The year was musically memorable for the release of the original Kiss lineup's first album in over 18 years, as well as the studio reunion of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Other seminal releases include Van Halen III and Korn's Follow the Leader. Check out these albums and more in this week's Best Album poll, below.
Recently, Bayside, Indaba Music and Guitar World gave imaginative guitar players the opportunity to create a solo for "Already Gone," Bayside's latest single. Guitar players from around the world recorded their unique solos, then uploaded their entries to indabamusic.com so that a panel of judges, including the band, could decide on a winner.
With the release of Inheritors and a healthy run of summer and fall tours, Madison, Wisconsin's Serianna are celebrating the fruits of their labor by preparing for more hard work. Guitar World caught up with guitarist James Milbrandt, who, along with Kris Meyer-Ruef, make up the band's lacerating guitar duo. The rest of the band includes Chris Nutting, vocals; Chris Ferraro, drums; and Lee Milbrandt, bass.
There's little doubt as to who owned the covers of Guitar World in 1998. With a new singer and a new album and a Number One song on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks, Van Halen was once again standing on top of the world.
Back in 1996, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor introduced German band Rammstein to the unsuspecting general public of the United States. Reznor, who was selecting music for the David Lynch film Lost Highway, chose the songs "Heirate Mich" and "Rammstein" for the soundtrack.
We were making Tales from Topographic Oceans, and we were in a studio called Morgon. It was the first 24 track-studio in London, and we were there for four months. When we got in the studio, being post-hippie, we needed to make it a bit friendly. Jon said, "I'd like a bathroom to sing in." So he had three walls brought in, tiled, and he sung in a booth with three walls of tiles so it sounded like his bathroom. Jon and I were having a lot of fun.
Schecter Guitars announced the release of the Synyster Gates Custom-S, a guitar that has been in the works for several years. The guitar will be available in January 2012. This new Synyster Gates guitar features all the specs used on his signature model plus something special that has called his "secret weapon” -- the Sustainiac. This unique system resides in place of the neck humbucker (See photos below) and provides controlled feedback-sustain at all levels.
Inside a wood-panelled Sausalito, California, studio called The Plant, Metallica frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich gaze reflectively at a dust-covered relic sitting in the corner of the room. "This thing's been in the closet for 10 years," says Hetfield. "It was the second guitar I ever owned, and it was the only one I had when we recorded Kill 'Em All." He picks up the cheap, white Flying V copy and begins to pluck out southern rock licks in the vein of Lynyrd Skynyrd. "It still plays pretty good," he beams.
For a guy who used to be in a Kyuss tribute band as a teenager, Bruno Fevery's move to the reincarnated version of Kyuss is something special, to say the least, and is a dream come true, by all means. The band has been touring this year under the monicker "Kyuss Lives!," and Bruno has been doing a fantastic job filling the shoes of original guitarist Josh Homme.