News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%22http%3A/soundcloud.com/guitarworld%22%3EGuitarWorld%3C/%3Ehttp%3A en Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Fade to Black" Vs. "Crazy on You" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-fade-to-black-vs-crazy-on-you <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"FADE TO BLACK," METALLICA<br /> <em>Ride the Lightning</em> (1984)</strong></p> <p>Recorded way back in the early days of thrash, "Fade to Black" is rightly acknowledged as the genre's first "power ballad."</p> <p>A seven-minute rumination on despair and suicide, the song is built around singer and guitarist James Hetfield's mournful, arpeggiated acoustic picking, over which Kirk Hammett adds some beautiful and soaring electric leads. </p> <p> Of course, this being Metallica, things remain sweet and mellow for only so long. Midway through, the song builds in intensity, shifting rhythms and adding plenty of heavily distorted six-strings, culminating in an extended and explosive Hammett solo. </p> <p>While hardcore metalheads at the time accused Metallica of selling out by recording a ballad, "Fade to Black" remains one of the group's most well-known and beloved songs, and it is a concert staple to this day. Besides, as Hetfield has said, "Limiting yourself to please your audience is bullshit."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WEQnzs8wl6E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>”CRAZY ON YOU," HEART<br /> <em>Dreamboat Annie</em> (1976)</strong></p> <p>Beginning with an impressive acoustic guitar intro by Nancy Wilson followed by words of lust and the desire sang by Ann Wilson, Heart debuted strong with their first American single. </p> <p>Off of 'Dreamboat Annie,' released in 1976, the song was played heavily on the airwaves and received attention because of a rarity at the time — the guitar player was female. </p> <p>Nancy Wilson remarked that the quick acoustic rhythm intro was inspired by “Question” by the Moody Blues. The lyrics were written about the stress that social unrest and the Vietnam War had caused in the U.S. in the early ‘70s, and the want to forget about it all in the heat of the moment. Although only peaking at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, “Crazy On You” still remains a Heart classic. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4gpNqB4dnT4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9044705.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9044705/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Fade to Black" Vs. "Crazy on You"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/277003479/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/277003479/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_10993" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/heart">Heart</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-fade-to-black-vs-crazy-on-you#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Crazy on You Fade to Black Heart Metallica News Blogs Blogs News Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:35:23 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25361 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Wanted Dead or Alive" Vs. "Dust In The Wind" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wanted-dead-or-alive-vs-dust-in-the-wind <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE," BON JOVI<br /> <em>Slippery When Wet</em> (1986)</strong> </p> <p>The story is legend: Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora ride into the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards, do the acoustic-duo thing on "Wanted Dead or Alive," and before you can say "dreadnought," the Unplugged series is born. The song is no slouch either. </p> <p>On it, Sambora lays down some fancy acoustic finger work, picking out descending arpeggios and bluesy bends as JBJ rolls his fascination with the Old West into a story about the weariness of life on the road. The result was a smash hit, insuring that Bon Jovi would see a million faces and rock them all for many years to come.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Mqyrt7RCgsg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>"DUST IN THE WIND," KANSAS<br /> <em>Point of Know Return</em> (1977)</strong> </p> <p>When Vicci Livgren overheard her husband, Kansas guitarist Kerry, practicing finger exercises on his acoustic one day, she told him she heard a song there and suggested he add some lyrics. He listened, and the result was "Dust in the Wind." </p> <p>A departure from Kansas' characteristic prog-rock bombast, "Dust in the Wind" was a stark, plaintive meditation on the meaning of life. </p> <p>While many assume that the track features a 12-string acoustic, the rich unplugged sound is actually the result of multiple six-strings (a few in Nashville tuning), played by Livgren and co-guitarist Rich Williams. </p> <p>The song became Kansas' only Top-10 single, charting at Number Six in 1978. In the years since, it has become something of a cultural touchstone, popping up everywhere from TV shows like <em>The Simpsons</em> and <em>Family Guy</em> to movies like <em>Bill &amp; Ted's Excellent Adventure</em> and <em>Old School</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tH2w6Oxx0kQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9044682.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9044682/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Dust In The Wind" Vs "Wanted Dead or Alive"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/276864268/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/276864268/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_56083" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wanted-dead-or-alive-vs-dust-in-the-wind#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Bon Jovi Dust In The Wind Kansas News Wanted Dead or Alive Blogs News Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:35:23 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25360 at http://www.guitarworld.com Soilwork's David Andersson Premieres "The Ride Majestic" Playthrough Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/soilworks-david-andersson-premieres-ride-majestic-playthrough-video-exclusive/25367 <!--paging_filter--><p>In the exclusive video below, Soilwork's David Andersson discusses the band's new—and 10th—album, <em>The Ride Majestic,</em> which was <a href="http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB">released today via Nuclear Blast Records.</a></p> <p>He also plays plenty of guitar in the clip, even providing a playthrough of "The Ride Majestic (Aspire Angelic)," the title track from the new album.</p> <p><em>The Ride Majestic</em> is available in various formats (CD, vinyl, TS/CD bundle) <a href="http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB">right here, right now.</a> </p> <p>Since we're on the topic, be sure to join Bjorn “Speed” Strid and Dirk Verbeuren to hear the new album at the official <em>The Ride Majestic</em> NYC listening party, which takes place 9 tonight (August 28) at Duff’s Brooklyn (168 Marcy Ave., Williamsburg). There's no cover at the door; you must be 21+ with ID to enter. This event is open to the public.</p> <p>This fall, Soilwork will arrive in the U.S. to kick off their We Sold Our Souls to Metal tour in support of Soulfly, with additional special guests Decapitated and Shattered Sun. You can see all the dates below the new video.</p> <p><strong>For more about Soilwork, visit <a href="http://www.soilwork.org/">soilwork.org</a> and follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/soilwork">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LmH8weTwllE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>U.S. “We Sold Our Souls to Metal” 2015 Tour</strong><br /> <em>For more info and tickets, visit <a href="http://www.soulfly.com/">soulfly.com.