Today, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett announced via Facebook that he’ll be joining Exodus and Death Angel -- two of the headliners at his inaugural horror convention -- on stage during their encores.
Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil will feature a performance by UK extreme-metal legends Carcass, so it's fitting that today the Fear FestEvil website has premiered a music video for "Unfit for Human Consumption" off the band's new album, Surgical Steel.
"We’ve been in the studio so long -- a war has come and gone, and we're still stuck in here!" A heavy weariness, quite evident behind James Hetfield's steely gaze, underscores the intense pressure that has been Metallica's constant as they labored over the past few months to record Metallica, their first album in over three years, and fifth overall.
It’s definitely true that Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of my all-time favorite guitarists. Ironically, I was never really into Stevie while he was alive. Then, shortly after he died, I got hold of a video of him playing a live show and was just totally blown away by his timing, his tone, his feel, his vibrato, his phrasing — everything. Some people are just born to play guitar, and Stevie was definitely one of them.
I was 15 years old and a friend of mine brought it over to my house insisting I had to hear it. I was still living at my parents' house at the time, and they had a very loud stereo system. My friends would come over and we would blast it up to what we thought was concert level. Boy, was I naive!
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (01).
“We’re definitely guilty of over-obligating ourselves as a band,” Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett says with a laugh. “The Orion festival requires a lot of energy, and it’s different from our regular Metallica shows, where we show up, have a bite to eat, do our warm-up and meet-and-greet, and go onstage. That’s easy compared to today.”