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Charvel Unveils New Artist Signature Models at Summer NAMM

Posted on July 14th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel continues its long-held partnerships with Warren DeMartini and Jake E Lee with the upcoming release of brand-new signature models. The Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie and the Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst will be unveiled this week at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn., and available to consumers in October 2017.

Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie

Fans have long clamored for a replica of Warren DeMartini’s famed and beloved “Frenchie” guitar, as seen live on tour and on a slew of magazine covers throughout Ratt’s reign in the 1980s. Charvel has responded with the Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie, available in a Snow White and a Gloss Black finish. Both are detailed with cross decals and a tribute quote to James Dean in French that translates “too fast to live, too young to die.”

The Frenchie also offers premium features such as a Dinky™ alder body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck and a 12″- 16″ compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo stainless steel frets and black dot inlays.

Custom-made for the legendary lead guitarist, the Seymour Duncan® Warren DeMartini RTM (“Rattus Tonus Maximus”) bridge pickup is a powerful high-output humbucker that naturally compresses for a well-balanced and even tone, perfect for complex chording and precision soloing. The RTM is boosted by an SSL-4 Quarter Pound neck pickup, adding fat, supercharged punch and extra sustain.

The Frenchie also features a single volume control knob, three-way toggle switching, a Floyd Rose Original locking bridge and Gotoh® tuning machines.

 Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst

Jake E Lee’s original Blue Burst guitar gained notoriety during his stint with Ozzy Osbourne, as he recorded and performed live with the famous instrument throughout the band’s pivotal Bark at the Moon and Ultimate Sin years. Charvel® has recreated an unmistakable replica of Lee’s original model down to the very last detail.

The Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst features a poplar body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck and a 12” radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and white dot inlays.

Equipped with a versatile customized Seymour Duncan® JB Alnico II humbucking bridge pickup, this model can handle a diverse range of tones from sweet and warm to aggressive and distorted. It’s also supercharged with two powerful single-coil DiMarzio® SDS-1 pickups in the middle and neck for extra gain with a deeper, darker tone. The pickups are controlled with a five-way blade switch and single volume knob.

Available in a mesmerizing Blue Burst, this signature axe also features a brass Charvel hardtail bridge and output jack plate, and black Gotoh® tuning machines.

Angel Vivaldi Joins Charvel Artist Family

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

Charvel is proud to welcome solo American guitarist and songwriter Angel Vivaldi to the artist family.

“Working with Charvel has been incredible,” he said. “It’s an honor to work with a historic company that has had such an impact on the guitar community. What we’re currently designing together is nothing short of breathtaking… this prototype is already seeing a lot of miles on it! Humbled and excited to enter into this new era of my career with Charvel.”

Fans can catch Vivaldi out on the road with Andy James this fall on THE WAVE OF SYNERGY TOUR. The duo will hit 22 cities, which will also include joint VIP guitar clinics, complete with Q&A sessions, meet and greets, tour memorabilia and more.

Fans can also expect to hear brand new material from Vivaldi’s upcoming album Synapse. Get the details and tour dates here.

 

Q&A with the Great Guthrie Govan

Posted on July 6th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel signature artist Guthrie Govan is currently in the middle of a summer-long Hans Zimmer Live tour, but he found a few minutes for this quick chat about the gig and his newest signature models.

Q:  Is it a true story that when Hans Zimmer first contacted you on Facebook you thought it was a joke?

A: Yeah, it might sound paranoid but my experience with Facebook – I’ve had a few episodes like that where people purport to me that which they are not so experience taught me to be suspicious and it just seemed so farfetched.

Q: How did you reply then?
A: I think it was something along the lines of, “Come on, we both know you are not Hans Zimmer. You are wasting my time and your time. You are not really Hans Zimmer so who are you and what do you really want?” And he replied, “no, no it really is Hans, the dodgy German composer. Here’s my phone number, please call me,” and I did.

It sounded authentic somehow, something about the second message and the persistence— like okay, he’s keeping up the charade, maybe it is really him.

Q: How did that call go when you rang him?

A: Very encouraging, very flattering because this is what Hans does. He stays up until 5 in the morning watching YouTube videos and looking for weird new musicians that he might want to work with and he found some clip of me playing fretless guitar and he liked the eccentricity of it. Originally he was looking for people playing fretless guitar because he wanted to reinvent the Thelma & Louise soundtrack and on the original recording it was played by Pete Haycock. Pete was very good friend of Hans and is no longer with us so it’s a very emotionally charged piece of music for Hans. So he went to all of this trouble to look for someone who could play slide guitar in a different way and then realized the piece of music was close to him that he didn’t want to do it in the set —he wasn’t ready and so we did a whole European tour last summer and only on the last gig of the tour did we play Thelma and Louise. I guess I didn’t screw up too badly because its back in the set every night now.

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The Music Zoo’s Evening with Warren DeMartini

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

Back in April, New York-based guitar dealer the Music Zoo held a special event with RATT’s lead guitarist Warren DeMartini that is now available to the masses via new online videos.

The session was hosted by Guitar World’s Andy Aledort, and finds DeMartini in his element as he shares personal accounts of his successful career and details about his signature Charvel models. In between reminiscing and fielding questions from the fans, DeMartini also entertains the audience with jaw-dropping demos.

