This is an Eric Johnson-inspired melodic climb in the key of E. It's based on a six-note sequence that I transpose to different tonal centers as I move up and across the neck. The first part of the lick, up until the legato ending, is all alternate picked with palm muting.
Grunge might have killed '80s hair metal, but it couldn't destroy Steel Panther, the raunchiest glam rockers to emerge from the Sunset Strip. No genre convention is safe from the improv troupe, which topped the Billboard Comedy Albums Chart three times with its 2009 debut album, Feel the Steel.
At the conclusion of This Is Spinal Tap, director Marty DiBergi's warts-and-all (or, as David St. Hubbins puts it, "all warts") documentary of the metal pioneers' 1982 American tour, the band's future couldn't have looked brighter.
Swedish metal band Katatonia are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. It's been a career that has seen eight excellent studio albums, through a journey that has seen various changes in musical styles. Their latest album "Night Is The New Day" came out in 2009, and as they prepare to work on new material, they embarked on a North American run of dates as support act to fellow Swedes Opeth.
As a proud Guns N' Roses historian, I've read my fair share of GNR-related books and in a way was kind of dreading another one. I had read Slash's autobiography the day it came out, and while it proved to be a very informative read and a good look into Slash's side of the Guns saga, it ultimately felt like the voice of my longtime guitar hero was a bit lacking.
There’s one word for Carolyn Wonderland’s show last night at Joe’s Pub: Tasty. When a guitarist truly lives and loves what they do, it shows, and it was shining like a beacon during Wonderland’s performance. To say that her live show is better than the record is no exaggeration. And her tone…hell yeah!
Toxic Holocaust is a punk-influenced thrash metal band that has been around for about 12 years, and enjoys a stronghold in the underground and mainstream metal scenes. The Joel Grind-led trio from Portland, Oregon, does not believe in putting out the same album twice, and the musical progress on each of their four full-length studio albums is proof of this fact. The latest offering, Conjure And Command, came out last July and showcases the latest step in the band's musical journey.