From his days with Talas and David Lee Roth to his time spent with Mr. Big and Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan has performed and recorded with some gigantic names in rock. But no other outlet allows Sheehan to flex his bass muscle quite like NIACIN. After a seven-year hiatus, the band — which features Sheehan on bass plus keyboardist John Novello (Chick Corea, Ritchie Cole) and drummer Dennis Chambers (Santana, Parliament) — is back with a new album, KRUSH, a tour de force of sonic blues goodness.
Guitar Center’s Blues Masters competition, launched recently through a partnership with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, is offering 10 musicians the chance to perform in Los Angeles backed by Bonamassa’s band. It also will provide one until-now-undiscovered blues guitarist with an opportunity for development and exposure under the tutelage of one of the biggest names in blues rock.
The inspiration for the title of Brad Paisley’s latest album, Wheelhouse, came from the phrase “in your wheelhouse,” which is a reference to the baseball term for the strike zone’s sweet spot, where a batter can comfortably hit a ball with maximum power and precision.
He is held in the highest regard by Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, was close friends with Jimi Hendrix, and his mid-Sixties recordings with the Yardbirds invented the sound for heavy metal guitar. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is ...
Maryland rockers Clutch released their long-awaited 10th studio album, Earth Rocker, March 19. The album, the followup to 2009's Strange Cousins From The West, was produced by Machine, who worked with the band on their Blast Tyrant album in 2004.
Holy Grail was born in Pasadena, California, in 2008 and hasn't slowed down for a second. They released their debut EP, Improper Burial, in 2009, followed by their 2010 critically acclaimed commercial smash Crisis In Utopia, which Metal Assault called "a mind-blowing effort that exudes unbounded freshness and musicianship."
Portland-based musician Melynda Jackson has been a part of the heavy rock realm for a while now. Her previous band, SubArachnoid Space, released 10 studio albums over the past 15 years before disbanding in 2011.
Seattle-based musician Thom Beckman has released his instrumental solo heavy metal project, Shroud Of Spiders. Beckman plays all the lead parts on an electric mandolin — as well as the bass and drums. Beckman recently released a self-titled EP to launch this project, which you can hear in its entirety right here.
Swedish death metal band Hypocrisy, led by vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and producer Peter Tägtgren, have been going strong for more than two decades. Even among the plethora of extreme metal bands coming out of Europe, specially Sweden, Hypocrisy continue to maintain a steady fan base. They are now set to release their 12th album, End Of Disclosure, and will follow it up with a North American headline tour.