Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October is playing this one close to the chest. His band's upcoming album, Any Man in America, is about his recent divorce and the custody battle over his daughter. The lead single, “The Chills,” was released on iTunes on May 31.
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.