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Steel Panther Crash Thursday Night Football

Posted on November 15th, 2018 by Sara Norton

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.

Mike Orlando to Release First Instrumental DVD

Posted on October 31st, 2018 by Sara Norton

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.

Enjoy the trailer below.

Watch Red Dragon Cartel’s Newest Video for ‘Crooked Man’

Posted on October 18th, 2018 by Sara Norton

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.

Angel Vivaldi Debuts “Noradrenaline”

Posted on October 5th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Angel Vivaldi recently released a playthrough video of “Noradrenaline” off his album Synapse, with the video delivering plenty of his radiant fret work.

Compared to the majority of Vivaldi’s heavier work, he slows down the tempo on “Noradrenaline” with an angelic solo played over cascading chords on his Charvel signature 7-string prototype.

Check out the video below.

 

Impellitteri Release New Song ‘Run For Your Life’

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by Sara Norton

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.

Dumb Couch Lick of the Night with Thomas Griggs

Posted on September 12th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Guitarist Thomas Griggs showed off some slick arpeggio playing on his brand-new Pro Mod DK24 HSH 2PT CM in this Instagram video, which he tagged as the “dumb couch lick of the night.”

 


 

 

 

Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel Debuts New Single ‘Havana’

Posted on August 29th, 2018 by Chrissy Mauck

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 …

Al Estrada Shows Off Pro-Mod San Dimas

Posted on August 22nd, 2018 by Sara Norton

Guitar ace Al Estrada shows off his stellar playing on a Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E Ash (in Natural) in a recent video.

In the clip, Estrada exhibits both the model’s features and massive range with a couple slick hard rock riffs before then slowing down the tempo with a smooth, melodic solo.

Watch Estrada in action below.

Angel Vivaldi Releases Playthrough Video ‘Synapse’

Posted on August 14th, 2018 by Sara Norton

If you needed any more proof that instru-metal virtuoso Angel Vivaldi’s playing is not of this planet, look no further than his newest guitar playthrough video for “Synapse.”

“Synapse” is the perfect blend of harmonious atmospheric force Vivaldi is known for. His signature playing is on full display as he glides around on his custom Charvel DK247 at sonic speeds, effortlessly showing off his brisk fretwork.

As the song crests with explosive force, Vivaldi slows the tempo with a smooth tapping technique before screaming out a soaring solo as the song fades.

“Synapse” is the title track of Vivaldi’s fifth album, which you can order here.

Enjoy the video below.

 

Clint Vincent Joins Charvel

Posted on August 7th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Clint Vincent of Australian rock band Dead Letter Circus is a new Charvel artist, and we couldn’t be more amped to have the Aussie on board.

The Brisbane-native provides the beautiful palette of alternative riffs and soaring licks for Dead Letter Circus, and his playing is on full display in new single “The Real You” off their upcoming self-titled fifth album.

Dead Letter Circus made an impact on the Australian charts when their debut album This Is the Warning peaked at No. 2 and was later certified gold. Since then, they have generated three acclaimed albums and toured the world in support of bands such as Muse, Linkin Park, and Judas Priest. Their upcoming eponymous album will be released Sept. 21 via Rise Records and BMG.

Give “The Real You” a listen below, and check here for upcoming tour dates.

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