Avenged Sevenfold http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/423/all en Big Strokes: A Beginner's Guide to Sweep Picking http://www.guitarworld.com/big-strokes-beginners-guide-sweeping <!--paging_filter--><p>Although often regarded as a “shredder’s” technique, the notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce a quick succession of notes has been around since the invention of the pick itself. </p> <p>Jazz players from the Fifties, such as Les Paul, Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow, would use the approach in their improvisations, and country guitar genius Chet Atkins was known to eschew his signature fingerstyle hybrid-picking technique from time to time and rip out sweep-picked arpeggios, proving that the technique is not genre specific. Within rock, Ritchie Blackmore used sweep picking to play arpeggios in Deep Purple’s “April” and Rainbow’s “Kill the King.”</p> <p>Fusion maestro Frank Gambale is widely considered to be the most versatile and innovative sweep picker and the first artist to fully integrate the technique into his style, applying sweeping to arpeggios, pentatonics, heptatonic (seven-note) scales and modes, and beyond. </p> <p>Gambale explains his approach wonderfully in his instructional video, <em>Monster Licks and Speed Picking</em>. Originally released in 1988, it remains a must-watch video for anyone interested in developing a smooth sweep-picking technique.</p> <p>It was Stockholm, Sweden, however that would produce the name most synonymous with sweeping in a rock context, one that gave rise to a guitar movement known as neoclassical heavy metal. </p> <p>Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen was influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore and Uli Jon Roth but was also equally enthralled by 19th-century virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini. Attempting to emulate on his Fender Stratocaster the fluid, breathtaking passages Paganini would compose and play on violin, Malmsteen concluded that sweep picking was the perfect way to travel quickly from string to string with a smooth, fluid sound much like what a violinist can create with his bow. </p> <p>Malmsteen’s style has since influenced two generations of guitarists, including Tony MacAlpine, Jason Becker, Steve Vai, Mattias “IA” Eklundh, Ritchie Kotzen, Marty Friedman, John Petrucci, Vinnie Moore, Jeff Loomis, Synyster Gates, Alexi Laiho and Tosin Abasi, to name but a few.</p> <p>The first five exercises in this lesson are designed to give you a systematic approach to practicing the component movements of sweep picking: from two-string sweeps to six-string sweeps, and everything in between. Practicing each exercise with a metronome for just two minutes every day will improve your coordination and your confidence to use the technique in your own playing. </p> <p>Work from two strings up to six, keeping your metronome at the same tempo. This means starting with eighth notes, and while this will feel very slow, the technique will become trickier with each successive note grouping: eighth-note triplets, 16th notes, quintuplets and, most difficult of all, 16th-note triplets and their equivalent sextuplets. Focus on synchronizing your hands so that your pick and fretting fingers make contact with the string at exactly the same moment. Only one string should be fretted at any time (this is key!), and any idle strings should be diligently muted with your remaining fingers. </p> <p>If you fail to do this and allow notes on adjacent strings to ring together, it will negate the desired effect and sound like you are simply strumming a chord. When it comes to sweep picking, muting is the key to cleanliness. It is also the aspect that will take the most practice to master.</p> <p>The second set of five exercises handles some common sweep-picking approaches. These are shown in one position and based on one chord type each, thus focusing your attention on the exercise until you have become accustomed to the technique. </p> <p>The final piece helps you tackle the various aspects of sweeping while bolstering your stamina, as the bulk of it consists of nonstop 16th notes, with only a few pauses for “breathing.” Break it down into four-bar sections and practice each with a metronome, gradually building up to the 100-beats-per-minute (100bpm) target tempo. </p> <p><strong>Get the Tone</strong></p> <p>In rock, this technique is best suited to Strat-style guitars, using the neck pickup setting for a warm, round tone. Use a modern tube amp with the gain set to a moderate amount—just enough to give all the notes a uniform volume and sustain, but not so much that string muting becomes an impossible battle. </p> <p>The thickness and sharpness of your pick will hugely impact the tone of your sweep picking. Something with a thickness between one and two millimeters and a rounded tip will provide the right amount of attack and still glide over the strings with ease.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_1_2.jpg" /></p> <p>[FIGURE 1] This Cmaj7 arpeggio on the two middle strings works just as well on the top two or bottom two. Lightly drag your pick across (push down, pull up) the two strings so that there’s very little resistance. This teaches your picking hand to make smooth motions rather than two separate downward or upward strokes.</p> <p>FIGURE 2 is a C7 arpeggio played across three strings. Strive to maintain the same smooth down/up motion with your pick used in the previous example. Focus on the pick strokes that land on downbeats, and allow the in-between, or “offbeat,” notes to naturally fall into place. Every three notes your pick will change direction. