Sleeper wins are a funny thing. Take for instance The Karate Kid, 1984's surprise smash of the summer. Or who would have thought Rainn Wilson would outshine Steve Carrell and become The Office's breakout star?
Over the course of three years of nonstop touring, Asking Alexandria have gone from upstarts to headliners with a tight live show. While no day is “typical” on the road, the band’s lifestyle has changed considerably. “If you’d asked me this question a few months ago, I would have probably said, ‘You walk backstage and you’ll find myself and Cameron [Liddell, rhythm guitar] belligerently drunk, being assholes, not having a care in the world, then stumbling onstage and playing our set,” says lead guitarist/vocalist Ben Bruce.
It was early 2001 when Chuck Schuldiner’s headaches returned. Over the past year, he had begun to feel like his old self again—remarkable, considering that, just one year before, the death metal guitarist had nearly died. In early January 2000, doctors in New York City had managed to remove more than half of a cancerous tumor dangerously nestled at the base of his brain. Months of physical therapy followed while he recovered at home, in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
With the holidays right around the corner, there isn't much time to get that last-minute shopping done. But just in case you’re in a generous mood, here are some things that make my musical heart go pitter-patter. Check out these 12 wishes, ranging from simple to sumptuous, and then pick up a guitar and play a few bars in honor of the holiday season.
As the lights go down in New York City's Roxy music theater, a sinister, disembodied voice repeats hypnotically, over and over, a digital sample locked into an endless loop: "The whole thing I think is sick/The whole thing I think is sick/The whole thing I think is sick... "
Speaking with the legendary Texas guitarist as he prepares for his upcoming tour, Eric Johnson reveals much on his recording process, the musicians he works with and how he embraces music's ever-changing digital frontier.
Today, GuitarWorld.com has the exclusive premiere of "Decaying King," a new song by The Dead Lay Waiting, a five-piece band from Swindon, England. "Decaying King" is off the band's upcoming album, Almost Heaven, which drops January 24.
It’s been nearly two years since The Contortionist signed to Good Fight Music and started recording their debut album, Exoplanet, with Unearth’s Ken Susi. Since then, The Contortionist have been shuttling their energy across state lines and international borders. And in February, they'll be heading back into the studio with Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida to start tracking their second album.