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Interview: Soundgarden's Kim Thayil on Alternate Tunings, 'King Animal' and More

When the members of Soundgarden—singer and guitarist Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron—reunited in 2010 after more than a decade apart, making a new album was the last thing on anyone’s mind. According to Thayil, the band reconvened only to address some outstanding business matters. But musical connections can have a powerful allure. Within a short time, they picked up their instruments and began booking scattered live dates, including a headlining appearance at 2010’s Lollapalooza and, the following year, a full-scale summer shed tour.

Excerpt: Motionless in White Discuss Their Sophomore Album, 'Infamous'

Given that there aren’t very many—or, perhaps, any—metal bands in recent memory to have emerged from the steely northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton, it’s not surprising that the six members of horrorcore act Motionless in White have experienced their fair share of sideways glances when they’re out and about in town. After all, the city’s two biggest claims to fame are Vice President Joe Biden, who was born there, and Dunder Mifflin, the Scranton-based fictional paper company at the center of The Office. And neither looks particularly out of the ordinary.

Excerpt: Kim Thayil on the Secrets Behind His Tunings

"Well, the whole drop-D tuning thing was probably popularized in Seattle as a consequence of our success. And we couldn’t be stagnant and just stay there, so we started playing around with other tunings."

Excerpt: Paul Stanley Discusses Kiss' New Album, 'Monster'

“This isn’t ‘old-timer’s day,’ ” Paul Stanley says of Kiss in 2012. “If that’s anybody’s idea of what we’re doing, then that’s just morbid and ridiculous.” Indeed, the 60-year-old singer and guitarist has just one word for those who question whether there’s still a fire raging beneath Kiss’ pancake-makeup exterior: Monster. That’s the title of the band’s new and—zounds!—20th studio album, which is Kiss’ hardest-hitting effort since 1992’s Revenge. The collection’s 13 tracks are streamlined and direct, with a vibe that recalls their Seventies-rock heyday and a sound that is solidly modern.

Interview: Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington Discusses 'Last of a Dyin' Breed'

You’ll have to speak up a bit,” Gary Rossington says, practically shouting into the phone. The Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist and co-founder is speaking to Guitar World from “out in the mountains” in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and cell service is sketchy. Which is fine by him—Rossington is taking advantage of a short break in the band’s schedule for some quiet time with his wife and grandkids.

Interview: Deftones on Their New Album, 'Koi Yo Nokan'

“There was really no magic to it,” Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter says about the writing process behind his band’s upcoming seventh studio album and the follow up to 2010’s Diamond Eyes. “We pretty much did what we always do. If I were to describe a day of writing songs, it would start off by saying hello to everyone, rolling a couple joints, getting real high, jamming out for a little bit, stopping, smoking some more and then playing again.”

Interview: Phil Collen on the Making of Def Leppard's 'Hysteria'

"You know,” Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen says, “we weren’t doing what we were doing to be different. We were a bit different.” What they did was create one of the more forward-thinking, over-the-top and ultimately successful albums in rock history: Hysteria. Released 25 years ago this summer, the record spawned an astonishing seven hit singles, including “Animal,” “Love Bites” and the monster smash “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” It also hit Number One on the U.S. album chart—three times, no less—and went on to sell more than 20 million copies worldwide.

Interview: Slash Discusses His New Solo Album, 'Apocalyptic Love'

When Axl Rose bailed on Guns N’ Roses’ Hall of Fame induction, Slash knew the group would never reunite. But with a brand-new group and a killer new album—Apocalyptic Love—hard rock’s hardest-working guitarist has no reason to ever look back again.

Interview: John 5 Discusses His New Solo Album, 'God Told Me To'

On a warm California afternoon in March, John 5 is at his home in the Hollywood Hills, enjoying a day of relaxation, a rare thing in his world. Between his primary job as guitarist in Rob Zombie’s band, solo albums, guest and session appearances, and extracurricular activities like scoring the upcoming Zombie-directed horror flick The Lords of Salem, John 5 is a particularly busy man, busier at the moment, he says, than at any time in his professional life.

Slash Opens Up About the Writing Process for His New Album, 'Apocalyptic Love'

For Slash, the collaborative process at the heart of Apocalyptic Love