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_3.jpg" /></p> <p>Now let’s move on to four strings with this exotic C7 altered-dominant lick, reminiscent of one of Gambale’s fusion forays. Remember, sweep picking is most effective when each note is cleanly separated from the last, so aim to have only one finger in contact with the fretboard at a time in order to keep the notes from ringing together.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_4.jpg" /></p> <p>Now we move on to some five-string shapes, the likes of which you can hear in the playing of Steve Vai and Mattias Eklundh. The phrasing here is 16th-note quintuplets (five notes per beat). Once again, if you focus on nailing the highest and lowest notes along with the beat, the in-between notes should automatically fall into place. Move your pick at a constant speed to ensure the notes are evenly spaced. Say “Hip-po-pot-a-mus” to get the sound of properly performed quintuplets in your mind’s ear.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_5.jpg" /></p> <p>This six-string arpeggio is an A major triad (A C# E), with the third in the bass and a fifth interval added to the high E string’s 12th fret, so we have the right number of notes for 16th-note triplets (six notes per click). When ascending, use a single motion to pick all six strings, making sure only one note is fretted at a time. The descending section includes a pull-off on the high E string, which, although momentarily disruptive to your picking, is preferable to adding another downstroke.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_6.jpg" /></p> <p>This major triad shape is an essential part of the Yngwie Malmsteen school of sweeping. Pay special attention to the picking directions in both the ascending and descending fragments. The alternating eighth-note triplet and quarter-note phrasing allows you to focus on the picking pattern in small bursts and then rest for a beat.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_7.jpg" /></p> <p>This example includes ascending and descending fragments again, this time played together. Concentrate on the general down-up motion of your picking hand rather than each pick stroke. Once you are comfortable with this shape you can apply the same approach to minor, suspended and diminished-seven arpeggios.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_8.jpg" /> </p> <p>This example is reminiscent of players such as Jason Becker and Jeff Loomis. We start with the three-string shapes from the previous example, followed by the six-string shape from FIGURE 5. This is quite challenging for the picking hand, so start very slowly and remember to keep the hand moving smoothly.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_9.jpg" /></p> <p>Here we utilize two-string sweeps with pentatonic shapes. Use your first finger on the fifth fret and third finger on the seventh fret. Keep your fingers flat against the two-string groups, and transfer pressure between strings using a rolling action to mute inactive strings and prevent notes from ringing together. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_10.jpg" /></p> <p>Economy picking requires that your pick take the shortest journey possible when crossing from string to string. This essentially means that when you play a scale, there will be a two-string mini-sweep whenever you move to an adjacent string. This exercise combines the eight-note B whole-half diminished scale (B C# D E F G G# As) and a Bdim7 arpeggio (B D F G#).</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_11.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_11cont.jpg" /></p> <p>This piece is in the key of A minor. The first part is based around a “V-i” (five-one) progression, with the arpeggios clearly outlining the implied chord changes. We begin with some ascending two-string sweeps using alternating E (E G# B) and Bb (Bb D F) triads. Next come some A minor triads (A C E), played with a progressively increasing number of strings; this is a great way to build your confidence in sweep picking larger shapes. The Bm7b5 (B D F A) arpeggio in bar 4 has a series of three-string sweeps combined with some challenging string skips. Bar 7 is an A minor pentatonic scale (A C D E G) played in fourths using two-string sweeps/economy picking. </p> <p>The second part of the piece has a more neoclassical approach and begins with some Yngwie-style three-string triads incorporating pull-offs. Be sure to follow the indicated picking directions. Bar 12 is the trickiest part of the piece to play and utilizes some Jason Becker–inspired six-string shapes. If you have problems with string muting or note separation, apply some light palm muting to the notes as they are picked. This is an effective way to improve note clarity. The final bar is based on the A harmonic minor scale (A B C E D F G#) and incorporates economy picking when traveling from the fifth string to the fourth. </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/big-strokes-beginners-guide-sweeping#comments Avenged Sevenfold Guitar 101 Steve Vai Sweep Picking Tosin Abasi Yngwie Malmsteen News Features Lessons Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:14:38 +0000 Charlie Griffiths 17113 at http://www.guitarworld.com Avenged Sevenfold Premiere Original First-Cut "Unholy Confessions" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-premiere-original-first-cut-unholy-confessions-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Avenged Sevenfold’s reissue of their second album, <em>Waking The Fallen: Resurrected,</em> is available now via Hopeless Records. </p> <p>In honor of the re-release, the band has shared the original first-cut music video for "Unholy Confessions," a song off the album. </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><a href="http://www.revolvermag.com/news/win-an-avenged-sevenfold-waking-the-fallen-resurrected-black-vinyl-box-set-with-exclusive-7.html"><strong>Enter to a ‘Waking the Fallen: Resurrected’ black vinyl box set with exclusive 7-inch single here.