Katrina Johansson wants you to sing along. Not to the chorus, but to the guitar line. She fills us in, “Melody is just as important as the energy of shredding. I want people to be able to sing some of the guitar melodies and remember them, as well as feel the energy and appreciate the technique of the fast parts.”
Folk metal seems to be taking the world by storm these days, with Viking metal bands like Amon Amarth and Enslaved leading the way. But Vikings aren't the only ones in the sea of folk metal; sailers be warned, there are pirates in these waters as well. No one represents the pirate end of the folk metal spectrum better than Scotland's Alestorm.
Duane Eddy is the original rock ’n’ roll guitar hero. His 1950s guitar instrumentals, including “Rebel Rouser” and “Ramrod,” inspired countless kids to start playing the guitar, and many rock icons list him as a major influence.
Once heralded as the next Tool, dredg have never been a band about following in footsteps. Funk, alt metal, pop rock -- the band seem to redefine themselves with each new release, and their latest album, Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy, is no exception.
To most, the phrase "down to earth" probably wouldn't bring to mind a band that just released a hit single called "White Trash Millionaire," but that's just what the guys from Edmonton, Kentucky's Black Stone Cherry are: down to earth. Despite the band's record sales and chart numbers going nowhere but up, you'll find nothing but humility from the BSC camp.