The accomplishments of U2 and The Edge during the past seven years could be the basis for a success scenario that any band of young hopefuls could follow. Yet they are not content to simply issue Top Ten records every other year and fill concert arenas. That's too easy a goal for a group of musicians that has challenged every cliche in the rock 'n' roll book and managed to take with them a still-growing retinue of followers.
"You can't get more basic and efficient than this," croaks Leslie West as he gestures at his brand-new Les Paul Junior. Gibson has given him the first of their re-issued line, in honor of all he did for that model by playing it to death-his earlier ones literally fell apart from use -- in Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing.
Full Metal Jackie, corresponding for Guitar World from the Revolver-sponsored 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, got the chance to catch up with Kingdom of Sorrow and Crowbar guitarist Kirk Windstein for an exclusive interview. You can check it out in the video below.
Monster Magnet had been kicking around for a few years by the time they released Dopes To Infinity in 1995. Spine of God (1992) and Superjudge (1993) definitely hinted at the potential of what was to come -- the blend of psychedelia, garage, heavy metal and space rock. But those albums didn't quite hit commercially.
Things have certainly been changing for Joe Satriani. Suddenly a lot of people besides a few musicians know his name, have heard about his awesome chops, are picking up his first record, Not of this Earth. Which must be why, on this hot and muggy Sunday night in New York hundreds of folks have thronged to a converted church, now a club, called Limelight. In conjunction with the New Music Seminar, Guitar World is sponsoring a concert featuring Satriani.
If Primus were supposed to grow into stuffy adults and write mature, heartfelt ballads of years gone by, no one gave them the memo. The band's first album of new material in the millennium, Green Naugahyde, is everything you've come to expect from a Primus record: Les Claypool's funked out bass lines, Larry LaLonde's spacy, Zappa-inspired solos and even the return of a familiar face for Primus fans, drummer Jay Lane.
You may not have heard of Jared Gutstadt, but you've almost certainly heard his music. He's written an award-winning song for the hit TV show Pawn Stars, as well as music for the film and video game industries.
Taiwanese extreme metal outfit Chthonic has truly been one of the most unique bands around since their inception more than 15 years ago. They combine elements of black metal and traditional Taiwanese music to convey the story of their ancient history and culture. It is this hugely artistic and exotic touch that separates them from the often bland and generic world of extreme metal.