</a></em><br /> <em>SOULFLY, SOILWORK, DECAPITATED, SHATTERED SUN</em></p> <p>9/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre<br /> 10/1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom<br /> 10/2 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre<br /> 10/3 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven<br /> 10/4 - Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre<br /> 10/6 - Kelowna, BC @ Level Nightclub<br /> 10/7 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite<br /> 10/8 - Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre<br /> 10/9 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre<br /> 10/10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater<br /> 10/12 - Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom<br /> 10/13 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom<br /> 10/14 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House Concert Venue<br /> 10/15 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre<br /> 10/16 - Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium - Rock &amp; Shock<br /> 10/18 - Columbus, OH @ Northland Performing Arts Center<br /> 10/19 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot<br /> 10/20 - New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre<br /> 10/21 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar<br /> 10/22 - Knoxville, TN @ The International<br /> 10/23 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade<br /> 10/24 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room<br /> 10/25 - St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre<br /> 10/27 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar<br /> 10/28 - Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room &amp; Garage<br /> 10/29 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!<br /> 10/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre<br /> 10/31 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red - no Soulfly<br /> 11/1 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick - no Soulfly</p> <p><em>Photo: Hannah Verbeuren</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/soilworks-david-andersson-premieres-ride-majestic-playthrough-video-exclusive/25367#comments David Andersson Guitar Playthrough Soilwork Videos News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:50:06 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25367 at http://www.guitarworld.com Watch Metallica's James Hetfield "Audition" for ‘Call of Duty’ — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-metallicas-james-hetfield-audition-call-duty-video/25373 <!--paging_filter--><p>As part of the <em>Call of Duty: Black Ops III</em> charity campaign to help military veterans find employment after their service, the charity group Omaze has released a new video showing celebrities “auditioning’ to play the role of a zombie in the video game. </p> <p>Among the people giving it their best is Metallica's James Hetfield. Check out the video below for the full audition reel.</p> <p>To find out more about the <em>Call of Duty</em> charity, visit <a href="http://www.omaze.com/">Omaze.</a> Everyone who donates also will be entered into a drawing to become a virtual zombie in ‘Black Ops III.’ </p> <p>Hopefully the winner will do as good a job as Hetfield and M. Shadows.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pFhie4746FY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-metallicas-james-hetfield-audition-call-duty-video/25373#comments Call of Duty James Hetfield Videos News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:37:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25373 at http://www.guitarworld.com 10 Essential Heavy Metal Documentaries You Need to Watch Now — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/10-essential-heavy-metal-documentaries-you-need-watch-now-video/25372 <!--paging_filter--><p>The recent success of the N.W.A. biopic, <em>Straight Outta Compton,</em> demonstrated that extreme music can be of extreme interest to audiences. </p> <p>And so, we've opted to take a look at some great metal movies. </p> <p>Of course, there aren’t too many heavy metal biopics out there (other than maybe this one), so instead, here are 10 artist-specific documentaries that are definitely worth your precious time. Grab the popcorn.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>10. Ozzy Osbourne: <em>God Bless Ozzy Osbourne</em></strong></p> <p>Despite being co-produced by Ozzy’s son Jack, this film takes a surprisingly candid look at the Prince of Darkness. The stories recounted by former band mates like Bill Ward and former tour mates like Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee are, as would be expected, hilarious and often debased. But it’s the interactions between Ozzy and his family, and the examination of his decades-long battle with drugs and alcohol, that are the heart of the movie.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/16_7P6TmeJ8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>9. Anvil: <em>Anvil! The Story of Anvil</em></strong></p> <p>Even people who aren’t into metal fell hard for this hard-luck story about an early Eighties Canadian act who became almost-famous, only to spend the next two decades slogging it out in virtual obscurity. Fittingly, since the release of the film Anvil have enjoyed more success than they ever did in their prime, releasing new albums, touring extensively and playing shows with the likes of AC/DC.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FF4H8lB2Y_o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>8. Motley Crue: <em>Uncensored</em></strong></p> <p>A promo-video-plus-behind-the-scenes footage collection, ‘Uncensored’ stands as a gloriously decadent documentation of glam metal in its mid-Eighties heyday. Wanna know what the Sunset Strip scene was like? Look no further than one Vince Neil being interviewed half-naked…as he’s surrounded by well-endowed women…and having a drink…in a pool…that’s in the back of a limousine.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2r9J3jbKFUI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>7. Lemmy Kilmister: <em>Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son of a Bitch</em></strong></p> <p>Lemmy, as they say, is God. This documentary shows you why.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mOmcIf8Io9M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>6. Metallica: <em>Some Kind of Monster</em></strong></p> <p>Metallica has been maligned and even ridiculed over the years for their employment of a “performance-enhancing coach” to work out issues between band mates—a situation that forms the crux of much of this movie. But the fact remains that ‘Some Kind of Monster’ is a brave pulling back of the curtain by the world’s biggest metal band, who expose all their messy insides for the whole world to see.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eE4wmmnahnk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>5. Alice Cooper: <em>Super Duper Alice Cooper</em></strong></p> <p>Alice Cooper might not be metal, per se, but his musical offspring—everyone from Marilyn Manson to Rammstein to Rob Zombie—certainly are. What’s more, this excellent 2014 documentary, which features amazing archival footage of the ‘Coop in action, demonstrates that, in his prime, he just may have been the scariest of them all. Just ask the poor chicken who had the misfortune of encountering him onstage…</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wQEh9ZaiJqs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>4. Cannibal Corpse: <em>Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years</em></strong></p> <p>This three-hour-plus documentary of the seminal death metal act’s first two decades is shockingly inclusive, with home-video footage of seemingly every step in their long, trailblazing and often disgusting career. As Ice-T aptly puts it in one of the many talking-head appearances, “Yo! This is some crazy shit right here!”