It's hard to describe a Gwar show to someone who's never attended one. How does one adequately describe the Jagermonsta, the World Maggot and the infamous Cuttlefish to an outsider? How do you explain that if you go to a Gwar show, you're going to end up covered in blood, bile and any number of other bodily fluids, and still have the night of your life?
Guitar World made history in Milan, Italy, on July 6, 2011, by getting Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Slayer’s Kerry King and Anthrax’s Scott Ian to pose for group photos — the first photos ever to feature all the guitarists of thrash metal’s momentous Big Four tour.
St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) recently performed four tracks from her new album, Strange Mercy, for the 10th installment in the 4AD Session series. Shot at Shangri-La Studios in Brooklyn, the session was recorded with Annie's new band -- Daniel Mintseris (keys), Toko Yasuda (moog) and Matthew Johnson (drums).
With every new album, Swedish progressive metal masters Opeth have always come up with something new and different, and quite often, something that takes everyone by surprise. The latest album, Heritage, falls in this category and with it, Mikael Akerfeldt & Co. have proven once again that there are no bounds to their creativity.
Today's free Lick of the Day comes courtesy of Tomo Fujita, who shows you a B.B. King-style phrase that makes for a great introduction to a song or guitar solo. It features string bending, vibrato and hybrid picking techniques.
This is Spinal Tap was supposed to be a satirical peek into the decadent, self-contained world of early Eighties heavy metal -- at least as it applied to a group of aging rock stars. At some point, though, the movie transitioned from cult comedy to cultural institution (In 2002, the Library of Congress selected This Is Spinal Tap for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film).