Steel Panther had a little fun crashing the set of FOX Sports prior to last Thursday night’s NFL game.
In a pre-game commercial, the glam metal jokesters were under the impression they were the headlining act and asked FOX Sports Thursday Night Football hosts Howie Long and Michael Strahan where they could set up their gear. Strahan thwarted their performance and clarified the mix up — it wasn’t Steel Panther playing, but the Steelers vs. Panthers game.
Unfazed by the flub but sensing Long and Strahan were unconvinced of the show’s need of a house band, Satchel tore out a pretty solid cover of the NFL’s theme song on his signature Pro-Mod DK.
Check out the humorous and classic Steel Panther clip below.
Cooper kicked off his review with a demo of the DK24’s versatile tones. A Custom Seymour Duncan® Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup delivered crystal clear warm notes while a Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 single-coil middle pickup and Seymour Duncan® Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP single-coil neck pickup pack plenty of bouncy, Strat-like tones.
After the quick tone demo, Cooper ran through the DK24’s specs and expressed a particular love for the back body contouring, which features a carved belly cut that comfortably hugs the player’s body, as well as the baked caramelized maple neck and fingerboard.
“For those of you who have never owned caramelized maple before, it’s an experience to behold,” said Cooper. “A cooked maple neck is… completely impervious to climatic changes, all of the moisture is sucked out of it when it is cooked. In terms of feel, it is unbelievably comfortable. [The neck] feels familiar as soon as you try it.”
His bottom-line conclusion?
“[Charvel] has done it again, guys. It is a truly amazing guitar, super high quality, a really amazing instrument,” raved Cooper.
Mike Orlando knows his way around a guitar. End of story.
But, in case you need further proof, bear witness to the new video trailer to Mike Orlando’s Sonic Stomp, the Adrenaline Mob guitarist’s upcoming DVD.
Due out Dec. 3, Mike Orlando’s Sonic Stomp was recorded at Thiago Bianchi’s Fusao Studios in Brazil with members of the Brazilian progressive metal band Noturnal.
In the new four-minute trailer, Orlando showcased a few songs from the DVD, including “Jam,” “A Vision Of You” and the title track. On each, he delivered searing performances on his custom Charvel. His brisk fretwork is paired nicely with the instrumental prowess of Noturnall’s drummer Aquiles Priester, bassist Fernando Quesada and keyboardist Junior Carelli.
Brazilian fans can pre-order the DVD here, while U.S. and other international fans can pre-order here.
The all-new Charvel DK24 2PT guitars were designed for modern players who are looking to push boundaries in their playing, performance and creativity.
In a new rapid-fire video, we showcase the HSH (in Matte Army Drab or Satin Orange Crush) and HSS (in Primer Gray or Satin Shell Pink) models and highlight of all the premium features that take these instruments to the next level. Those include custom Seymour Duncan® pickups that deliver a versatile sonic punch, caramelized maple necks and fingerboards, scalloped lower back bout and shredder’s cut heel for effortless upper fret access, 24 jumbo frets for greater note articulation, Gotoh® Custom 510 tremolo bridge that can flutter like a standard floating locking bridge and Luminlay® side dots to light your way up the neck even on the darkest of stages.
The clip is scored with an instrumental rock fusion track called “Crispy,” recorded by guitar virtuoso Prashant Aswani.
Red Dragon Cartel released a new lyric video for “Crooked Man,” the second single off upcoming album Patina.
In the new clip, guitarist Jake E. Lee looks every bit the rock star on a Charvel guitar built by Master Builder Chip Ellis, who sandblasted and stained the custom axe in a patina finish inspired by the album’s title, and then added copper-plated hardware.
As Lee digs into the bluesy song with the rest of his bandmates, images of notorious political figures flash on the screen.
Patina, the band’s sophomore album, was recorded at drummer Anthony Esposito’s studio in Dillsburg, Pa., and will be released Nov. 9. In the meantime, whet your appetite with the full lyric video below.