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-5q4wi_hYx8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>3. Pantera: <em>3: Watch It Go</em></strong></p> <p>The Cowboys from Hell certainly raised plenty of it onstage. But as their home videos attest—and none more so than ’3′—the insanity continued basically everywhere else. Among other antics, witness the band members, along with crew and friends, destroy dressing rooms and cars, play of juvenile pranks on one another, and do plenty of drinking and puking—and in one case, even shitting in the woods.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AwvcNl5oyHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>2. Iron Maiden: <em>Flight 666</em></strong></p> <p>Iron Maiden’s 1985 ‘Live After Death’ concert film stands among the greatest live metal videos of all time. So how to top it? By producing another onstage doc that not only includes incredible live performances, but also footage of your singer flying the entire band from massive show to massive show on their own private plane—cheekily dubbed Ed Force One.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6yY4vrpb3rM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>1. Celtic Frost: <em>A Dying God</em></strong></p> <p>This 2008 doc, directed by Swiss journalist Adrian Winkler, follows Celtic Frost on their 2006-2007 reunion tour in support of their final studio album, ‘Monotheist.’ In addition to capturing the rejuvenated band live onstage across Europe, Japan and the U.S., there’s also plenty of interview segments with Thomas Gabriel Fischer and Martin Ain about the history and then-present state of the influential group. </p> <p>But the real bonus is awesome archival footage of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost in their early days, including an entertaining interview/live performance segment from Swiss television in 1985.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6HN8kGB4urg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ozzy-osbourne">Ozzy Osbourne</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/10-essential-heavy-metal-documentaries-you-need-watch-now-video/25372#comments Anvil Metallica Ozzy Osbourne Guitar World Lists Videos News Features Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:09:23 +0000 Richard Bienstock 25372 at http://www.guitarworld.com Tommy Emmanuel Premieres New Song, “It’s Never Too Late" — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/tommy-emmanuel-premieres-new-song-it-s-never-too-late-exclusive/25369 <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of “It’s Never Too Late," a new song by Australian virtuoso guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.</p> <p>It's the title track from his new album, which will be released September 18 via Thirty Tigers.</p> <p>The good news for fans is that the album is already available for preorder <a href="http://smarturl.it/TE_INTL">right here.</a></p> <p>Emmanuel also has announced an extensive U.S. tour that'll take place September and November and also in January and February. The tour will kick off September 17 with a show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.</p> <p>In late November, Emmanuel will kick off his first Classics and Christmas tour, which will wind down in early December. Emmanuel will perform a full solo set of his favorite original songs followed by a full set of Christmas music. You can check out all of Emmanuel's scheduled dates right below the Soundcloud player.</p> <p>Of course, be sure to tell us what you think of the new song in the comments below or on Facebook.</p> <p><strong>For more about Emmanuel and <em>It's Never Too Late,</em> visit <a href="http://tommyemmanuel.com/">tommyemmanuel.com</a> and follow him on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tommyemmanuel?fref=ts">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221183652%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-cdD95&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>IT'S NEVER TOO LATE</em> 2015 FALL TOUR</strong></p> <p>DATE CITY VENUE<br /> Sept 17 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre<br /> Sept 18 Las Vegas, NV Boulder Station Hotel<br /> Sept 19 Las Vegas, NV Red Rocks Casino &amp; Resort<br /> Sept 24 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center<br /> Sept 25 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall<br /> Sept 26 Albany, NY The Egg<br /> Sept 27 Providence, RI The Vet</p> <p>Nov 5 Boulder, CO Macky Auditorium<br /> Nov 6 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak<br /> Nov 7 Tulsa, OK Tulsa PAC<br /> Nov 12 Annapolis, MD Rams Head<br /> Nov 13 Annapolis, MD Rams Head<br /> Nov 14 Virginia Beach, VA Sandler Center<br /> Nov 15 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall<br /> Nov 18 Houston, TX Cullen PAC<br /> Nov 19 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre<br /> Nov 20 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre<br /> Nov 21 San Antonio, TX Empire Theatre</p> <p><strong>CLASSICS &amp; CHRISTMAS TOUR 2015 </strong></p> <p>DATE CITY VENUE<br /> Nov 28 Corbin, KY Corbin High School<br /> Dec 2 Burnsville, MN Burnsville PAC<br /> Dec 3 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place<br /> Dec 4 Madison, WI Shannon Hall<br /> Dec 5 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at Midland<br /> Dec 7 Columbus, OH Capital Theater<br /> Dec 8 Columbus, OH Capital Theater<br /> Dec 9 Cincinnati, OH McAuley Performing Arts Center<br /> Dec 11 Chicago, IL Park West<br /> Dec 12 St. Louis, MO The Sheldon<br /> Dec 13 St. Louis, MO The Sheldon</p> <p><strong><em>IT'S NEVER TOO LATE</em> 2016 WINTER TOUR</strong></p> <p>DATE CITY VENUE<br /> Dec 31 Phoenix, AZ Ikeda Theater-Mesa Arts Center<br /> Jan 15 Carmel, CA Sunset Cultural Center<br /> Jan 16 San Jose, CA Heritage Theatre<br /> Jan 17 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre<br /> Jan 19 Malibu, CA Smothers Theatre<br /> Jan 20 Malibu, CA Smothers Theatre<br /> Jan 21 San Luis Obispo, CA Christopher Cohan Center<br /> Jan 22 Santa Barbara, CA Campbell Hall<br /> Jan 23 Merced, CA Merced Theatre<br /> Jan 24 Sacramento, CA Community Center Theatre<br /> Feb 4 Boston, MA Wilbur Theatre<br /> Feb 5 State College, PA The State Theatre<br /> Feb 6 New York, NY Town Hall<br /> Feb 8 Alexandria, VA Birchmere<br /> Feb 9 Alexandria, VA Birchmere<br /> Feb 11 Bethlehem, PA Moravian College<br /> Feb 12 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre<br /> Feb 13 Cleveland, OH The Ohio Theatre<br /> Feb 14 Grand Rapids, MI DeVos Hall<br /> Feb 16 Louisville, KY Bohmard Theatre<br /> Feb 20 Springfield, MO Gilloz Theatre<br /> Feb 21 Champaign, IL Victory Theatre<br /> Feb 23 Milwaukee, WI South Milwaukee PAC<br /> Feb 24 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark<br /> Feb 26 Indianapolis, IN The Egyptian Room<br /> Feb 27 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium</p> <p><em>Photo: Simone Cecchetti</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/tommy-emmanuel-premieres-new-song-it-s-never-too-late-exclusive/25369#comments Simone Cecchetti Tommy Emmanuel News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:51:49 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25369 at http://www.guitarworld.com Gary Clark Jr. Premieres "Grinder" Music Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-clark-jr-premieres-grinder-music-video-exclusive/25370 <!--paging_filter--><p>Gary Clark Jr. and GuitarWorld.com have gotten together to premiere "Grinder," Clark's new music video.