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THE FINE PRINT - Mail Bag

I often get asked about the number of CDs and things we receive here at Guitar World, so I figured I'd take this opportunity to show you what ends up in my mailbox on a typical day.Today's postal delivery included an interesting assortment of music, including the new Anthology disc from Burzum, an advance promotional copy of the forthcoming Testament record, The Formation of Damnation, an advance of the two-disc Zappa Plays Zappa concert DVD from Razor & Tie, featuring Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai and others, the next installment in Thrice's confusing multi-album Alchemy Index thing from Vagrant, a Korn Live at Montreux 2004 DVD from Eagle Eye Media, an advance of the new 36 Crazyfists record, The Tide and Its Takers, a two-disc set (one CD, one DVD-Audio) from Porcupine Tree called Lightbulb Sun, and some things I couldn't even begin to identify with, including Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida's The Hunters Lullaby, soul singer Keith Sweat's Just Me, and a disc entitled Immortalizer by a metal group called Valient Thorr. For me, I probably only care about the Burzum and Testament discs...but what can I say, I have a hard head.Click the iPhone camera pic at the left to see a larger version.JK

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As a teenager, Jeff Kitts began his career in the mid ’80s as editor of an underground heavy metal fanzine in the bedroom of his parents’ house. From there he went on to write for countless rock and metal magazines around the world – including Circus, Hit Parader, Metal Maniacs, Rock Power and others – and in 1992 began working as an assistant editor at Guitar World. During his 27 years at Guitar World, Jeff served in multiple editorial capacities, including managing editor and executive editor before finally departing as editorial director in 2018. Jeff has authored several books and continues to write for Guitar World and other publications and teaches English full time in New Jersey. His first (and still favorite) guitar was a black Ibanez RG550.