What do you do when metal just doesn’t work out? Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela answered that question by moving to Europe and playing intricately fingered acoustic versions of their metal favorites. Gabriela’s unique quasi-flamenco hand tapping and speed-blurred strumming technique fill in like a one-woman rhythm section. With Rodrigo’s lead stylings dancing on top, their performance is spellbinding.
In case you missed the tour in 2011, Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel are giving you one more shot to see them next year. The bands have announced a handful of dates for 2012, which you can check out below.
In a recent interview with The Gauntlet, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick took some time to reflect on taking lessons from guitar great Joe Satriani, including seeking Joe's advice on joining a metal band. An excerpt follows:
With their new album, The Dark Roots of Earth scheduled for a February 2012 release, Testament - with original members Alex Skolnick and Greg Christian back in the fold - are well on their way to reclaiming the Bay Area thrash dominance they held in the late eighties and early nineties.
Scratch that new Les Paul off your Christmas wish list and add this: Testament's Alex Skolnick and Megadeth's Chris Broderick have just announced the first annual Skolnick & Broderick’s Winter Guitar Retreat, which is set to take place at Full Moon Resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains from December 26-30.