In a world where music is often dominated by the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, it’s not that common to see a country music album reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. That’s precisely what happened when Eric Church’s latest release, Chief (EMI), grabbed the top spot.
After wrapping up a grueling tour pulling double-duty with both Exodus and Slayer, we managed to catch up with guitarist Gary Holt to talk about the rigors of playing with two bands at once, the Big Four jam, and when the next Exodus album might surface...
The late Frank Zappa made his first Guitar World cover appearance with the March 1982 issue, during the magazine's third year of publication. The cover calls him "America's Most Misunderstood Genius," and the original story by John Swenson starts on page 34. Here's part two of that interview.
When Mimi Fox was eleven, she started teaching guitar lessons out of her house. That’s right – eleven years old. The fact that she could make more money teaching guitar than babysitting opened her eyes to what would become her future. (Hmm, changing poopy diapers or sharing some six string savvy. Which would you choose?)
A strange name and beards that would put lumberjacks' facial hair to shame make Dangermuffin a tough band to ignore, but their unique lineup and genre-blending approach to roots music is what has ultimately earned this South Carolina trio its loyal fan base.
Only a year passed between the debut and sophomore albums for Costa Mesa, California-based metalcore outfit Of Mice And Men, but what an eventful year it was. The band lost founders Austin Carlile (vocals) and Jaxin Hall (bass) after 2010's self-titled effort, only to regain Carlile before recording their latest album, who brought along with him guitarist Alan Ashby.
Over the past 14 years, Dir En Grey have made some of the most interesting and skillful contributions to Japanese metal. Hailing from Osaka, the five-piece began its career as a visual-kei band (that’s Japanese glam rock, for those who aren’t familiar).
Irish instrumental rockers God Is An Astronaut released their latest album, The Age of the Fifth Sun, more than a year ago but are just now hitting the U.S. to tour behind the album. The second night of the tour was a stop at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, where a line had already begun to form three hours before the band were set to take the stage.