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Testament's Alex Skolnick Goes Global with 'Planetary Coalition'

Fans of Alex Skolnick’s shredding in Testament might be shocked by his new album, Planetary Coalition, a collaborative world-music project driven by Skolnick’s crystalline, beatific acoustic guitar and assimilationist composing skills. But it’s not a case of a metal jaguar changing his spots; Skolnick is simply displaying all of them for the first time.

Joe Bonamassa Talks Fender Strats and His New Album, 'Different Shades of Blue'

For Bonamassa, that means fanning the flames of the blues. So after recording his new Different Shades of Blue, he headed to Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in late August to build a bonfire—playing a sold-out concert with a set list culled from the catalogs of genre giants Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf that was shot for DVD.

Mastodon Look to 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Shining' as Inspiration for New Album

Classic horror and personal trauma helping shape the band's upcoming album, due in June.

Blues Powerhouse: Guitarist Mike Bloomfield Gets the Recognition He Deserves with New Box Set

He was one of the greatest electric blues guitarists of his time, but Michael Bloomfield is nearly forgotten today. His friend and collaborator Al Kooper hopes to change that with the new box-set retrospective From His Head to His Heart to His Hands.

Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts: "I Love Metal, Rock and Country — and I Like to Wrap It All Up Into One"

For Rascal Flatts guitar slinger Joe Don Rooney, freedom’s just another word for fusing country, rock and heavy metal into his own brand of mind-blowing virtuosity.

Interview: ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach

In this GW summit, the two guitarists sit down for a talk about the long history of the blues and its enduring power in the 21st century.

Excerpt: ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach on the Value of Vinyl

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach talk about a shared love of vinyl records in this excerpt from our October 2012 cover story.


Jim Campilongo: Tele Like It Is

Guitar World sits down with Jim Campilongo where he talks about his new studio album, Orange.


Hill Country Revue: Mississippi Ravers

Guitar World recently caught up with Hill Country Revue where they shed light on the Mississippi sound.


Los Lonely Boys: Wild String

Los Lonely Boys guitarist Henry Garza tells how he and his brothers corralled their onstage sound for Forgiven, their latest disc of Texican rock and roll.