Cort Guitars has announced the second signature guitar from Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs — the Arena 1. The guitar features Scorpu pickups, which were designed by Jabs and made to his exact humbucker/single coil/humbucker specs.
By all accounts, Wolfgang Van Halen has been having a ball on the road with Tremonti in recent weeks, filling in while his father recovers from emergency surgery following a severe bout of diverticulitis.
In January of next year, Dutch guitarist Thomas Zwijsen will release Nylon Maiden, an album featuring classical-guitar arrangements of 11 classic songs by Iron Maiden, many of which have gone viral on YouTube.
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 Kamelot's tenth studio album — and first with new vocalist Tommy Karevik — due out on October 30, we recently caught up with guitarist and chief songwriter Thomas Youngblood to talk gear, Silverthorn, working with Fabio Lione and more.