Here's the third and final part of my recent interview with shredder Michael Angelo Batio. This time, we discuss the time Batio auditioned for Kiss -- and the new 25th anniversary commemorative edition of his Star Licks instructional DVD.
If you love the sound of the Pro-Tooled, slickly produced metal albums that are being churned out by the dozen these days, then you'll want to skip over Christian Mistress. While the Olympia, Washington-based metal band won't be winning over any fans who thrive on auto-tune and quantized drums, they should appeal to anyone hungry for a slab of traditional-minded heavy metal with a modern twist.
Guitarist Xander Demos may not be a household name, but his playing is causing an increasing number of new fans and equipment manufacturers to take notice. Demos' combination of Shrapnel-era shred and melodic phrasing makes for a combination that appeals equally to guitarists and non-guitarists.
Biohazard's much-anticipated new album -- Reborn In Defiance -- is their first studio album since 2005's Means to An End. But more importantly, it's the first Biohazard album in 18 years to feature the original lineup of Evan Seinfeld, Billy Graziadei, Bobby Hambel and Danny Schuler. The album was recorded before an amicable parting with Seinfeld, the band's bassist and co-vocalist.
Here's part two of my recent interview with guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio. To read part one, which focused on Skolnick's unique journey as a jazz player, head here. When we left off, Skolnick was answering questions from readers about a variety of topics.
Punch Brothers are not a bluegrass band. While you might be fooled into thinking otherwise by their traditional instrumentation and blinding picking chops, a quick listen will prove they are a highly evolved mutation of Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys. Led by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, the group takes influences ranging from Radiohead to Bach to Earl Scruggs and combines them into a strikingly unique brand of acoustic music.
Here's the exclusive premiere of a new video by Toronto's My Darkest Days: the acoustic version of their new song, "Casual Sex," featuring only Matt Walst and Reid Henry in the studio. The song -- well, the electric version of it, at least -- is the first single from the band's new album, Sick and Twisted Affair, which is due for a spring release via Mercury Records. The single is available now on iTunes. The new album was produced by Joey Moi.
It’s often said that the music industry works in cycles, that everything old becomes new again, and that (fill in your favorite cliche here). In fact, 2012 is lining up to be the year classic becomes contemporary, as legendary bands release blistering new albums, artists from previous decades tour to capacity crowds, and punk rock — 30 years old and sometimes thought of as a thing of the past — rears its furious, distorted head again like a shot heard around the world.