Exodus guitarist and principal songwriter Gary Holt has been an influential figure in thrash metal for the last three decades. For the past three years, however, he’s found himself in not one, but two of the most important bands of the genre, doing live-guitarist duty for Slayer while being the man behind Exodus.
“Bad Asteroid” is a song that’s been bubbling away in my collection of unused tunes for about 18 or 19 years, and this new album gave me a good excuse to finally record it properly. In addition to requiring wacky and unusual tapping procedures, it features some nice harmonic interest in the chord progression over which the riff is played—what I like to describe as the “budget Steely Dan” chords.
In this Guitar World exclusive, we’ve gathered together Mustaine and his Megadeth coguitarist, Glen Drover, Lamb of God’s Mark Morton and Willie Adler, Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott and Fredrik Akesson and Trivium’s Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu to teach you the essential skills of modern shred.
The Rock Guitar 101 DVD is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $14.99. Rock Guitar 101 is an incredible one-stop DVD providing over 70 minutes of instruction on all the basic skills you need to play rock guitar.
Matt Sorum's resume is studded with highlights, including — but not limited to — being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Guns N' Roses and high-profile stints with the Cult and Velvet Revolver.
The list of songs with great guitar tone is endless, and singling out any one as the best is, of course, subjective. But some guitar tones scream out for attention, and the best ones don’t do that literally. Instead, they pull at the melody and cut across the bed created by the rhythm section, without being too showy or abrasive or predictable.