When I spoke to Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste back in August, right as the band hit the studio to begin recording their new album, he promised that it would up the ante on aggression from their last album. A tall order, considering the band's 2009 effort was titled Massive Aggressive.
Just a week after we wrote our story about 50 classic albums celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2012, EMI has announced the release of a 40th anniversary edition of David Bowie’s 1972 masterpiece, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.
Legendary guitarist Joe Walsh has announced a June 5 release date for his new solo album, Analog Man. The title track of the album is also available for streaming now, and you can listen below, or over at Joe's official website.
So everyone in 2012 is an expert. Recently, I was speaking on a panel concerning music business trends in 2012 (Easy: Record industry is slowly shutting down, the music business is fine). Then the subject turned to the issue I thought we've covered ad nauseam: “Poor man’s" anything.
A few weeks prior to the start of the Mass Chaos Tour, co-headlined by Staind and Godsmack, Staind guitarist Mike Mushok phoned in to discuss the making of the band’s new, self-titled album. Staind is the seventh release from Mushok, vocalist Aaron Lewis and bassist Johnny April, who are now joined by their new drummer, Sal Giancarelli.
Here's a video of Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci playing and discussing Ernie Ball's new Cobalt guitar strings. Ernie Ball recently announced the new line of electric bass and guitar strings, which is made out of cobalt, the most magnetically active material. Ernie Ball's patent pending advancement in technology stems from a nine-year pursuit in researching materials that give guitarists and bassists a new-and-improved voice.
Here's an exclusive "Betcha Can't Play This" video featuring guitarist Paolo Pieri of Italian death metal band Hour of Penance. Pieri is playing a Carella Black Horseman custom guitar through a 15-watt Fender amp.
Throughout a career that has now spanned 12 years, French atmospheric metal band Alcest have been known to experiment with their musical style on each of their three studio albums and various other EPs and split releases.