</p> <p>You can check out the clip—which was directed by Gaston Jouany—below.</p> <p>"Grinder," which starts off with some feedback before settling into a dirty, bluesy groove, is from Clark's new album, <em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim,</em> which is set for a September 11 release via Warner Bros. Records.</p> <p>Clark wrote, produced and arranged the album, even playing the majority of the instruments himself. His sisters, Shawn and Savannah Clark, perform on the record as backing vocalists. As Clark said in a promo video for the new album, “The underlying tone of this album is faith and hope, really, at the end of the day. ‘Cause that’s all we need.”</p> <p><em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim</em> is Clark's second album, the followup to 2012's <em>Blak and Blu.</em> You can check out its complete track list below.</p> <p>Clark also has announced a fall/spring headlining tour that will take him across the U.S. Every ticket bought online will come with a standard digital download of <em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim</em>. You can see his tour dates below. </p> <p><em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim</em> can be preordered <a href="http://www.garyclarkjr.com/gcjsosbs/">right here.</a> All preorders come with instant downloads of "The Healing" and "Grinder."</p> <p><strong>For more about Clark, visit <a href="http://www.garyclarkjr.com/gcjsosbs">garyclarkjr.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5ffEpbvAcG4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <strong><em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim</em> Track List:</strong></p> <p>01. The Healing<br /> 02. Grinder<br /> 03. Star<br /> 04. Our Love<br /> 05. Church<br /> 06. Hold On<br /> 07. Cold Blooded<br /> 08. Wings<br /> 09. BYOB<br /> 10. Can’t Sleep<br /> 11. Stay<br /> 12. Shake<br /> 13. Down to Ride</p> <p><strong>Gary Clark Jr. 2015 Tour Dates:</strong></p> <p>09/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *<br /> 09/12 – George, WA @ Gorge Ampitheatre *<br /> 09/14 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center *<br /> 09/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Ampitheatre *<br /> 09/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum *<br /> 09/24 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre *<br /> 09/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion *<br /> 09/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Ampitheater *<br /> 09/29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena *<br /> 09/30 – Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena *<br /> 10/02 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits<br /> 10/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Centennial Olympic Park *<br /> 10/05 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *<br /> 10/07 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum *<br /> 10/09 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits<br /> 10/17 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center *<br /> 10/31 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues<br /> 11/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore<br /> 02/18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live<br /> 02/19 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore<br /> 02/20 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues<br /> 02/21 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall<br /> 02/23 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City<br /> 02/24 – Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theater<br /> 02/26 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium<br /> 02/28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant<br /> 03/01 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom<br /> 03/04 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom<br /> 03/06 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues<br /> 03/08 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls<br /> 03/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl<br /> 03/31 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater<br /> 04/01 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater<br /> 04/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue<br /> 04/03 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown<br /> 04/05 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater<br /> 04/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot<br /> 04/09 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory<br /> 04/10 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater<br /> 04/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom<br /> 04/14 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater<br /> * = w/ Foo Fighters</p> <p><em>Photo: Frank Maddocks</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/gary-clark-jr">Gary Clark Jr.</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-clark-jr-premieres-grinder-music-video-exclusive/25370#comments Gary Clark Jr. Videos News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:48:15 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25370 at http://www.guitarworld.com Labor Day Sale: Save 25 Percent at the Guitar World Online Store http://www.guitarworld.com/labor-day-sale-save-25-percent-guitar-world-online-store/25371 <!--paging_filter--><p>In celebration of Labor Day 2015, the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/dvds/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=LaborDay2015">Guitar World Online Store</a> invites you to save 25 percent on anything and everything!</p> <p>Just be sure to use code <strong>LABORDAY2015</strong> at checkout.</p> <p>Once again, that's <strong>LABORDAY2015</strong>!</p> <p>The sale includes every item at the store, including DVDs, books, T-shirts and more.</p> <p>NOTE: This sale ends 11:59 p.m. September 8, 2015.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/dvds/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=LaborDay2015">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/labor-day-sale-save-25-percent-guitar-world-online-store/25371#comments Guitar World Online Store labor day sale News Features Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:40:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25371 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Blackbird" Vs. "Layla (Unplugged)" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-blackbird-vs-layla-unplugged <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks, we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time, presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”BLACKBIRD,” THE BEATLES<br /> <em>The Beatles</em> (1968)</strong></p> <p>The classic tune “Blackbird” was written by Paul McCartney in lieu of the escalating racial tensions in the U.S. at the time. </p> <p>McCartney said on a radio show interview that “the whole idea of ‘you were only waiting for this moment to arise’ was about, you know, the black people’s struggle in the Southern states, and I was using the symbolism of a blackbird.”</p> <p>“Blackbird” is truly an acoustic masterpiece, with the simplicity of an acoustic guitar, foot tapping, birdsongs and powerful lyrics.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UaSMROk-D-A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>”LAYLA (UNPLUGGED),” ERIC CLAPTON<br /> <em>Unplugged</em> (1992)</strong></p> <p>“Layla (Unplugged)” is an acoustic take on the original 1970 record by Eric Clapton’s former band, Derek and the Dominos. </p> <p>The track won a Grammy in 1992 for Best Rock Song, which has been documented a one of the biggest upsets in Grammy history because it beat out Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” </p> <p>This newer arrangement is slowed down and mellowed out, with the focus on the rolling acoustic guitar and emotional, somber vocal performance. