Three decades after introducing black metal to the world, Venom are as dangerous as ever. Guitar World catches up with Cronos and company to discuss the band’s lethal new album, From the Very Depths, and to reflect on their tumultuous past.
There’s a certain stigma that’s often associated with a lot of singer/songwriters these days. One where it can be more about the message rather than the music. But for guitarist James Bay, it’s always been about finding the perfect balance between tasty guitar work and writing organic songs that are real and honest.
1975 was a year of ambition; from the grand opuses from Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, to the introspection of the Who and Bob Dylan, artists who had spent years at the top of the heap were looking for new ways to express themselves. And the results were often fascinating.
Once upon a time, the mere act of strapping on an electric guitar and cranking up an amplifier marked one as an outsider, a rebellious badass who refused to live by the laws of a "decent" society. But today's cookie-cutter rockers and forgettable pop janglers make studying for the priesthood seem like an edgier pursuit than playing guitar in a band.