</strong></a></p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3FZlG8Jztxk" height="365" width="620" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-premiere-original-first-cut-unholy-confessions-music-video#comments Avenged Sevenfold Videos News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:57:56 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22203 at http://www.guitarworld.com Avenged Sevenfold Premiere "This Means War" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-premiere-means-war-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Avenged Sevenfold have released the official music video for their song “This Means War.” The track is from the band’s latest album, 2013′s <em>Hail to the King.</em> </p> <p>Give it a gander below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>You can catch Avenged Sevenfold live on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer. The group will also release its new video game, ‘Hail to the King; Deathbat,’ later this year. In August, A7X’s second album, <em>Waking the Fallen,</em> will be reissued in an expanded anniversary edition, featuring demo tracks and a DVD.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Jgk3u44W2i4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-premiere-means-war-music-video#comments Avenged Sevenfold Videos News Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:55:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff 21742 at http://www.guitarworld.com Avenged Sevenfold Guitarist Synyster Gates' 2014 Summer Tour Survival Guide — Mayhem Fest http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-guitarist-synyster-gates-2014-summer-tour-survival-guide <!--paging_filter--><p><em>In this new feature from the August 2014 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, the guitarists of Avenged Sevenfold, Morbid Angel, Trivium and other metal acts tell how they'll beat the heat and tame the crowds on the season's biggest tours.</em></p> <p><strong><em>TODAY: Avenged Sevenfold Guitarist Synyster Gates — MAYHEM FEST</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Your sweatiest concert ever?</strong></p> <p>Definitely the 2004 Warped Tour when we played in Arizona. I think it got up to 127 degrees, and I remember feeling like I was going to faint. Just god awful. So we drank a bunch of margaritas to keep us extremely sedated. </p> <p><strong>Considerations when playing an outdoor show versus an indoor show?</strong></p> <p>Nothing at all. We just go out there and have a lot of fun. I mean, the only time you’re ever worried about anything is if there are extreme elements, like rain or crazy wind. </p> <p><strong>Primary gear you’ll be playing this summer?</strong></p> <p>My gear is pretty easy. I usually play through my Hellwin amp and signature guitar [Schecter Synyster Custom]. I’m not a big effects sort of guy—I like to keep it simple. </p> <p><strong>One item you will carry with you at all times this summer?</strong></p> <p>A ProTools rig strapped to my back, literally. It keeps me sane, writing a bunch of different stuff like classical stuff or any guitar stuff. I don’t like being locked in a cage on the creative scale. I need an outlet. </p> <p><strong>Highlight of your band’s set list?</strong></p> <p>I’m really excited about the reaction “This Means War” [from 2013’s <em>Hail to the King</em>] is getting these days. That’s a real fun song to play, and I like the grooves and riffs.</p> <p><strong>Tips for winning over a tough crowd?</strong></p> <p>You just have to be confident. Don’t give ’em anything to further their disapproval. Just go up there, rock out, and act like it’s a base of your fans. And don’t scream and yell at them. </p> <p><strong>Advice for a band just starting to play live?</strong></p> <p>Just go up there and enjoy it, because it’s a really special thing to be able to do. We interact with the crowd, turn it into a party. I wouldn’t worry about the performance or having a stiff and ridged structure for the show. If you keep it loose, you’ll find yourself, eventually. </p> <p><em>Photo: David Wolff — Patrick/Redferns/Getty Images</em></p> <p>Watch the video for "Hail to the King" here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DelhLppPSxY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-guitarist-synyster-gates-2014-summer-tour-survival-guide#comments 2014 Summer Tour Survival Guide August 2014 Avenged Sevenfold Synyster Gates Interviews News Features Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:04:33 +0000 Sammi Chichester 21724 at http://www.guitarworld.com Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates Plays Gypsy Jazz at Guitar Center Hollywood — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfolds-synyster-gates-plays-gypsy-jazz-guitar-center-hollywood-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As part of Guitar Center's Master Class artist program, 10 winners from around the U.S. were chosen by Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates to attend a private master class at Guitar Center Hollywood. </p> <p>At the class, Gates discussed his technique, background and more — and, of course, he played plenty of guitar for the attendees. In fact, in the just-posted (June 5) clip below, Gates actually surprises the crowd by performing some mighty convincing gypsy jazz guitar. Check it out below — and be sure to tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook. </p> <p>“Avenged Sevenfold has always been a band that champions musicality,” said Gates about the class. “I’m passionate about the art of guitar, and this Master Class is the perfect opportunity to help further the skills and careers of like-minded musicians.”