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Leviathan's Jef Whitehead Discusses 'Scar Sighted' and Why He Still Won't Tour

For nearly two decades Jef Whitehead has forged a solitary path into the heart of darkness as the sole architect behind the one-man U.S. black metal band Leviathan. Here, Whitehead lifts the veil and reveals the personal struggles and triumphs that led him to create his latest extreme metal epic Scar Sighted.

Agnostic Front's Vinnie Stigma Talks New Album, Biggest Inspirations and a Lifetime in NYC

He’s the founding guitarist of seminal New York hardcore band Agnostic Front, loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and has lived in the same Lower East Side apartment for 60 years. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is…

Hall & Oates' John Oates Talks “Private Eyes” Chord Changes and His Custom Martin Acoustic

His guitar playing and vocal harmonizing in the blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates earned him mega chart success and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but what Guitar World readers really want to know is…

Dear Guitar Hero: Stray Cats' Brian Setzer Talks Gretsch Guitars, Joe Strummer, Vintage Cars, Jazz Lessons and More

I was a little kid, like six or seven years old, when the Beatles came out. I remember hearing their music and I couldn’t imagine where that sound was coming from. Then I saw a picture of the Beatles, and George [Harrison] had an electric guitar, and I was like “That’s it!” It was that sound—the sound of George’s guitar—that first captured me when I was really young. It all goes back to that sound.

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi on Fighting with Skinheads, "War Pigs" Inspiration and More

It’s rare that a band emerges and, with one inspired release, simultaneously launches and perfects a genre of music. Such is the singular case of Black Sabbath. Their 1970 self-titled debut, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, took the heavy blues and hard-rock idioms that came before and infused them with anthemic tritone riffs, doom-laden drum tempos, maniacal vocals and diabolical lyrics.

Tool's Adam Jones: My 10 Favorite Guitarists

Tool's axman reveals the 10 guitarists that inspire his own far-out six-string style.

Archaon of Norwegian Black Metallers 1349 Talks First Guitar, Gig and More

The latest album by Norwegian black metallers 1349, 'Massive Cauldron of Chaos,' is out now on Season of Mist.

At the Gates Discuss New Album, 'At War with Reality'

Nearly two decades after making their last and most influential record, 'Slaughter of the Soul,' Gothenburg’s melodic death metal progenitors At the Gates come back with a vengeance on 'At War with Reality.'

Why Guitarists Should "Tear Up the Rulebook" by Godflesh's Justin Broadrick

The industrial metal pioneer's seventh studio album, 'A World Lit Only by Fire,' is out now.

Dear Guitar Hero: George Thorogood Talks Bo Diddley, Gibson Guitars, Beatles, Stones and Baseball

I don’t want to sound arrogant or bigheaded or anything, but I didn’t need any advice. I knew what I was doing. I wasn’t a kid when I started. I had a focus on what I wanted to do. And when I first started playing guitar, I got an immediate reaction just from people and audiences. As soon as [blues-harp player] Sonny Terry and [blues guitarist] “Brownie” McGhee heard me, they took a shine to me immediately. There was no turning back once I started on guitar.