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iZV7akaSo0s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9033940.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9033940/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Blackbird" Vs "Layla (Unplugged)"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/276426009/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/276426009/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_71945" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-blackbird-vs-layla-unplugged#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Blackbird Eric Clapton Layla News Poll Polls The Beatles Blogs News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:47:01 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25328 at http://www.guitarworld.com Lamb of God's Mark Morton, Willie Adler and Randy Blythe Talk Turmoil and Their Vibrant New Album, 'VII: Sturm Und Drang' http://www.guitarworld.com/storm-survivors-lamb-god-talks-working-through-turmoil-recording-new-album/25184 <!--paging_filter--><p>Nearly 15 minutes into a phone call with Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton about events that took place between the release of 2012’s <em>Resolution</em> and the band’s new album <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em>, the normally ultra-mellow musician adopts a slightly defensive tone. </p> <p>“This thing really broadsided us,” Morton says from his daughter’s bedroom, the only place in his house where he can get any privacy. </p> <p>“When Randy was arrested, we weren’t aware there had even been any sort of incident, and suddenly he’s being hauled off to jail. It’s hard to describe what we went through because, ultimately, the reason that it happened is so tragic.”</p> <p>Morton is talking about the subject he’s least interested in addressing, but knew would come up—the 2012 arrest of vocalist Randy Blythe in Prague for allegedly committing manslaughter. </p> <p>In summary, at a concert in 2010, 19-year-old Daniel Nosek clambered onstage and Blythe allegedly shoved him back into the crowd. Nosek landed on his head, suffering brain injuries, which he died from two weeks later. When Lamb of God returned to Prague in 2012, a team of armed policemen surrounded them at the airport and arrested Blythe, who spent five weeks in jail before he was released on bail. </p> <p>Blythe returned to Prague in February 2013 to stand trial, even though he faced up to 10 years behind bars. After six days of testimony he was acquitted by the court, which determined he was morally, but not criminally, responsible for Nosek’s death.</p> <p>“The whole time he was in there I wasn’t worried about what might happen to the band, I was worried about my friend Randy,” Morton says. “It was a super-heavy and depressing thing to go through, and those feelings don’t just go away because it’s over now.” </p> <p>When asked if he was elated when he learned Blythe was exonerated, Morton pauses, then responds, “How can you be stoked about a situation in which someone died? I never thought Randy did anything wrong, but knowing that justice was served after this long period of time went along with the knowledge that this family lost their son. How does someone cope with that? There’s nothing about this situation to celebrate.”</p> <p>A few long moments of silence later, it becomes clear that the phone connection has been severed. It seems Morton has hung up. <em>Guitar World</em> leaves messages on his manager’s phone and publicist’s cell voicemail. Five excruciating minutes pass. Then six. With interviews already conducted with co-guitarist Willie Adler and Blythe, it would be a shame if Morton is through talking.</p> <p>Then the phone rings. “Hey, man. I know it must totally seem like I hung up on you, but I swear I didn’t,” he explains. “I’m out here in Virginia and my cell service is terrible. But I’m back. Ask me anything.”</p> <p>It’s a huge relief to know Morton didn’t get pissed off and bail on the interview. Even without touching on Blythe’s incarceration, which had a major impact on the songwriting process, sound and spirit of the new album, there’s still plenty to talk about. And Morton played a major role in the creation of <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em>, which features some of Lamb of God’s most trenchant thrash and tech-metal riffs, satisfying accompanying lines, creative production techniques and insightful lyrics. </p> <p>There’s a new resilience, enthusiasm and creativity throughout the songwriting and playing, as if the realization that they could have lost their vocalist for 10 years gave Lamb of God fresh life.<br /> Mentioning Morton’s skill as a songwriter and soloist doesn’t downplay the considerable talents or contributions of rhythm guitarist Willie Adler, who was actually the first one in the band to start writing for the follow-up to <em>Resolution</em>. </p> <p>“When Randy was in jail, for some reason I just wanted to dive into writing,” Adler says. “I had to make that my priority. I became obsessive. Not that my thoughts weren’t with Randy or the family that was going through all of this, but my therapy was to continue pushing myself and continue writing. And that’s kind of all I could think about. It was hard not to keep in the back of my mind that the music I was writing might not even be for Lamb of God. That thought was ever-present and I don’t know if that filled me with the drive to keep going or if my drive was to distract myself from that thought.”</p> <p>With few exceptions, the songs on <em>Sturm Und Drang</em> are more adventurous and the performances more cohesive than most of Lamb of God’s past output. “Embers” starts with a clattering industrial beat over a slow, moody down-picked melody before igniting into a series of chugging riffs and rapid-fire licks. “Engage the Fear Machine” couples queasy guitars with a martial beat, and leaves space between chords for swinging southern rock guitar lines and haunting arpeggios. And “Delusion Pandemic” is built around swift, complex rhythms that shift throughout the song, intermingled with guitar earworms that overshadow the abundant twists and turns. </p> <p>“If anything, the whole situation with Randy in jail really put this whole band situation in a very different light and context,” Morton says. “Now, three years later, we’ve come out far stronger and bonded closer as a band because of what we all went through, as horrible as it was.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qoM6qDXw9Dw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> One could surmise that <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em> sounds so vibrant and vital because Adler, Morton, bassist John Campbell and drummer Chris Adler were stoked to be making music together again. Even if that’s the case, Blythe sounds furious for an entirely different reason. <p>The last place he wanted to be was in the studio.</p> <p>“Seriously, I was like, ‘Fuck, I don’t wanna go back in there,’ ” he says, sitting on the outdoor porch of his home in Richmond, Virginia, on a 90-degree day, bare-chested and dressed in a pair of $14 black Target shorts. </p> <p>“The sessions went well and all and I’m very happy with the songs, but I’m bummed out every time we have to make another record because I hate recording. Some guys are studio dudes. Mark loves the studio. He’s not such a big fan of touring. I like touring. I do not enjoy the recording process. It drives me fucking nuts. But it’s a necessary evil when you’re in a band.”