</p> <p>By the way, if you'd like to check out more high-quality gypsy jazz guitar, be sure to check out <a href="http://stephanewrembel.com/">Stephane Wrembel</a> (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPN7J369RNI">or at least listen to "Bistro Fada,"</a> his most popular tune).</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DzOV_FBVORk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfolds-synyster-gates-plays-gypsy-jazz-guitar-center-hollywood-video#comments Avenged Sevenfold Guitar Center Synyster Gates Videos News Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:09:20 +0000 Damian Fanelli 21484 at http://www.guitarworld.com Avenged Sevenfold Guitarist Synyster Gates Performs and Discusses His Technique at Guitar Center Hollywood — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-guitarist-synyster-gates-performs-and-discusses-his-technique-guitar-center-hollywood-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In May, Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates headed to Guitar Center Hollywood to present his Master Class with Synyster Gates, a program developed to recognize and reward musicians with the opportunity to learn from a famous guitarist in an engaging setting. </p> <p>Out of thousands of submissions from across the country, 10 people were handpicked by Gates to fly out to the intimate Los Angeles master class.</p> <p>“Avenged Sevenfold has always been a band that champions musicality,” Gates said. “I’m passionate about the art of guitar, and this Master Class is the perfect opportunity to help further the skills and careers of like-minded musicians.”</p> <p>Check out the clip from the Master Class below, and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook. Avenged Sevenfold will be on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest this summer.</p> <p>The Master Class was presented in conjunction with Guitar Center and Schecter Guitar Research.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pYJ2i9vzvQ4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-guitarist-synyster-gates-performs-and-discusses-his-technique-guitar-center-hollywood-video#comments Avenged Sevenfold Guitar Center Synyster Gates Videos News Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:43:31 +0000 Guitar World Staff 21429 at http://www.guitarworld.com Golden Gods: Ace Frehley and Zakk Wylde Present Best Guitarist Award to Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance; Black Sabbath Win Album of the Year http://www.guitarworld.com/golden-gods-ace-frehley-and-zakk-wylde-present-best-guitarist-award-synyster-gates-and-zacky-vengeance-black-sabbath-iommi <!--paging_filter--><p>This past Wednesday night, April 23, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Zakk Wylde and Ace Frehley presented the first-ever Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist Award.</p> <p>The nominees included Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Zoltan Bathory &amp; Jason Hook of Five Finger Death Punch, Munky &amp; Head of Korn and Synyster Gates &amp; Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold.</p> <p>Find out who wins in the video below, which also happens to include the presentation of the annual Album of the Year award. This year, the honor went to none other than Black Sabbath. On hand to accept the award was the Iron Man himself, Tony Iommi.</p> <p>Let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QrRCDTKRRC0?list=UU_tKHpo6xYpwdIRC4uotmuQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/golden-gods-ace-frehley-and-zakk-wylde-present-best-guitarist-award-synyster-gates-and-zacky-vengeance-black-sabbath-iommi#comments 2014 Golden Gods Ace Frehley Avenged Sevenfold Synyster Gates Tony Iommi Zacky Vengeance Zakk Wylde Videos News Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:43:53 +0000 Guitar World Staff 21105 at http://www.guitarworld.com Avenged Sevenfold Premiere "Shepherd of Fire" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-premiere-shepherd-fire-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Avenged Sevenfold have released a brand-new music video for "Shepherd of Fire," the opening track from their latest album, <em>Hail to the King</em>. </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!</p> <p>“We were basically experiencing the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows, all encompassed in the span of two years,” Zacky Vengeance told <em>Guitar World</em>. “Losing Jimmy, recording the album, getting back on the road, dealing with different drummers and then ultimately becoming a bigger band than we’d ever been… It was a lot to take in.”</p> <p>Apart from a short international tour of Southeast Asia and other far-flung locales in early 2012, and an appearance at Metallica’s inaugural Orion Music + More festival, Avenged spent much of the last year in hibernation. In the fall, they found time to cut one new song, a bracing, Euro-style power-metal throwback called “Carry On,” which appeared in the video game <em>Call of Duty: Black Ops II.</em></p> <p>But if any fans took that as a harbinger of the group’s new musical direction, they were sorely misled. <em>Hail to the King</em> is a different animal entirely—not just from “Carry On” but from any of the band’s previous albums. On recent offerings like 2005’s <em>City of Evil</em>, 2007’s self-titled effort and <em>Nightmare</em>, Avenged seemed to take pleasure in packing as much rollercoaster riffage, racing dual-guitar harmonies and double-bass drum-fueled rhythms as possible into every piece of music.