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Interview: Guitarist Steve Blaze of Lillian Axe Discusses the Band's New Album, 'XI: The Days Before Tomorrow'

When people think of the glory days of the late-'80s, early '90s metal scene, New Orleans isn't typically the setting that comes to mind. However, New Orleans did prove to be the birthplace of one of the most overlooked bands of that era, Lillian Axe. Blending catchy melodies and sleazy lyrics with an equal amount of classically inspired acoustic pieces and great songwriting, they developed a loyal fan base that support them to this day.

Interview: Guitarist Xander Demos Discusses Influences and His Debut Album, 'Guitarcadia'

Guitarist Xander Demos may not be a household name, but his playing is causing an increasing number of new fans and equipment manufacturers to take notice. Demos' combination of Shrapnel-era shred and melodic phrasing makes for a combination that appeals equally to guitarists and non-guitarists.

Interview: Bassist John "JD" DeServio of Black Label Society on his roots, Zakk Wylde and Vinnie Moore

John "JD" DeServio has been involved off and on with Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society for several years. Their personal relationship goes back even further, to Wylde's pre-Ozzy Osbourne days. JD has made a career for himself -- as an extremely versatile musician and producer -- beginning with a solid musical education in high school, followed by intense study at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Interview: Tony Iommi Discusses His New Book, 'Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath'

These days, the book store has just as many musical legends as the record store. There are dozens of great autobiographies out there from Ace Frehley, Sammy Hagar, Duff McKagen and many more. One title that is sure to catch the attention of any metal fan is that of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. His new book, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, from De Capo Press is now available in hardcover and gives the reader a rare look into the life of one of metal’s most reserved and respected musicians.

Interview: Guns N' Roses and Sixx:A.M. Guitarist DJ Ashba Discusses Gear, Producing and the Future of GNR

From a young kid in Indiana whose first concert was Motley Crue’s Girls, Girls, Girls tour to playing Brazil’s massive Rock In Rio Festival, DJ Ashba has taken his creative talents and become an integral part of two of the most successful bands on the planet. With a top 10 album in This Is Gonna Hurt with Sixx:A.M. earlier this year and now playing live beside one of rock’s most iconic vocalists, Axl Rose, you could say Ashba is having a pretty good 2011.

Interview: Mark Anthony of The Letter Black Discusses Gear, Effects and 'Hanging On By A Thread'

Hailing from the small town of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, The Letter Black have enjoyed an ever growing fan-base, due in large part to a constant touring schedule.

Interview: Guitarist Nick Catanese, the "Evil Twin" from Black Label Society

When you hear the name Black Label Society, you instantly think of the blond-haired, hell-raising Zakk Wylde. Fans of the band also realize that for more than a decade, the man to his side known as the "Evil Twin," Nick Catanese, has remained a constant.