With their new album, The Dark Roots of Earth scheduled for a February 2012 release, Testament - with original members Alex Skolnick and Greg Christian back in the fold - are well on their way to reclaiming the Bay Area thrash dominance they held in the late eighties and early nineties.
UFO, one of the pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement that started in the '70s, should be no strangers to metal fans. They have been around since 1969, and barring a couple of years of inactivity here and there, they have been consistent at releasing studio albums boasting of some wonderful music, and some fantastic tours to support those releases.
On a new DVD available at the Guitar World Online Store, GW editor and instructor Andy Aledort takes you deep into Clapton's style during his Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers and Cream years, breaking down "The Cream of Eric Clapton."
Brad Barr of The Barr Brothers, a Montreal-based quartet built around a classical harp (often run through a fuzz pedal), stopped into the Guitar World offices recently to talk about the band's new self-titled album, which came out September 27 via Secret City Records -- and also to show us unique his tackle-box guitar.
Chris Isaak grew up in California idolizing the Million Dollar Quartet and other legendary artists nurtured by Sun Records visionary Sam Phillips. He never abandoned those roots, even as he climbed the charts with hits like “Wicked Game” and gained wider fame as a film and television actor.
On Revocation’s recent Boston tour stop (and hometown show), I had a lot of fun hanging out with the band's wailing singer, founder and all-around badass guitarist, David Davidson, and the band's monster drummer, Phil Dubois Coyne. I caught up with David recently to talk about Revocation’s new CD, Chaos Of Forms, his influences, gear, practice regimen, and his thoughts on music piracy among other things.
It's another perfect wreck of a Sunday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles. While thousands of dazed denizens attempt to piece together fragments of the previous night's misadventures for either themselves or some like-minded compatriots, the very object of many of their fantasies is polishing off his morning cocktail.
No, he can't squeeze strings like Albert King or Albert Collins. And he doesn't have the grit of an Otis Rush or Lowell Fulson. He's got a great voice, but it's not in the same league with all-time greats like B.B. King or Big Joe Turner or Wynonie Harris.