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Warren DeMartini Performs on the Monsters of Rock Cruise West

Posted on October 4th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel signature artist Warren DeMartini joined RATT bandmates, singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier for a “surprise band” performance on Saturday night on the Monsters of Rock Cruise West. Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT 2010 studio album Infestation, and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, White Lion and Megadeth) also joined them onstage.

Watch fan footage below as the band plays RATT’s “Wanted Man” …

Watch Chris Impellitteri Live with his Bloodsplatter Charvel

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Los Angeles heavy metal act Impellitteri has been enjoying the festival scene abroad this summer, including slots at Busan Rock Festival in South Korea, Bang Your Head Festival in Germany and Rock Fest Barcelona.

All the while, guitarist Chris Impellitteri has been shredding away on a Charvel Custom Shop Legacy Bloodsplatter guitar.

Watch below to enjoy some fan footage, including a surprising choice for a metal show in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in which Impellitteri really shows off his chops.

Watch Kelly Simonz Demo the Pro-Mod Collection at Tokyo Guitar Clinic

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Charvel artist Kelly Simonz held a guitar clinic last month at the Gakki Center in Tokyo, where he showed off his impressive skills on the latest Pro-Mod collection.

The guitar virtuoso from Japan demoed a Rocket Red Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR on his song “Future Destination” and a Transparent Black Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR on “Tales Of The Viking.”

View Simonz’s special appearance at the clinic below.

Watch New Rock Bottom Bros. Video with Charvel Artist Jordan Ziff

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Live From the Nest, a YouTube channel dedicated to local Phoenix artists grooving to

Charvel artist Jordan Ziff recently joined Rock Bottom Bros. (a music/social media project based in Phoenix featuring Paul Anthony and Mike Hill) for a new video for a song called “Maurice and Verdine.” Watch below as the trio grooves along to this ode to the legendary Earth, Wind and Fire brothers.

Al Estrada Lights Up Stage at Dana Point Summer Concert Series

Posted on August 3rd, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Lights, a So Cal band billed for its note for note renditions of Journey’s classic catalog, recently ignited the stage at the Dana Point Summer Concert Series.

Playing a U.S.A. Charvel San Dimas that he modded with stainless steel frets, Lights guitarist Al Estrada wowed with a blistering solo, which can be viewed in the clip below.

Watch G3 in Action

Posted on July 27th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

G3, featuring a new lineup comprised by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and the Aristocrats (Guthre Govan, Marco Minnemann and Bryan Beller), have wrapped their European run, but thanks to some excellent fan footage, everyone can enjoy seeing these masterful guitarists in action.

Prior to the tour, the Aristocrats had this to say:

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for Joe and Steve as groundbreaking artists in the world of instrumental rock who continue to bring it year after year. It will be a special privilege to bring our subversive brew of Aristocratic musical mayhem to the G3 stage – and especially the G3 audience. Let the games begin!”

Looks those games included covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” the Police’s “Message in a Bottle”  and more.

Watch some of the clips below …

‘I Just Beat My Guitar’ – Gojira’s Joe Duplantier to ‘Total Guitar’

Posted on July 19th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

In its July issue, Total Guitar features a lengthy article with Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier.

The piece covers the blood, sweat and tears that went into making new album Magma, including building a recording studio, Joe and sticksman brother Mario moving to New York and the loss of their mother.

“It drastically affected the creative process,” Duplantier said of her passing. “I kinda want to say the entire record is all about that … I’m all about that, I mean, I lost my mum. It’s difficult to explain the reasons behind the art sometimes. You recycle every single thing that happens to you. We’re all confronted by death… that’s what people do. They die! It’s interesting how something like that can be that extraordinary and painful, yet totally normal. Life has all these traps and forces you to evolve, so our music is a good image of what we are – anger, frustration, violence … but also peace.”

Duplantier also provides insight into the band’s gear and sonic approach for the album.

“For me, when it’s time to record, I just run around, try to find my guitar (signature Charvel San Dimas), quickly get it all working and wrestle it into submission.

“But the Whammy is an exciting and cool tool. This was the first time we’ve actually used a pedal. Before that, our noises have been hand-made, like the pick scrape, which came from an accident on tour when I made this sound with strings and thought it was cool. So I did it again the next night and wrote it into some of our songs, along with pinched harmonics and weird bends. People always ask what pedal I use, and I always have to say ‘I just beat my guitar and find sounds!’ I was really proud of that. The only effect for us really has been the distortion of the amp. Now it will be impossible for me to play those riffs without the Whammy!”

Instead of stacking guitar tracks on top of each other, Duplantier said the band went for a more minimalistic approach.

“I wanted to record something that allowed people to hear the texture and tone of the guitars more than ever before,” he shared. “Like the pick attack on the strings. So rather than a wall of sound, it would be at most two guitars. During the choruses I added a Telecaster underneath my signature Charvel— I love the sound of them because they’re very bright and make a big difference even when super low in the mix. It brings a different vibe with the single-coils.”

Click here to purchase the July issue (available via print or digital) to read the full article!

Gojira Teams Up with Arte for Brilliant Concert Video

Posted on June 28th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Joe Duplantier and his band Gojira recently teamed up with Arte.TV for an epic 70-minute video of their private concert held at Studio 500.

The artfully crafted video captures the band and their fans in a movie-quality production full of clever angles that puts the viewer on stage with the band and in the moshing crowd. The fast-paced clips intensify the emotion and with so many up-close shots, it manages to make you feel like you are truly experiencing the performance in person.

During the set, Gojira played three new songs off brand new album Magma, including “Stranded,” “Silvera” and “Only Pain.”


All That Remains Recording New Album

Posted on June 20th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Massachusetts-based metallers All That Remains have returned to a studio in Woodland Hills, Calif., to record their follow-up to 2015’s The Order of Things. Frontman Phil Labonte recently invited fans into the recording space via a live stream with an update on their progress.

Labonte’s video was a casual introduction to what appears will be the first of many. The band plans to keep fans in the loop on a weekly basis, and will post behind-the-scenes videos of their sessions to YouTube once recording wraps.

Watch Labonte’s clip below, and be on the lookout for more streaming sessions from the guys soon ..

Gojira Performs New Songs at Rock In Vienna

Posted on June 13th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Gojira took the stage at the Rock in Vienna festival in Austria last week, performing new songs “Silvera” and “Stranded” off upcoming June 17 album Magma.

A fan caught excellent footage of the electrifying performance and the enthusiastic crowd chanting along to the beginning of “Stranded.” There’s an energy that can be felt between the audience and the band, fueled by Joe Duplantier’s growling vocals and monstrous guitar riffs.

Gojira is on tour in Europe and North America through October. Dates here.

Check out the Rock in Vienna performances below:

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