</p> <p><em>Sturm Und Drang</em>, which translates in English to Storm and Stress, was an 18th Century German romantic literary movement that valued individuality, awareness of nature and spontaneous emotional expression. Morton, who co-wrote some of the lyrics, suggested the title to Blythe, who loved it. </p> <p>“Mark and I were texting one day and talking about this theme that had developed in the record about how people react when placed in extreme situations,” Blythe says. “So we were like, ‘We need a title that reflects this.’ We were trying to think of a single English word or phrase that encapsulates it and we were beating our heads against the wall. Then Mark got back to me and said, “Do you know what Sturm Und Drang is?” I said, ‘Yes, of course I do.’ I know it because I read a lot. And I knew a bit about [the scene’s founder] Goethe and the development of literature. But I also knew it from the general context it has taken on, and I said, ‘Yup, that’s perfect.’ </p> <p>We had to argue for it a bit because everyone else was not as convinced that it was so perfect. But it really encapsulates what the record is about and where the band has been over the past few years.”</p> <p>As the group’s main songwriters, Morton and Adler naturally had the most impact on the eclectic sound of <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em>. Having gotten a jumpstart on his co-guitarist, Adler spent more time writing than usual and penned some of his favorite riffs during the time between Blythe’s incarceration and the continuation of the <em>Resolution</em> tour. </p> <p>Morton, meanwhile was less ambitious in advance than usual. Instead of writing complete songs and demoing them with lead guitar, bass and a guide vocal, he cobbled together a batch of riffs and segues, and in late 2013 brought them to practice to figure out where they would work best.</p> <p>“We presented our ideas to each other, and almost immediately all these lightbulbs started to go off,” Adler says. “Any time Mark had a riff, it seemed like I had a part that fit together with it and that hadn’t happened in a long time.” </p> <p>The songs on <em>Sturm Und Drang</em> benefited from the guitarists’ collaborative energy. Simple and complex passages clicked like Lego blocks, and the counter-melodies sounded equally spot-on. “After all this time in Lamb of God, we know how each other plays,” Adler says. “So when we’re working on our own, it’s almost like we’re writing for the other guy’s part even when that wasn’t the original intention.”</p> <p>In the spring of 2014, Morton and Adler presented their song ideas to bassist John Campbell and drummer Chris Adler, and the four musicians fine-tuned and sometimes revamped the material as a full band. That’s when politics entered the equation. The band members voted on every idea and majority ruled. It’s the way Lamb of God have always worked, only in the past there were fewer parts to vote on since more of the songs came in complete. Having such a democratic writing process has sometimes caused tempers to flare, so to prevent blowouts each member of Lamb of God has the power to veto anything egregiously objectionable. </p> <p>“Say four guys want a particular song to be called ‘Candyland’ and one guy’s totally against it (I’m using that as an example because I’m looking at that game right now),” Morton explains. “I could say, ‘You know what? I don’t care if it’s four to one. I cannot live with that title. I hate it, I’m gonna hate it forever and I’m gonna be so pissed off about this that it’ll always bother me.’ Then, you can use your veto. But you really only get to throw that card when it really counts. I’m not sure I’ve ever even thrown mine.”</p> <p>The first couple songs the band wrote for <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em> didn’t make the grade, so they were dissected and the best parts were used in other tunes. Song number three was the charm. With the propulsive “Still Echoes,” which features a blood pressure–raising, off-time opening riff before leveling off a tad, Lamb of God hit full stride and never looked back.</p> <p>“I had been farming a little bit on my laptop at home between tours and I came up with this high-energy part that demanded a reaction,” Morton says. “Everyone loved it, and when we could play ‘Still Echoes’ in rehearsal, or at least a version of it, that, to me, was a big moment. It was the first time in the session that we all went, ‘Okay, we’re on to something. That song’s bad-ass.’ ”</p> <p>“When Mark first played that opening riff, it reminded me of old Burn the Priest [the band’s former name under which they released one self-titled album in 1999], and when Chris put the blast beats over it, a lot of memories of those days flooded back,” Adler says. </p> <p>Producer Josh Wilbur, who produced <em>Resolution</em> and has also worked with All That Remains, Hatebreed and others, flew to Lamb of God’s practice space in August 2014 and spent a month working with the band to narrow down the best ideas and help tie together loose ends. At that point, Lamb of God had 15 completed songs and 24 unfinished ideas, many of which had been sewn together in various configurations. </p> <p>“Even the complete songs were absolutely torn apart,” Adler says. “In some cases, we stole riffs from finished songs and added them to unfinished songs, and this was way before any of them had titles.”<br /> Lamb of God continued tweaking and revising, and Blythe frantically wrote lyrics once he heard the material. Then in January 2015 Lamb of God flew to Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, California, and tracked for two weeks with Wilbur before heading to Australia for a short tour. Instead of recording the drums first, as they had done in the past, Morton, Adler and Campbell played to basic MIDI beats, which gave them more flexibility when it came to the final recording. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OCmBWOF1A0g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> “That was Josh’s idea,” Morton says. “He discovered that when you track drums first there is very little room for the song structures to change, and he wanted us to have the freedom to be able to change a vocal part or extend or shorten a rhythm. Once the drums are done, you’re committed. It was a little less fun to do it that way, but the strategy seems pretty smart to me.” <p>Wilbur had other, more subtle ideas that added to the diversity of <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em>. These included adding talk box guitar to the ripping “Erase This.” </p> <p>“One day I was driving our rental car to the store to get a drink, and Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ came on the radio,” recalls Morton. “I got back to the studio, handed Josh a drink and asked, ‘Hey, who produced “Livin’ on a Prayer”? And Josh said, ‘I don’t know, but it’s funny you brought that up because I was just thinking it would be really cool if you put talk box guitar in the middle of the song. And now that you brought up Bon Jovi, we have to do it. I think it’s a sign!’ I was like, ‘Okay, fuck it, but if we’re gonna do the talk box we better make sure this is where we want it because we’re never going to do it again.’ ” </p> <p>“I had never used a talk box before, so our friend from Dunlop came in with a couple for us to try,” adds Adler. “Josh was stoked on the idea, but in my mind I’m just thinking about Peter Frampton and Joe Walsh, and I was like, ‘Uhh, I don’t know about this.’ But it came out awesome.”</p> <p>In addition to experimenting with new guitar techniques, Lamb of God took liberties with vocals. Instead of screaming his way through the entire album, Blythe only roared and howled for about 80 percent of the songs. Elsewhere, he talked, ranted, half-sang and even crooned; the song “Overlord” is probably the closest Lamb of God will likely ever get to Metallica’s “One.”