Megadeth's new album, TH1RT3EN, is out on November 1, and it seems weird to say with all of the hype around old-school thrash metal these days, but the last ten years or so might be the most consistent period of Megadeth's career in terms of producing quality music.
Recently, someone opened an old book that happened to be available at a yard sale in Liverpool, England. In it was a folder letter by a young Paul McCartney, offering an audition to a now-unknown drummer in 1960, just days before the Beatles left for a two-month gig in Hamburg, Germany.
Last Wednesday saw the metal gods Judas Priest kick off the North American leg of their Epitaph World Tour in San Antonio, Texas. High-quality footage from the band's entire show has been posted online, and can be seen below.
Welcome to episode 1 of the "Guitar World Plays Rocksmith" series, where different Guitar World staffers play Rocksmith, a new authentic guitar game. Maybe you've seen the ads for Rocksmith; they feature a monkey playing a flamed Epiphone Les Paul, with the slogan "Anyone Can Play Guitar."
Today's lick is a sequence of fast, descending arpeggios based on the E Aeolian mode (E F♯ G A B C D) and performed in a deliberate two-notes-per-string pattern. I use strict alternate picking throughout the entire lick, beginning on a downstroke.