The Pro-Mod DK24 2PT CM has two new fans in Peter Honoré and Joss Allen of Andertons Music; the guys just couldn’t get enough of the guitar’s versatility and features after a recent video review.
Both chimed in with high praise for the new Gotoh® Custom 510 tremolo bridge.
“Underneath this unbelievably cool Satin Orange Crush finish, we’ve got the non-locking tremolo, very reminiscent of the Floyd Rose trem that doesn’t have the locking system,” said Allen. “It is recessed, so it is floating.”
“You know what I really like about [the non-locking tremolo]?” added Honoré. “It doesn’t flutter. When you hit it hard, it doesn’t buzz.”
Allen also ran through each of the pickup positions with the five-way selector blade, finding that the DK24 packs a wallop of versatile tone with custom Seymour Duncan pickups.
Impellitteri released the new music video for “Run For Your Life” off their upcoming 11th album Nature Of The Beast, and there is no shortage of killer guitar riffs or solos at break-neck speeds.
“The new music was written with passion and a sincere love for heavy metal,” said Chris Impellitteri in a release. “I think as a band we grow stronger with each new album. Our artistic abilities seem to get better with age, but at the same time we seem to sound even more energetic, crazy, and youthful with this release.”
In the new video, Chris Impellitteri showed off wicked fret work on his Charvel Custom Shop Legacy Bloodsplatter guitar.
“As a guitarist, I challenge myself to conquer my human limitations,” he shared. “I practice for hours each day to improve my technique. I also spend a lot of time customizing my guitars, amps and pedals to achieve this crazy guitar sound. On this new record, my guitar sound is really me trying to create a tone that sounds a bit like a chainsaw blended with a beautiful Stradivarius violin. It is Beauty and the Beast with lots of pick attack! The guitar solos have lots of technical shredding elements, but at the same time they are very melodic and I think fun for everyone to listen to. The riffs are also exciting for me to play as there is a lot of obvious influences that I brought to this new record.”
Nature Of The Beast will be released Oct. 12. In the meantime, enjoy the video below.
With sophomore album Patina slated for November, Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel is giving fans its first sampling of the new tunes with the official music video for rollicking (diff word) lead single “Havana.”
“I chose ‘Havana’ as the first song to be released from the new album for a few reasons,” Lee told Guitar World. “First off, it begins with a lone guitar playing the riff, promoting the idea that this is a guitar-heavy record. The song’s production is about as straightforward and basic as it gets on this album and I wanted it to be apparent that, overall, it’s more of an old school approach, as opposed to its predecessor. And it’s just a cool riff I couldn’t wait to share with anyone interested in what I’m doing!”
In the clip, the band (also featuring drummer Phil Varone, singer Darren James Smith and bassist Anthony Esposito) performs the track live in a dark venue. With a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, Lee rips into a new Charvel model custom-built by Master Builder Chip Ellis. Inspired by the album’s title, the guitar was sandblasted and stained with a patina finish also applied to the copper-plated hardware.
Recorded at Esposito’s Obscenic Arts studio in Dillsburg, Pa., Patina was co-produced by Lee and Esposito and mixed by legendary producer Max Norman. Featuring 10 tracks, the new efforts leans more towards a bluesy hard rock direction as opposed to the band’s heavier debut album.
“The first album was more of a piecemeal production with some of the song ideas being 10 years old and never having more than one player in the room at any time,” said Lee. “I wanted to do this one from scratch with all the songs originating and worked on with everyone in the room, on their instruments. It felt much more organic, like the way I used to do it for the first 20 years of my career — more honest to my roots.”
Lee’s inspirations for the album also spanned quite the gamut.
“My inspirations for Patina are from the artists I loved during my youth,” he said. “Robin Trower, Santana, Black Sabbath, Captain Beyond, Thin Lizzy, Grand Funk Railroad, Dave Bowie … I could go on and on, but let me also say that there are also hints of Sly & the Family Stone, Dick Dale, psychedelia and even some George Benson. Don’t let any of that scare you — it all makes sense!”
Patina will drop Nov. 9. In the meantime, enjoy watching Lee and company below …