</p> <p>For the rest of this interview, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfolds-synyster-gates-and-zacky-vengeance-discuss-their-hard-rock-influenced-new-album-hail-king">head here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="400" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bT8FEOJEFcI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-premiere-shepherd-fire-music-video#comments Avenged Sevenfold Zacky Vengeance News Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:28:43 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19709 at http://www.guitarworld.com October 2013 Guitar World: Avenged Sevenfold Talk 'Hail to the King,' Yngwie Malmsteen, Mick Mars, Buddy Guy, Mayhem Fest and More http://www.guitarworld.com/october-2013-guitar-world-avenged-sevenfold-talk-hail-king-yngwie-malmsteen-mick-mars-buddy-guy-mayhem-fest-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p>The all-new October 2013 issue of <em>Guitar World</em> is <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/guitar-world-october-13-avenged-sevenfold/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWOCT13">available now</a>! And you have two covers to choose from!</p> <p>The new issue features <strong>Avenged Sevenfold</strong>, who are back after a yearlong hiatus, during which they healed from the death of Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan and put their lineup back in order. The heavy metallers come back stronger than ever with <em>Hail to the King</em>, their new hard rock-influenced album. <strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfolds-synyster-gates-and-zacky-vengeance-discuss-their-hard-rock-influenced-new-album-hail-king">Preview this story HERE!</a></strong></p> <p>We've also got <strong>Mötley Crüe</strong> axman <strong>Mick Mars</strong>, who shares his vast collection of rare Gibsons and Fenders, including a ton of vintage Strats. <strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/mick-mars-shares-his-vast-collection-rare-gibsons-and-fenders-including-ton-vintage-strats">Preview this story HERE!</a></strong></p> <p>Plus: Famed neoclassical guitarist <strong>Yngwie Malmsteen</strong> recounts his rebellious teen years and how he discovered inspiration in an excerpt from his new autobiography, <em>Relentless: The Memoir</em>. <strong><a href="http://www.st-origin.guitarworld.com/relentless-yngwie-malmsteen-recounts-his-rebellious-teen-years-and-how-he-found-inspiration-through-niccol-paganini">Preview this story HERE!</a></strong></p> <p>Guitarists of <strong>Mastodon, Children of Bodom, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth</strong> and other Mayhem Festival acts share their unadulterated responses to our annual metal survey.</p> <p>There's also <em>Guitar World's</em> guide to budget axes and much more!</p> <p><strong>Five songs with tabs for guitar and bass:</strong></p> <p> • Van Halen - "On Fire"<br /> • The Beatles - "I Feel Fine"<br /> • Avenged Sevenfold - "Nightmare"<br /> • The Allman Brothers Band - "Soulshine"<br /> • Bob Dylan - "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/oct2013">Plus all-new lesson columns by:</a></strong></p> <p>• Joe Don Rooney<br /> • Jacky Vincent<br /> • Jimmy Brown<br /> • Mike Stern<br /> • Metal Mike<br /> • Keith Wyatt<br /> • Dale Turner<br /> • Andy Aledort</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/oct2013">And gear reviews!</a></strong></p> <p>• Schecter<br /> • Carvin<br /> • D'Angelico<br /> • Epiphone<br /> • Samson<br /> • Budda </p> <p>... and more!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/guitar-world-october-13-avenged-sevenfold/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWOCT13">For more information, check out the new issue at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></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="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/october-2013-guitar-world-avenged-sevenfold-talk-hail-king-yngwie-malmsteen-mick-mars-buddy-guy-mayhem-fest-and-more#comments Avenged Sevenfold Buddy Guy October 2013 News Features Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:55:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19153 at http://www.guitarworld.com Avenged Sevenfold Streaming New Album, 'Hail to the King,' on iTunes http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-streaming-new-album-hail-king-itunes <!--paging_filter--><p>Avenged Sevenfold will release their new album, <em>Hail to the King</em>, August 27. </p> <p>In anticipation, the band is streaming the album in its entirety on iTunes right now. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZContentLink.woa/wa/link?path=avengedsevenfold" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a> to check it out — and let us know what you think in the comments.</strong> </p> <p>Avenged Sevenfold appear on the cover of the brand-new October 2013 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-13-avenged-sevenfold/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=iTunesAlbumStream">which is available at the Guitar World Online Store</a> and on newsstands now.</p> <p>Check out an excerpt of our <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfolds-synyster-gates-and-zacky-vengeance-discuss-their-hard-rock-influenced-new-album-hail-king">cover story HERE</a> — and, as a bonus, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-schecter-usa-hellwin-100-guitar-amp">our review of the new Schecter USA Hellwin 100 guitar amp</a>, a collaboration between amp guru James Brown and Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates.