Swedish metal band Katatonia are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. It's been a career that has seen eight excellent studio albums, through a journey that has seen various changes in musical styles. Their latest album "Night Is The New Day" came out in 2009, and as they prepare to work on new material, they embarked on a North American run of dates as support act to fellow Swedes Opeth.
As a proud Guns N' Roses historian, I've read my fair share of GNR-related books and in a way was kind of dreading another one. I had read Slash's autobiography the day it came out, and while it proved to be a very informative read and a good look into Slash's side of the Guns saga, it ultimately felt like the voice of my longtime guitar hero was a bit lacking.
Toxic Holocaust is a punk-influenced thrash metal band that has been around for about 12 years, and enjoys a stronghold in the underground and mainstream metal scenes. The Joel Grind-led trio from Portland, Oregon, does not believe in putting out the same album twice, and the musical progress on each of their four full-length studio albums is proof of this fact. The latest offering, Conjure And Command, came out last July and showcases the latest step in the band's musical journey.
"I'm not your average guitar player. I kind of take my own wacky approach to the instrument." Indeed, Joey Eppard is not your average guitar player. His resume, at a glance, might imply that he's cut from unique musical fabric. His onstage attack confirms that he's out of his tree.
It's hard to believe Iced Earth have been churning out their signature blend of thrash and power metal for two decades now, and with a new singer -- Into Eternity's Stu Block -- and a new zest for music, Jon Schaffer and crew show no signs of slowing down.
From an early age, Richie Kotzen was tagged as a virtuoso, a guitar hero, a shredder. All true, of course, but with time, Kotzen proved to be so much more — a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter who can play at the speed of light one minute and then do a complete turnaround with an acoustic guitar and ballad.
It’s not often that a Latin jazz/flamenco/samba guitarist generates millions of views on YouTube with short instrumental pieces, but Lawson Rollins is used to defying expectations. As a teenager in the 1980s, he took a liking to the stylings of classical guitarist Andrés Segovia instead of the hair metal and synth-pop groups of the day, and to this day, he still hasn’t mastered what many beginners learn to use at their first lesson: the pick.
Fact: Kim Shattuck is one of the coolest chicks in rock 'n' roll. After cutting her teeth as the bass player in the all female LA band The Pandoras in the '80s, she switched over to guitar and formed the bold-angsty-sarcastic-funny-witty-angry pop punk band The Muffs in 1991. Shattuck's catchy pop tunes might even be described as "cute," if it weren't for her famous bone-shaking roar that could ignite a match from 10 feet away.
Posted 10/18/2011 at 10:34am | by Brad Tolinski, Alan Paul
Despite their similar attire, Iommi and Hetfield' s demeanors provide sharp studies in contrast. Iommi, with his dark eyes, meticulously groomed moustache and soft English accent, has the dignified bearing of a British noble man. The blond, gravel-voiced, sharp-tongued Hetfield, on the other hand, has the guarded, hulking aspect of an urban street-fighting man.
In 2007, after a five-year roller coaster that zipped out two multi-platinum studio albums, a live album, a string of tours and band lineup changes, Amy Lee decided to give her band, Evanescence, a break. So for nearly three years, Lee spent time with her husband, Josh Hartzler, fixed up her New York home and experienced life.