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Sons of Apollo Premiere "Lost in Oblivion" Music Video

Sons of Apollo—the group featuring former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force)—have celebrated the release of their debut album, Psychotic Symphony by releasing a new music video for their song, "Lost in Oblivion."

You can watch the video—which was directed by Vicente Cordero—below.

Tommy Emmanuel Announces 'Accomplice One' Duets Album

Acclaimed guitarist and composer Tommy Emmanuel has announced a duets album titled Accomplice One.

The album—which is set for a January 19 release via CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers—features an impressive guest list that includes Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas and Amanda Shires, to name but a few.

Scorpions Announce 'Born To Touch Your Feelings—Best Of Rock Ballads' Compilation

German hard rock lifers Scorpions have announced Born To Touch Your Feelings—Best Of Rock Ballads, a compilation that collects 14 of the band's most well-known ballads, in addition to three brand-new tracks the band recorded this summer.

"We have put our most beautiful and legendary ballads on a brand new album and are topping it off with three brand new songs: 'Follow Your Heart', 'Always Be With You' and 'Melrose Avenue'," the band said of the compilation—which is set for a November 24 release—in a statement.

Watch John 5 Talk Riffs, Chicken Pickin' on 'My Favorite Riff with Nikki Sixx'

Last week, on his web series My Favorite Riff with Nikki Sixx former Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx sat down with Steve Vai to talk riffs, gear and Led Zeppelin.


Rush Announce 40th Anniversary 'A Farewell to Kings' Reissue

Rush have announced a 40th anniversary reissue of their 1977 album, A Farewell to Kings.

The reissue—which is set for a December 1 release—will be available in a Super Deluxe Edition, three-CD Deluxe Edition, four-LP Deluxe Edition and a Deluxe Digital Edition.

Trivium Premiere "The Sin and the Sentence" Playthrough

Back in August, Florida metal band Trivium premiered a new song called "The Sin and the Sentence." The band's first recording with new drummer Alex Bent, it was our first taste of the album of the same name, which is out today—October 20—via Roadrunner.

Earlier this week, the band dropped by Guitar World's New York offices to record a playthrough of "The Sin and the Sentence."

10 Essential Electric Guitar Design Innovators

Culled from the pages of their new book, Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound & Revolution of the Electric Guitar, renowned guitar journalists Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna run down the 10 key innovators who made the electric guitar the ultimate rock machine it is today.

Country Guitar Shredding Exercise: One-Minute Drill to Triple Your Hybrid Picking Speed

Hey, guys!

Doug Seven here again with a KILLER right-hand, double-stop exercise!

It's the intro from my song "Burp Rag," which I posted on YouTube a while back.

In today's video, I'm going to show you a one-minute drill that can really triple your hybrid picking speed and help you develop some sick double stops!


Practice Tips from Dream Theater's John Petrucci

Here are a few handy practice tips from John Petrucci, as originally published in the handy July 2004 issue of Guitar World.

01. Have a goal. Say to yourself, “During this hour I’m going to master this passage.” There’s nothing wrong with noodling—it can actually produce some of the best ideas—but you’ll get a lot more out of your practice time if you have an agenda.

Essential Guitar Licks: Stevie Ray Vaughan's "The Sky Is Crying" Bends

We all know a great lick when we hear one—Jimmy Page’s solo breaks in “Whole Lotta Love” and Mark Knopfler’s blistering triads in “Sultans of Swing,” for example. Moments like these grab your attention and aurally brand your ears forever.

Or, sometimes it acts more subliminally: You suddenly find yourself playing a certain lick over and over again, wondering, Where have I heard this before?