</p> <object width="620" height="360" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" 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appear on the cover of the current issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, which is available now on newsstands and <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-13-avenged-sevenfold/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=AvengedVideo">at the Guitar World Online Store</a>. </p> <p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfolds-synyster-gates-and-zacky-vengeance-discuss-their-hard-rock-influenced-new-album-hail-king">Check out our Avenged Sevenfold cover story here!</a></p> <object width="620" height="360" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="//www.youtube.com/v/DelhLppPSxY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed width="620" height="360" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="//www.youtube.com/v/DelhLppPSxY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" allowFullScreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" /></embed></object> http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-premiere-music-video-hail-king#comments Avenged Sevenfold News Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:11:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19042 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Schecter USA Hellwin 100 Guitar Amp http://www.guitarworld.com/review-schecter-usa-hellwin-100-guitar-amp <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the October 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-13-avenged-sevenfold/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>For several decades, Schecter has built, nurtured and sustained its reputation as a maker of great electric guitars and basses, but recently the company entered an entirely new chapter with the introduction of its first line of amps. </p> <p>However, Schecter is not entirely new to the amp business, as it has enlisted the formidable talents of a particular Mr. James Brown—not the deceased godfather of soul, but rather the amp tweaker of sound, known for designing several of the most popular amps of the last two decades, including the 5150 and JSX. Currently, Schecter offers three USA models—the Hellraiser 100 head and 2x12 combo and the top-of-the-line Hellwin 100 head—with less-expensive imported Stage Series models of these amps expected to ship later this year.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfolds-synyster-gates-and-zacky-vengeance-discuss-their-hard-rock-influenced-new-album-hail-king">[[ Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance Discuss Their Hard Rock-Influenced New Album, 'Hail to the King' ]]</a></strong></p> <p>The Schecter Hellwin USA 100 head is the product of a collaboration between Brown and Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates. Their main goal was to combine the sounds of several of Gates’ favorite amps in a single head with a versatile three-channel design, an impressive assortment of truly professional features and even a few new innovations. </p> <p><strong>Features</strong> </p> <p>The Schecter Hellwin USA 100 is a 100-watt amp head driven by four EL34 tubes in the output section and four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section, with the tubes, heavy-duty transformers and other components kept cool by a noise-free fan that runs as soon as the power is switched on. While the front panel boasts an abundance of knobs (20, to be exact), the controls are logically arranged in separate sections for Clean, Lead I, Lead II and Master, with the built-in noise gate and focus controls occupying their own separate space as well. </p> <p>Controls for the Clean, Lead I and Lead II sections are identical and fully independent, consisting of treble, middle, bass, volume and gain knobs. The Clean channel also features a voicing switch that toggles between U.K. and U.S.A. settings, with an LED that illuminates red for U.K. or green for U.S.A. The Master section provides controls for master, presence and boost, a switch for engaging the boost function, a MIDI learn switch and an effect loop on/off switch. The noise gate is adjusted with a single knob, and the focus switch offers four modes (Tight, Normal, VII, and VIII) that alter the input frequency, attack response and preamp EQ frequencies to match six-, seven- and eight-string guitars plugged into the amp. The Hellwin USA 100 also offers a normal 1/4-inch guitar input and a unique active input designed to deliver optimal tonal response with active pickups.</p> <p>The amp’s rear panel offers similarly sophisticated features with a straightforward, logical layout. An impedance selector switch provides a choice of four-, eight- or 16-ohm output and is located next to a pair of 1/4-inch speaker output jacks. There’s also an XLR direct output with a ground-lift switch and a DI cabinet select switch that emulates either a straight-front 4x12 cabinet loaded with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers or a slant-front 4x12 cab with the same speakers. The mono effect loop features 1/4-inch send and return jacks along with individual send and return level controls. A five-switch footswitch controller plugs into the amp’s 1/4-inch footswitch jack with a standard stereo cable, allowing guitarists to engage the Clean, Lead I, and Lead II channels as well as the boost function and effect loop.