French extreme metal band Gojira carved out a niche for themselves with their unique, atmospheric, environmentally themed early albums, including 2001's Terra Incognita and 2003's The Link. The band's fanbase and reputation grew with subsequent releases, such as 2005's From Mars to Sirius and 2008's The Way of All Flesh. But it was their most recent release, 2012's L’Enfant Sauvage, that catapulted them to worldwide success.
Seymour Duncan has announced the worldwide launch of its Whole Lotta Humbucker pickups. More than a year ago, the company launched the set as a limited-edition UK exclusive. It was based on Duncan's experience working at the Fender Soundhouse with artists like Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and many others.
Over the weekend, Robert Plant was interviewed on Australia's version of 60 Minutes. The singer sat down with reporter Tara Brown to discuss everything from Led Zeppelin’s roots, formation and history, right up to the December 2007 Celebration Day concert and its 2012 CD/DVD release.
In a statement posted this morning on the band's website, Rush announced they'll be visiting an additional 15 North American cities this summer. The second leg of the Clockwork Angels tour begins in Hershey, Pennsylvania, June 21 and ends August 4 in Kansas City.
“I wonder sometimes: Is it cool to hate Black Veil Brides?” asks Jake Pitts, lead guitarist for the band. It’s a fair question. After all, the band holds pride of place as heavy metal’s Public Enemy Number One. Tarted up with face paint and eyeliner, wrapped in skintight leathers and topped with razor-chopped piles of jet-black hair, Black Veil Brides epitomize the type of glammed-up, visually over-the-top rock act that has always been a lightning rod for criticism, from Kiss and Alice Cooper to Mötley Crüe to Avenged Sevenfold.
Guitar Center and Joe Bonamassa have launched Guitar Center’s Blues Masters Featuring Joe Bonamassa. The program will offer 10 musicians the chance to perform in Los Angeles backed by Bonamassa’s band; it also will provide one undiscovered blues guitarist with career-altering opportunities for development and exposure under the mentorship of one of the biggest names in blues rock.
The Dillinger Escape Plan will release their new album, One of Us is the Killer, in May. The album, the band's fifth, will be released by Sumerian Records in North America through The Dillinger Escape Plan's own Party Smasher Inc. imprint.