Talking Tone With Joe Bonamassa

Anyone who is even remotely familiar with Joe Bonamassa knows he’s a huge collector of vintage guitars and amps. There’s the now-famous picture circulating of him on a nearly basketball court-size soundstage packed with gear. You think it’s staged, but nope, it’s all his. The guy could stock his own music store, so impressive is his collection of classic Gibsons and Fenders. Electrics. Acoustics. Cool Alvarez models among them, as well. To-die-for instruments that drip mojo. We’re talking ’59 Les Pauls (yes, plural). 60s too! And the amps! Marshalls, Dumbles, Friedmans, so many flavors of tone. His four-amp touring rig is a sight and sound to behold as well, with a Marshall Silver Jubilee JCM800 at the heart of it.

New Slash Album On The Way!

Slash has announced the release of new album, World On Fire, which will land in your speakers on September 15. It’ll be the second Slash album to feature Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, and as Slash told Kerrang recently, “All I can tell you is that it’s a really ****ing great record. I’m very proud of it, but I don’t want to get into, ‘Oh, dude, it’s epic,’ or ‘It’s the heaviest thing ever.’ It’s very rock and roll, and, as always, it’s very diverse in feel, and I’m just super, super proud of everything that we collectively put into making the thing. It’s just going to be a bitchin’ record.”

Talking Vengeance With Trivium’s Corey Beaulieu

Trivium‘s new album, Vengeance Falls, maintains the Trivium tradition of being simultaneously fresh and yet familiar. The band has always kept a keen awareness of metal history even when exploring more modern forms, blending metalcore screams with 80s-style trash one minute, and adding melodic vocal hooks to death-metal-inspired riffage the next. Vengeance Falls is still…

Listen To The New Avenged Sevenfold Album Now!

The new Avenged Sevenfold album, Hail To The King, is available for streaming in its entirety right now on iTunes. Wanna hear it? Go right here! The Mike Elizondo-produced album will be released on August 27. Synyster Gates has his own signature Seymour Duncan pickup model, the SH-8SG and TB-8SG, while Zacky Vengeance uses the SH-4 JB…

14-string(!) Technical Prog Metal: Felix Martin

If ever you happened to be at a Felix Martin gig, you’d know something was… different. Even if when you first walked in you didn’t immediately notice Felix was playing a 14-string instrument, one couldn’t help notice the complexity of the music, as well as the level of technique displayed. Not just by Felix but…

Rising Dutch Guitar Slinger Timo Somers

Timo Somers, born in 1991, started playing when he hit the tender age of 12. His father put a guitar in his hands; who could have imagined he’d build himself such an already impressive career? As a guitarist of the Dutch progressive metal bands Delain, Tri-head and Vengeance, not including his many side projects, Timo is an extremely busy and productive player.

In Search of the Secrets of Slash’s Sound

“A Les Paul into a Marshall”. It’s an accurate description of Slash’s signature sound, and it seems so simple. So why is it so hard to get that famous tone? In search of the answers to this and other questions about Slash’s rig, I interviewed Ace Bergman, Slash’s guitar tech on the Apocalyptic Love tour.

Queensryche Previews New Album Material

Queensryche – that’s Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield, Eddie Jackson, Parker Lundgren and new vocalist Todd La Torre – have just posted a teaser for their 2013 album, letting fans in on the creative process by sharing some demo versions of some of the tracks they’ll begin recording shortly.

Review: Black Country Communion – Afterglow

The best secret weapon in Black Country Communion’s armoury is their ability to make music that sounds like it could just as easily have been made 35 years ago, in terms of musical directness and honesty. That was true of their first two albums and it’s true of Afterglow too.

Rockin’ Down Under With Airbourne’s Joel O’Keeffe

Born and raised in the rural Victorian town of Warrnambool, Airbourne vocalist Joel O’Keeffe first realized his love of rock ‘n’ roll at the tender age of nine. He devoured the Rose Tattoo, AC/DC, The Angels, Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs and Cold Chisel albums that he stole from his uncle, while others got drunk and played sport.

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