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>Even if you’re familiar with Mr. Brown’s previous creations, prepare to be pleasantly surprised yet again when you plug into the Hellwin USA 100. While the controls and layout are deceptively simple, a wide variety of outstanding tones can be coaxed from the amp with a few tweaks. The Clean channel provides fat midrange punch with the U.S.A. voicing, and if you select U.K. voicing and crank up the gain, it barks out aggressive overdrive crunch. Both of the Lead channels have more than ample gain, but thanks to their sweetly tuned EQ sections, the sound never gets buzzy or fuzzy. Lead I has the bite and grit of a modded JCM800, while Lead II provides an ample extra helping of gain, sustain and midrange, which makes it ideal for big, fat bold solos. The noise gate only operates with the two Lead channels, keeping both channels entirely noise free while preserving natural decay.</p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $3,699</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Schecter Guitar Research, schecterguitars.com</p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong></p> <p>Three individually voice channels provide their own independent treble, middle, bass, volume and gain controls, along with a voice switch for the Clean channel.</p> <p>The Clean channel’s voice switch offers a selection of U.K. (scooped-mid) or U.S.A. (mid-enhanced) settings.</p> <p>A built-in noise gate is controlled with a single knob, allowing the Lead I and Lead II channels to deliver noise-free performance with natural decay.</p> <p>The focus switch allows users to optimize the attack and preamp EQ for six-, seven- or eight-string guitars.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>Schecter’s amp line makes a hell of a debut with the Hellwin USA 100 and its versatile selection of tones, professional features and useful new innovations, which make it stand out and above in today’s very crowded amp-head market.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2600451066001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2600451066001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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For the rest of this story, plus a Dimebag Darrell poster and features on Mick Mars, Buddy Guy, the Mayhem Festival, Yngwie Malmsteen, a guide to 15 fantastic electric guitars for less than $500 and more, <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-13-avenged-sevenfold/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=AvengedExcerpt">check out the October 2013 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p><strong>Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll: After a yearlong hiatus, Avenged Sevenfold come back stronger than ever with <em>Hail to the King</em>, their new hard rock–influenced album.</strong></p> <p>“I gotta admit, today is a little nerve racking,” Zacky Vengeance says, speaking to <em>Guitar World</em> on a hot July afternoon in Los Angeles. </p> <p>The guitarist is preparing to head to rehearsal with his bandmates in Avenged Sevenfold, something he has done hundreds of times over their 14 years together. It wouldn’t be cause for anxiety except that, this time, things are a little different. According to Vengeance, Avenged haven’t performed live in more than a year, the longest such stretch of their career. </p> <p>But with a new album in the can—their eagerly anticipated sixth full-length, <em>Hail to the King</em>—and a world tour in the works, today is, he says, “day one of pretty much starting the cycle again. We’re going straight from doing not a whole lot of anything to going at it full force.”</p> <p>But while Vengeance is eager to get back to work with Avenged, he admits that the extended break was much needed. “It was kind of a planned thing,” he says. “We needed some time to refresh, regroup and look back on everything we’ve been through.” And indeed, Avenged Sevenfold—singer M. Shadows (Matt Sanders), guitarists Vengeance (Zachary Baker) and Synyster Gates (Brian Haner, Jr.), bassist Johnny Christ (Jonathan Seward) and new drummer Arin Ilejay—have been through a lot, to put it mildly. It could be said that the band’s recent collective experience has been something of, to paraphrase Charles Dickens, the best of times, and the worst of times. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-schecter-usa-hellwin-100-guitar-amp">[[ Review: Schecter's USA Hellwin 100 Guitar Amp, the Product of a Collaboration Between Schecter and Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates ]]</a></strong></p> <p>Their lowest point is now an indelible part of the band’s narrative. At the tail end of 2009, while they were enjoying some time off to celebrate the holidays before settling in to record their fifth studio album, founding drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was found dead in his home at the age of 28, from what was ruled to be an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol. It was also discovered that he had a heart condition known as cardiomegaly, which may have played a role in his death. For any band, suddenly losing one of its own would be a devastating blow; for Avenged Sevenfold, whose members grew up together and had been friends and schoolmates, the loss was a tragedy of almost insurmountable proportions. </p> <p>“Were we close to the end at a certain point?” Gates posits. “Yeah, absolutely.” But, he adds, “We also realized we needed each other more than ever.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iU9YM1Lfvt8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Avenged Sevenfold eventually regrouped, but a rocky road lay ahead. