Earlier this week, Ozzy Ozbourne and Firewind guitarist Gus G stopped by the Guitar World studio to hang out, shoot some licks for our Lick of the Day app and show off some new gear, including his brand new Blackstar Blackfire 200 amp.
Elixir Strings, ESP Guitars and Blackstar Amplification are celebrating the release of Firewind's new album, Few Against Many, by giving away some of Gus' favorite gear! The sweepstakes will take place online between May 22 and July 22. Sign up on Elixir Strings' Facebook page to enter.
Greek power metal icons Firewind will unleash their new album, Few Against Many, next Tuesday, May 22. In case you can't wait that long — and we have a feeling you can't — we've got the full album streaming exclusively on GuitarWorld.com from now until release date. Listen below!
Led by master shredder Gus G, Greek power metal band Firewind have enjoyed a loyal fan following in Europe for more than a decade, and their fan base in other territories is always growing. They've come a long way since Gus started the band as a small project, and they're ready to release their seventh studio album, Few Against Many.
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Today's lick is a fast, fluid-sounding legato run based on the D Dorian mode (D E F G A B C), courtesy of Gus G. I rely on consecutive hammer-ons and pull-offs to articulate many of the notes and use finger slides to seamlessly shifts positions as I ascend the fretboard. Using finger slides allows me to continue up a single string without having to interrupt my smooth, legato phrasing with an unwanted pick attack.
Here's an exclusive video of Gus G of of Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind demonstrating his new signature series Fire
Blackouts System pickups by Seymour Duncan. The Gus G Fire Blackouts System blends the best aspects of the power of active pickups and the response of passive pickups.
Led by virtuoso guitarist Gus G -- who also spends time backing a certain Mr. Ozzy Osbourne -- Firewind are gearing up for their very first headlining tour of North America. The "Frets of Fury" tour will see the band hitting dates in both the U.S. and Canada, backed by a wide array of some of metal's brightest up-and-coming acts: Arsis, White Wizzard and Nightrage.
Firewind have ten songs written for next album, according to rhythm guitarist and keyboard player Bob Katsionis. In a new interview with EspyRock, Katsionis revealed that the band were hard at work on new material and the process was going well.