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Interview: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Discusses the New Mars Volta Album, 'Noctourniquet'

It isn’t difficult for Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, guitarist, songwriter, producer and all-around conceptual mastermind for art-rock unit the Mars Volta, to define the role that music and creativity plays in his life. “It’s all there is,” he says simply. “I have no other agenda. I don’t want to rule the world, I don’t have a lust for money, I’m not obsessed with sex. Expressing myself through my art is everything. And I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be able to do it for a living. So what the hell else should I spend my time doing?”

Interview: Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline Discuss the Guitars and Gear Behind Wilco's Latest Album, 'The Whole Love'

More than a decade and a half has passed since Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco from the ashes of alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo. In that time, the group has risen to become one of the most revered acts in current popular music, mining a singular sound that is simultaneously anchored in a rootsy approach and meandering along rock's outer sonic limits.

Interview: Bret Michaels Band Guitarist and Producer Pete Evick Talks About “Get Your Ride On”

In his work as a solo artist, Bret Michaels’ right-hand man is guitarist Pete Evick, a multitalented musician who, in addition to playing guitar in the Bret Michaels Band, has also served as a co-songwriter, producer, mixer and musical director for the group. On the rare occasion he finds himself with some free time, the guitarist also pursues his own projects, which include studio work for a variety of artists as well as recording and performing with his long running band, Evick.

From the Archive: David Draiman and Don Donegan of Disturbed Discuss their 2002 Album, 'Believe'

“You callous little bitches! Get the fuck up!” Guitar World has just finished hearing a sneak preview of new Disturbed material at Soundtrack Studios in downtown Manhattan when singer David Draiman, he of the shaved head and stainless-steel goatee, spits out this command in a menacing voice that betrays his otherwise polite, soft-spoken demeanor.

The History of Thrash Metal

In the mid eighties, roving bands of headbangers like Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth ruled the earth, and metal fans rejoiced heartily. Here is the story of that golden age of thrash and its sad decline.

Zakk Wylde Discusses 'The Song Remains Not the Same'

Zakk Wylde covers classic rock hits and recasts Black Label Society originals on The Song Remains Not the Same.

Dave Mustaine: Countdown to Extinction

Dave Mustaine says he has one Megadeth album left in him. With Endgame, he brings the band back to its classic sound—and one step closer to its conclusion.

REVIEW: 'Neil Young Official Release Series, Discs 1-4' Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

Guitar World reviews the latest release in Young's ongoing Archives project.

The New Guitar Gods: Lamb of God

With Sacrament, the leaders of the underground make their bid for the heavy metal crown.

Favorite Solos: Richard Bienstock

Tabs.GuitarWorld.com Editor Richard Bienstock's Five Favorite Guitar Solos