Despite the fickle nature of Sydney, Australia's live scene, rock quartet the Lockhearts have been earning acclaim locally and internationally. Formed in Sydney in 2012 and led by vocalist Tim Meaco, the Lockhearts boast a melody-driven approach to modern rock. They recently released their debut single, "Freakshow," and are planning the next step in their journey.
Canadian musician Gustavo De Beauville, known in the metal world for his work in the Alberta Award-winning duo The Unravelling, has unleashed his instrumental solo debut, Volume 1. The album is a fascinating 15-track slab of psychedelic, ambient compositions with elements of industrial metal sprinkled throughout. He spoke to Guitar World about this album, his preferred gear and more.
Los Angeles-based industrial metal band Godhead recently released The Shadow Realigned, a new studio album consisting of 14 remixed versions of carefully selected tracks from the band's catalog, plus two cover tunes and a new, previously unreleased song called "To Heal."
They played a 90-minute set comprising a large chunk of their latest studio album, 9 Dead Alive, along with choice selections from the previous three albums. These included a cover of Metallica's "Orion" that got the crowd off its feet, and Radiohead's "Creep."
Swedish progressive metal stalwarts Opeth will soon release their still-untitled 11th studio album, the follow-up to 2011's Heritage, which saw the band veer toward an organic Seventies hard rock vibe.
I have a new signature guitar from Varberg called the Masvidalien. It’s just coming out now. I used that on the whole record. Then there’s another Varberg, the Warbird model, which I also used. But it’s a different guitar setup for this album, which was big for me because I was a Steinberger guy for many years. Now I’m totally in a different place with that, and that definitely affected things.
The tour began March 7 at the House Of Blues Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. A few hours before the show, guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström spoke to Guitar World about his gear setup, his favorite guitarists and cover tunes and more. Check out the conversation below, along with photos from the LA show.
Often heralded as one of heavy metal's more outspoken personalities, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has decided to hit the road in a stand-up/spoken-word format. His "Speaking Words" tour began with a few shows in the U.K. and spiraled into a short North American tour and a live DVD. Ian, who's in the middle of a two-week U.S. run, is running a Pledge Music campaign to fund the release of the Speaking Words In Glasgow DVD.
On September 18, Halestorm pulled into downtown Los Angeles to headline a show at the Wiltern. Their powerful 19-song, 90-minute set included an assortment of tracks from the band's two studio albums, along with selections from their upcoming ReAnimate 2.0 covers EP, leaving the fans beyond satisfied.
Below is an exclusive track-by-track rundown of Exhumed's new album, Necrocracy, by vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey. Necrocracy was released August 2 via Relapse Records. For more about Exhumed, check out their Facebook page.