Watch the footage below, and see DeMartini live on RATT’s summer tour. Dates here.

De La Tierra Premieres Video for Track ‘Puro’

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

Andreas Kisser has kept himself very busy lately — supporting Sepultura’s recent tour and enjoying the long-awaited world premiere of their documentary, while also dedicating time to his supergroup side project De La Tierra.

De La Tierra released sophomore album II last November, with lead track “Puro” debuting just days before the record dropped. Just last week, the band returned with a powerful new video treatment for the single that reinforces its “always darkest before the dawn” theme. In the clip, members of the group are tortured while in captivity, but their perseverance during eventually leads to freedom.

Watch the video now, and see Kisser on his one-of-a-kind custom Charvel San Dimas.

RATT Talks New Studio Album

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

Recently reunited RATT members Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier and Stephen Pearcy caught up with radio station 98.9 The Rock during their appearance at Rockfest in Kansas City last week.

The original trio’s interview with station’s DJ Nivens included talk of their desire to head back to the studio to record a new album. While Croucier was reluctant to over-promise, lead singer Pearcy was more straightforward.

“I would love to get that done, actually. I would,” he said.

Earlier in the year, Pearcy told journalist Mitch Lafon about their plans to follow up last record Infestation.

“We want it to be brilliant, and we’re gonna take the time and effort to do it,” he explained. “We just don’t wanna go out there and … I mean, of course, we’re gonna go out there and play the hits and do what we do, but at the end of the year, we wanna start on the record.”

While fans will have wait for a future new album, they can at least catch the band live this summer on the following dates. Also, check out some great footage captured by Decibel Geek TV below of RATT’s recent performance at the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, Okla.

Hear Adrenaline Mob’s New Song ‘Lords of Thunder’

Posted on June 6th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

 

Adrenaline Mob released new album We the People on Friday, June 2, and new single “Lords of Thunder” can be heard below.

Main members Mike Orlando (guitar) and Russell Allen (vocals) focused their writing efforts on the band’s third studio album on recent political events and their sentiments towards the current climate.

The heavy and melodic track “Lords of Thunder” reinforces that polarizing theme with the following lyrics mixed in between impressive soloing from Orlando.

You can die today or you can join with me

So let your voice be heard and tell us where you stand

We value the word of each and every man

Listen to the track now, and also watch the official video for We the People’s opening track “King of the Ring” below. The band is also about to head out on the road this summer. View tour dates here.

Stone Sour Reveals New Music Video for ‘Song #3′

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Stone Sour’s new single “Song #3″ recently cracked the Top 25 on Billboard‘s Rock Airplay chart, and now comes an accompanying music video.

Directed by Ryan Valdez, the clip begins with lead singer Corey Taylor walking onto a movie set. After donning a Wayne’s World looking long blond wig, Taylor hops onstage with his Stone Sour bandmates, who are all dressed in white.  Several more wardrobe changes occur throughout the performance of the soaring track, which will appear on their upcoming June 30th seventh studio album Hydrograd.

Check out the video below …

Watch the New Miss May I Video for ‘Shadows Inside’

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Metalcore heavy hitters Miss May I have dropped another new official music video, this time for the title track of their upcoming June 2nd album, Shadows Inside.

Along with multiple shots of hands reaching towards an evil looking mask, the footage primarily features live performance by the band and is often dark and jarring.

“Not only does this song open up our new record, it also sets the tone for the record,” explains singer Levi Benton. “This album is all about changes throughout life, good and bad. It’s about the past that lives within everyone; their ‘Shadows Inside.’ The lyrics talk about how great new things can give light to your past and put you in a better place.

“We have quite a few videos and we’re always trying to change things up. With this video for ‘Shadows Inside’ we not only wanted to recreate the cover of the record in real life, but we also wanted the performance to be abstract. We had black lights and used old lens effects from the ’90s to achieve a very classic look and something totally different for us.”

Watch the clip below and pre-order the new album here.

Vixen To Release New Album

Posted on May 9th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

Glam metal femme fatales Vixen are gearing up for a new album that will be released later this year.

The band reunited over three years ago, and fans have been anxiously awaiting their comeback studio album since last release Live and Learn in 2006. Rockpages.gr recently shared a statement from bassist Share Ross’ interview with 98.7 The Gater of Palm Beach about their progress on the new material.

“We’ve been working on stuff, which is challenging, ’cause we all live really far apart from each other,” said Ross. “But we are getting stuff recorded and getting it done, so hopefully this year we’ll finish that up. We started off trying to [work on new music separately], and we just got really frustrated, so we all just fly to where the drummer lives, in Detroit, [which is] way better.”

Ross also shared that the album will be dedicated to founding member and lead guitarist Jan Kuehnemund, who lost her battle with cancer in October 2013.

The current lineup also consists of original members Roxy Petrucci on drums and lead singer Janet Gardner, as well as Charvel artist Brittany Denaro on guitar.

Stay tuned for more album news throughout the year, and catch Vixen in a handful of live appearances this summer. Dates here.

In the meantime, get your Vixen fix below with fan-filmed footage from the M3 Festival in Columbia, Md.

 

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