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy came onboard to assist with the recording of what would become Nightmare, and to accompany the band on the ensuing tour. But the pairing soon proved incongruous: Portnoy seemed to want a permanent position with the group and, in a possibly related move, walked away from Dream Theater, his prog-metal outfit of more than two decades. </p> <p>But Avenged, still reeling from Sullivan’s death, weren’t ready to commit fully. Instead, they parted ways with Portnoy and began searching yet again for a drummer. They eventually hooked up with Ilejay, a then-unknown 22-year-old who had previously played with Christian metalcore act Confide, but there was no guarantee his position with the group was secure. “It was just a hard moment for anybody new to come into our camp,” Vengeance says. “Because we couldn’t imagine any drummer filling that spot.”</p> <p>Yet, while Avenged were struggling to stay together, Nightmare—an album borne from profound pain and despair, and one that almost didn’t come to be at all—was proving to be their biggest record to date. It topped the <em>Billboard</em> album charts upon its release in July 2010, becoming their first Number One record. It has since gone on to sell more than 500,000 copies. On the road, Avenged found themselves playing to some of the biggest crowds of their career, appearing at massive Euro fests, like Rock Am Ring in Germany and Download in the U.K., and embarking on multiple headlining runs across the U.S., including as a bill topper for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. </p> <p>“We were basically experiencing the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows, all encompassed in the span of two years,” Vengeance says. “Losing Jimmy, recording the album, getting back on the road, dealing with different drummers and then ultimately becoming a bigger band than we’d ever been… It was a lot to take in.”</p> <p>Apart from a short international tour of Southeast Asia and other far-flung locales in early 2012, and an appearance at Metallica’s inaugural Orion Music + More festival, Avenged spent much of the last year in hibernation. In the fall, they found time to cut one new song, a bracing, Euro-style power-metal throwback called “Carry On,” which appeared in the video game <em>Call of Duty: Black Ops II.</em></p> <p>But if any fans took that as a harbinger of the group’s new musical direction, they were sorely misled. <em>Hail to the King</em> is a different animal entirely—not just from “Carry On” but from any of the band’s previous albums. On recent offerings like 2005’s <em>City of Evil</em>, 2007’s self-titled effort and <em>Nightmare</em>, Avenged seemed to take pleasure in packing as much rollercoaster riffage, racing dual-guitar harmonies and double-bass drum-fueled rhythms as possible into every piece of music. </p> <p>But on <em>Hail to the King</em>, they opted to strip things down. “The goal was to focus more on the groove and the songwriting and the arrangements,” Gates says. “We wanted to create space instead of just filling every song up to the brim with shit—to keep that same depth, but without having to always have four bridges and three choruses and multiple vocal harmonies and guitar duels everywhere.”</p> <p><em>Photo: Jason Borucki</em></p> <p><strong><em>For the rest of this story, plus a Dimebag Darrell poster and features on Mick Mars, Buddy Guy, the Mayhem Festival, Yngwie Malmsteen, a guide to 15 fantastic electric guitars for less than $500 and more, <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-13-avenged-sevenfold/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=AvengedExcerpt">check out the October 2013 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/October2013.jpg" width="620" height="807" alt="October2013.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfolds-synyster-gates-and-zacky-vengeance-discuss-their-hard-rock-influenced-new-album-hail-king#comments Avenged Sevenfold October 2013 Synyster Gates Zacky Vengeance Interviews News Features Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:57:00 +0000 Richard Bienstock 19029 at http://www.guitarworld.com Listen: Avenged Sevenfold Premiere New Song, "Hail to the King" http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-avenged-sevenfold-premiere-new-song-hail-king <!--paging_filter--><p>Avenged Sevenfold have released the lead single and title track off their new album, <em>Hail to the King</em>, which will hit stores August 27. </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments. </p> <p>The band will appear on the cover of the next issue of <em>Revolver</em>, which will hit newsstands July 30.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YTqiW654FkU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-avenged-sevenfold-premiere-new-song-hail-king#comments Avenged Sevenfold News Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:17:47 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18786 at http://www.guitarworld.com Avenged Sevenfold Release Teaser of New Song, "Hail to the King" http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-release-teaser-new-song-hail-king <!--paging_filter--><p>Avenged Sevenfold have posted a 30-second preview of the title track from their highly anticipated new album, <em>Hail to the King</em>, which will hit stores August 27. </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6PinjG_XkAw" frameborder="0" width="620" height="360"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-release-teaser-new-song-hail-king#comments Avenged Sevenfold Videos News Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:07:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18747 at http://www.guitarworld.com