</p> <p>“I started writing ‘Overlord’ two years ago, and I would play little bits here and there on the road for Mark,” Adler says. “But I never envisioned it as a Lamb tune until it came back up in rehearsal and I brought it in. At that point it was still in a really skeletal phase. But once everybody gave their input it started to form into this really rad song.”</p> <p>“It’s not the first time Randy’s sung clean,” Morton clarifies. “There was a deep cut on <em>Resolution</em>, ‘Insurrection,’ where he did the fourth verse clean. And it served a really great purpose because we kind of set the stage with that song. So it wasn’t a completely foreign idea when we went to do ‘Overlord.’ ”</p> <p>For Blythe, adding melodic vocals to his plate was neither daunting nor enthralling, it was just…necessary. “Honestly, I didn’t think much about it,” Blythe says. “It all happened very organically. Willie sent me some riffs. I started singing in my truck and I went with my instincts. It happened naturally. I did a bunch of takes for it in the studio, but it was actually easier for me than screaming. And it’s not auto-tuned. That’s my real voice.”</p> <p>Contrary to what some media outlets have reported, <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em> isn’t a concept record about life behind bars. Nor is it a treatise about being back on the outside. And despite the intensity of Blythe’s vocals, writing and recording wasn’t particularly therapeutic for him and didn’t provide any sort of closure to his ordeal in Prague.</p> <p>“I don’t need to write a prison record for closure, so this is not a prison record,” Blythe insists. “People constantly want to call it that and they want to put me in that state of post-traumatic stress disorder. They’ll say, ‘Do you have nightmares? Are you depressed?’ I’m not a fucking fragile egg. Sometimes shit sucks and you man up and deal with it. Maybe people are too fucking fragile now or something because this term ‘PTSD’ always pops up. That one should be reserved for combat vets. Those motherfuckers have to face life and death situations all the fucking time. I don’t get PTSD when I have an argument with my wife or when someone cuts me off in traffic. I’m not that soft.”</p> <p>Blythe started writing two songs, “Still Echoes” and “512,” in his journal while he was in prison, and each reflects a different aspect of his experience there. The former is a tribute to the Misfits’ “London Dungeon,” which was about the time the band spent two nights in a jail in Brixton, England, after frontman Glenn Danzig and guitarist Bobby Steele got into a fight with skinheads while waiting to see the Jam. “I kept singing that song to myself for inspiration while I was in jail, along with Bad Brains’ ‘Attitude’ and Black Flag’s ‘Rise Above,’ ” Blythe says. “Those were my jams.”</p> <p>“512” is a more serious track about the psychological change prisoners go through when they’re locked up. “If you want to last in there, you can’t think and behave like you do when you go to the grocery store because it’s not a normal place,” Blythe says. “So I was thinking about that and reading through the journals that I kept. I was like, Man, I was having some crazy thought processes. And then I thought about other people put in extreme situations and how they behave.”</p> <p>The theme of “people in extreme situations” resurfaces throughout <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em>. The closing cut “Torches,” which features guest vocals by the Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato, is about self-immolation. It’s one of two numbers that feature a cameo; the other is “Embers,” in which Deftones’ Chino Moreno lends his unmistakable pained wail to the cinematic outro.</p> <p>But back to protesters setting themselves ablaze…</p> <p>“Everyone has seen the image on the first Rage Against the Machine album cover with the monk burning,” Blythe says. “At that point in time, that was a valid response to an extreme situation. There’s a guy named Jan Pallach in the Czech Republic, who I learned about while I was waiting for my trial. He immolated in protest over the Warsaw Pact invasion of 1968." </p> <p>"The Czechs had been occupied for so long and the people were getting beaten down and apathetic after having been occupied by the Nazis. Then they had a bit of freedom and then they became Communists. Finally they said, ‘No, we’re not going to become communists anymore.’ So Russia and the rest of the Warsaw Pact said, ‘Okay, fuck you,’ and invaded and the Czechs were beaten down.” </p> <p>Much happier discussing the content of his lyrics and what he learned since he returned home than he is talking about his boring experiences in the studio, Blythe eagerly continues. “In protest, this guy Jan Pallach immolated right there in Wenceslas Square, and he became a symbol of free talk and dissidence during the Communist era. That was a valid choice he made. He wasn’t mentally ill. And there are Tibetans who do it to this day over the treatment of them by China." </p> <p>"Sadly enough, because we live in this gore-saturated internet mass-media world, people are barely noticing people setting themselves on fire in protest of something. Now that’s an extreme situation. I did a lot of research on immolations and the whole time I was thinking, Fuck man, how upset do you have to be about something to set yourself on fire?</p> <p>Other songs are less historical. “Delusion Pandemic” confronts the “generation of mockingbirds” that has become so reliant on technology it has shut itself off from the real world. “This is the rise of our demise!” roars Blythe, between elongated guitar chugs and off-kilter riffs. </p> <p>“What’s terrifying to me is that kids being raised in this environment don’t know anything else,” he says. “We were in Australia on the Soundwave tour recently, and I had a talk with this band whose members were all in their mid-to-late twenties. They weren’t 12. We were talking about the old days of touring, and they were astonished that anyone could tour in a van without a cell phone or a GPS.</p> <p>“One of them said, ‘Well, how did you know where you were going?’ ‘Umm, I got a fucking map.’ And they went, ‘Well, how did you get directions to the club?’ And I said, ‘I called them and asked them for an address and they gave me directions.’ There was no Mapquest at that point. The fact that these people can’t even conceive of that scares me. Soon, they’re going to make a machine that wipes your butt for you, and what’s going to happen when the system fails? These kids are all going to be walking around with shitty drawers.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dulxbKkj9Wg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Photos: Travis Shinn</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/lamb-god">Lamb of God</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/storm-survivors-lamb-god-talks-working-through-turmoil-recording-new-album/25184#comments Lamb of God Mark Morton October 2015 Randy Blythe Willie Adler Interviews News Features Magazine Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:17:25 +0000 Jon Wiederhorn 25184 at http://www.guitarworld.com Children of Bodom Premiere First Track-By-Track Video for 'I Worship Chaos' http://www.guitarworld.com/children-bodom-premiere-first-track-track-video-i-worship-chaos/25355 <!--paging_filter--><p>Finnish metal band Children of Bodom have premiered the first track-by-track video from their new album, <em>I Worship Chaos</em>. </p> <p>The album is set for an October 2 release via Nuclear Blast Records. </p> <p>You can pre-order it <a href="http://shop.nuclearblast.com/en/shop/item/groups/51000.1.no-label.html?records_per_page=90&amp;article_group_sort_type_handle=rank&amp;custom_keywords=Children%20of%20Bodom&amp;custom_deliverable=f/">here.