Chicago-based progressive metal trio Czar writes music that can be best described as an eclectic blend of styles, which comes from a variety of influences. Each of the three members has a musical personality of his own and is creatively inspired by different things.
Dutch occult rockers The Devil's Blood are set to release their second full-length album, The Thousandfold Epicentre, in North America on January 17 via Metal Blade Records. It's one of the most intriguing musical compositions I've heard in a while, and even though we are barely starting 2012, the album throws down the gauntlet to everything else that will be released in the remainder of the year.
Check out these 10 fabulous and varied duets featuring some excellent guitar playing by greats like Orianthi, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Batten and more, paired with legends like Steve Vai, Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana. It’s a guitar feast that’s fit for two!
As anyone who's followed Metallica's career can tell you, the group's members are rarely at a loss for words. But when Kirk Hammett recently learned that he'd become the first inductee into the Guitar World Hall of Fame, he was rendered speechless for a solid minute or two. "It totally took me by surprise," he says. "Especially since our profile has been so weird lately. It's been very non-musical, you know?"
“You callous little bitches! Get the fuck up!” Guitar World has just finished hearing a sneak preview of new Disturbed material at Soundtrack Studios in downtown Manhattan when singer David Draiman, he of the shaved head and stainless-steel goatee, spits out this command in a menacing voice that betrays his otherwise polite, soft-spoken demeanor.
While Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani very much have their roots in folk music, they enjoy a widespread following among metalheads. They released their seventh studio album, Ukon Wacka, in 2011 and toured North America to promote the album, along with support from Russian pagan metal band Arkona. This was their first North American tour in nearly two years, and they generally drew large crowds across the continent.
The first thing would be, tune up. I hear a lot of guys who can shred and play fast, but they are out of tune. And it's hard for me to listen to someone that sounds out of tune. That is so important, and you know I can tell in two seconds. It's so important. And I wish I could tune my guitars. I have somebody who tunes my guitars for me. I'm not really good at doing that, but I can tell when they're not. If you practice, you know, I don't really play fast. It's like guitar: You don't have to play fast.
Guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has had his hand in almost every aspect of the music business. Not only has he toured with Gun N’ Roses since 2006; he also been a producer, engineer and writer. And more recently, a survivor, having walked away from a serious auto accident last May. Thal used Twitter to thank Toyota for the "functional seat belt, air bags & crumple zone, you saved my skull ..."