For a guy who used to be in a Kyuss tribute band as a teenager, Bruno Fevery's move to the reincarnated version of Kyuss is something special, to say the least, and is a dream come true, by all means. The band has been touring this year under the monicker "Kyuss Lives!," and Bruno has been doing a fantastic job filling the shoes of original guitarist Josh Homme.
One of the most promising bands to have come out of the American metal scene in recent times, Warbringer has just released their third studio album, Worlds Torn Asunder, by far their strongest effort yet.
Shane Dwight has been recording and performing for 10 years, but chances are that the singer/songwriter/guitarist slipped under your radar. As an independent artist, Dwight — who is often categorized as a blues musician but is equally comfortable in the rock and soul genres — has sold more than 60,000 albums and made a name for himself, but certainly not at the level his talent deserves.
Recently it was my great honor to sit down with rock legend -- and one of my all-time favorite players -- Leslie West to talk about his new record, Unusual Suspects. The album features Leslie's classic searing and smooth guitar tone, as well as guest performances by music heavyweights like Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, Kenny Aronoff and Billy Gibbons. Leslie had me fascinated and laughing my ass off.
Austin-based country band Reckless Kelly’s new album, Good Luck and True Love, might also be an appropriate title for its lead guitarist’s career. David Abeyta attended Berklee College of Music to determine if he had what it takes to make it as a guitarist. “I thought, ‘If I can do this, then I’ll keep at it,'" Abeyta says. “I used it as my measuring stick, which may or may not have been a good idea. Luckily, it worked.” Abeyta checked in before a show in Boston to talk about the new album, his favorite gear and getting his start in a ukulele band.
On the back of three hugely impressive studio albums and a massive tour with Metallica, The Sword, and Austin, Texas-based sludge metal quartet, have been growing in popularity and gaining new fans with every move. They are on a North American tour as main support to Kyuss Lives, which is proving to be another feather in their hat.
"It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll." Truer words have not been spoken. And no one knows the value of those words better than Mark Evans. From the time he joined AC/DC at age 19 right up until today, Evans has seen both the highs and lows the rock 'n' roll lifestyle has to offer.
“When we were making our last record, nobody knew who the fuck Kurt Cobain was!” Kirk Hammett, at ease in the lounge of the New York City recording studio where he and the rest of Metallica are rushing to finish their sixth album, Load, is acutely aware of how much the musical climate has changed in the five years since the band put out their last studio recording.
It's apparent that for North Carolina-based bludgeoners Deception of a Ghost, it's about the sound and very little about the image. According to guitarist Buddy Dameron, equal to his band's slam is the message the band conveys. "The message we send is to be yourself and do all you can to make yourself happy. Let your voice be heard. We try to encourage people to fight for their dreams, to sum it all up," he says enthusiastically.