</a></p> <p>The video offers insight and information into the first three tracks on the album: "I Hurt," "My Bodom (I Am the Only One)" and "Morrigan." You can watch it below. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kXVyTLf5FVM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/children-bodom">Children Of Bodom</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/children-bodom-premiere-first-track-track-video-i-worship-chaos/25355#comments Children of Bodom Videos News Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:05:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25355 at http://www.guitarworld.com St. Vincent Debuts Her Custom Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/st-vincent-debuts-custom-made-signature-ernie-ball-guitar/25366 <!--paging_filter--><p>Indie rock icon St. Vincent has revealed her custom signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitar. </p> <p>Envisioned and designed by St. Vincent with support from the engineering team at Ernie Ball Music Man, the guitar was crafted to perfectly fit her form, technique and style. </p> <p>She debuted the guitar to the world as she took the stage at Taylor Swift’s Los Angeles concert this past Tuesday night, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxvmaVDSBiw/">performing alongside Swift and Beck</a> (check out the video below).</p> <p>“I’m extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to design a guitar this personal with this company, this family, in whom I believe so completely,” said Annie Clark, who's better known as St. Vincent. </p> <p>“The entirety of my experience as a guitarist is invested in this instrument. I sought to create a tool that would help and inspire those who share my priorities in a guitar, namely that it be comfortable and lightweight and that it exhibit clean lines, all without sacrificing tone flexibility. It is with pride that I present the St. Vincent Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar.”</p> <p>Crafted in Ernie Ball Music Man’s San Luis Obispo, California, factory, the St. Vincent signature is available in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color that was hand-mixed by Annie. </p> <p>Featuring an African mahogany body, Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, five-way pickup selector with custom configuration and three-mini humbuckers, the guitar also comes complete with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings. </p> <p><strong>For more information, head on over to <a href="http://www.music-man.com/">music-man.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aLVeVI9n7KE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/st-vincent-debuts-custom-made-signature-ernie-ball-guitar/25366#comments Ernie Ball Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:55:11 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25366 at http://www.guitarworld.com Trivium Premiere "Until the World Goes Cold" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/trivium-debut-until-world-goes-cold-music-video/25365 <!--paging_filter--><p>Trivium have debuted the official video for their new single, “Until the World Goes Cold.” </p> <p>The song is the third track to be released from the band's new album, <em>Silence in the Snow</em>, which is scheduled for an October 2 release via Roadrunner Records.</p> <p>You can pre-order the album <a href="http://www.trivium.org/silenceinthesnow?ref=/">here</a>. </p> <p>Watch the video below, and be sure to let us know that you think in the comments and on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pm-xlwkQ_qc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/trivium">Trivium</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/trivium-debut-until-world-goes-cold-music-video/25365#comments Trivium Videos News Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:49:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25365 at http://www.guitarworld.com Gabriella Quevedo Plays Fingerstyle Arrangement of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" http://www.guitarworld.com/gabriella-quevedo-plays-fingerstyle-arrangement-beatles-while-my-guitar-gently-weeps/25357 <!--paging_filter--><p>Swedish guitarist Gabriella Quevedo is no stranger to GuitarWorld.com. </p> <p>You might remember a incredibly popular video that shows Quevedo <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-gabriella-quevado-plays-eagles-hotel-california-one-guitar-video">playing the Eagles’ “Hotel California,”</a> combining several of the song’s multiple-guitar parts in a one-guitar arrangement.</p> <p>Below, check out a more recent video by Quevedo. This time, she tackles her own arrangement of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," capturing every bit of the song's ethereal beauty in her fingerpicking. </p> <p><strong>For more about Quevedo, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbK6S8jFtYZ3UnPhWRIJ0bA">follow her on YouTube</a> and visit <a href="http://www.gabriellaquevedo.com/">gabriellaquevedo.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yk9EdFtm4JQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gabriella-quevedo-plays-fingerstyle-arrangement-beatles-while-my-guitar-gently-weeps/25357#comments Gabriella Quevedo The Beatles Videos News Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:27:11 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25357 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitarist Adrian Galysh Teams Up with PledgeMusic.com for New Blues Album http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-virtuoso-adrian-galysh-teams-pledgemusiccom-new-blues-album/25368 <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist, composer and session musician Adrian Galysh is teaming up with <a href="http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/adriangalysh/">PledgeMusic.com</a> for the release of his next album.</p> <p>Galysh’s next album, an all-blues affair, will be a departure from his mainly instrumental efforts of the past. Featuring his signature guitar work—and now his voice—he will be visiting some blues classics and recording original blues-rock songs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/adriangalysh/">Galysh’s Pledge Music campaign</a> is an interactive vehicle that enables fans to witness behind-the-scenes videos and photos documenting the album's writing and recording process. </p> <p>Fans also get exclusive incentives like private performances, one-on-one Skype guitar lessons, signed CDs, posters, photos, instructional guitar books, downloads, T-shirts, one-of-a-kind artwork and more. </p> <p>“I’m really excited by the new direction of my music," Galysh said. "After my last album, <em>Tone Poet</em>, which was really complex in composition, production and performance, it's refreshing to take a simpler approach, using a core four-piece rhythm section for these arrangements. </p> <p>“Don’t get me wrong—I’m sure I’ll be adding a string section here and there. But the new music is based in hard rock, rhythm and blues.”</p> <p>In addition to raising funds to complete the album, a portion of any of the proceeds that exceed Galysh's goal will go toward the ALS TDI, a charity that funds medical research and therapy for people suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease.</p> <p><strong>For more information, head on over to the album's <a href="http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/adriangalysh/">campaign site</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wkBUQEZUsLI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-virtuoso-adrian-galysh-teams-pledgemusiccom-new-blues-album/25368#comments Adrian Galysh Videos News Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:17:46 +0000 Jackson Maxwell 25368 at http://www.guitarworld.com