Welcome to Guitar World's roundup of the top 25 live, reissued and archival albums of 2012. The common theme of these 25 releases is easy to follow: They all feature classic or well-known songs that have been repackaged and presented anew, but with a twist, whether it be in the form of live versions, alternate versions, demos, simple remasters, etc.
With Phil Anselmo's debut solo album tentatively due sometime in 2013, fans can get an early taste of the former Pantera singer's solo material via a newly announced split EP with Texas thrashers Warbeast.
New Orleans-based supergroup Down have announced a run of live dates for early 2013. The trek, which has been dubbed the "Weed and Speed Tour," will kick off New Year's Day in Houston, Texas. Get the full list of dates below.
Back in June, Scion A.V. was on-hand at the Scion Rock Fest '12 — which featured performances from Sleep, Exodus, Saint Vitus, Suffocation and more — to document all of the action. Once again, we've teamed up with that most metal of car companies to bring you some killer exclusive content.
Rex Brown knows a thing or two about bass. The man has been pounding out well-known, monstrous basslines for close to 30 years, ever since Pantera's first record, Metal Magic, in 1983. Brown, who was inspired to play bass by Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones and Geezer Butler, teamed up with like-minded musicians Vinnie Paul, Terry Glaze and Dimebag Darrell in 1982. Phil Anselmo joined the band in 1987, forming what would be considered Pantera's classic lineup.
With only 16 guitarists remaining in our massive tournament to crown your choice for the greatest of all time, we decided it'd be nice to take a break this week and take a good, close look at the men who have made it through three grueling rounds to make it to our Sweet 16, which is being brought to you by Sweetwater Sound.
Van Halen’s impact on Dimebag’s playing is unmistakable. The “vibe” of early Van Halen is by far the most recognizable influence in Dimebag’s playing. From the grooving rhythms played like leads of their own, to the tone, to the phrasing in his lead playing, Dimebag took the inspiration of Edward Van Halen and forged his own identity.
Last week, New Orleans-based metal supergroup Down debuted a brand new song from their upcoming EP, Down IV Part I – The Purple EP. The track, titled "Witchtripper," is now available for streaming via YouTube, so check it out below.