have premiered the lyric video for “World On Fire,” the first single and title track off their new album, which will be released September 16.