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Start Your Weekend with the New Gojira Single, ‘Stranded’

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck


Charvel signature artist Joe Duplantier and his French metal act Gojira are getting the weekend off to a killer start, with the release of a new video for new single “Stranded.” The band also released the album cover art for Magma, dropping June 17.

Directed by Vincent Caldoni, the sepia video features the band performing live indoors, but also other strange imagery including a woman dancing wildly, smashing a pile of eggs and then painting the guys’ faces.  Combined, the beautifully shot footage conveys a sense of feeling trapped and desperation.

Watch the video and see the new album cover below.

 

Gojira Release New Album Name, Release Date and Audio Sample

Posted on April 14th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner


The wait is nearly over for Gorjira’s highly-anticipated sixth studio album, Magma. The French metal band just announced both its name and a June 17 release, also accompanied by an audio sample.

Fans have been chomping at the bit for the follow up to 2012’s L’Enfant Sauvage, but the band has been very vocal about explaining their four-year recording process. The unfortunate loss of Joe and Mario Duplantier’s mother in July 2015 delayed writing sessions, but eventually would provide the emotional material for the album.

The ten tracks were recorded at the brother’s New York-based Silver Cord Studios, and seemed to be a very cathartic experience. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Joe Duplantier opened up about the studio sessions, saying, “Mario was recording drums, and I was playing guitar with him, just trying to help him know where he’s at in the song, and both of us would start crying at the same time.”

Check out the teaser below to get a sneak peak of what to expect from the imminent release.

See Guthrie Govan in Hans Zimmer Live Rehearsal Video

Posted on April 6th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

A new behind-the-scenes video for the Hans Zimmer Live tour, which kicked off April 6 in London, takes viewers through the first few days of rehearsals as Zimmer and his 77-piece orchestra get ready for what looks to be a phenomenal show.

Included in the festivities is Charvel artist Guthrie Govan, who can be seen a few times throughout the package with his signature model.

Govan previously shared how he connected with Zimmer during a 2014 interview with Ultimate Guitar‘s Rebecca Livingstone.

“He sent me a Facebook message and I didn’t believe it was him,” Govan revealed. “I get some fairly weird Facebook messages, sometimes people seem a bit like stalkers or whatever. So I replied to this, ‘You’re probably some 14-year-old kid looking for my email address, please don’t waste my time.”

Zimmer apparently wrote back, saying, “No it really is me the dodgy German film composer, I found you on YouTube, I love what you do with a fretless guitar. Do you want to be in my band?”

“So I was like okay maybe it really is him,” shared Govan. “I just find it funny that I nearly blew the whole thing by refusing to believe it was actually Hans. It just seemed so implausible that someone in his musical world would know about what I do because I’m kind of a specialized player. But that’s what he does, he watches YouTube. He’s always looking for new musicians, new inspirations stuff like that. He’s a great guy to work with.”

Hear from Govan and Zimmer, and enjoy a look at rehearsals in the clip below. Click here for tour dates & ticket info!

LoCash Perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Posted on March 31st, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

American country music duo LoCash made their late night TV debut last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing their hit “I Love This Life” and new single “I Know Somebody.”

Chris Lucas and Preston Brust began their careers co-writing some of country’s greatest hits for Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, and now they are enjoying their time in the spotlight. The duo’s dynamic sound is backed by an enormous five-piece band, featuring guitarists Paul Scott and David White, who sure showed their love for Charvel during the set.  White busted out his Warren DeMartini Signature Snake with Scott rocking a So-Cal Silver Sparkle and a San Dimas in Specific Ocean.

Watch both Kimmel performances below and visit the official LoCash site for a list of tour dates.

 

NeoGeofanatic Posts Emotional Guitar Solo

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

This one escaped us a few months back, but it’s too good not to share!

French guitar teacher and YouTube sensation NeoGeofanatic has posted a dramatic improvisational piece over backing tracks using a Warren DeMartini Signature Snake.

The nearly five-minute song uses major effects to achieve the super-sustained, wah-heavy tone. Watch as he makes the Charvel sing over a dark, melodic tune that shows off his impressive guitar chops.

 

LoCash Perform Hit Single on ‘Today Show’

Posted on March 2nd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Nashville country duo LoCash paid a visit on Wednesday morning to the Big Apple to perform hit single “I Love This Life” on the Today Show.

Watch the clip after the jump, which features guitarist Paul Scott on his custom Orange Flake San Dimas and guitarist David White on his Warren DeMartini Snakeskin.

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Spanking My Plank

Posted on February 8th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

UK-based guitarist Sam Coulson, who has been touring the last few years with Asia, recently posted a clip on YouTube entitled “Spanking My Plank.”

Plank being his No. 1 Japanese-made Charvel So-Cal with DiMarzio pickups.

“Jamming some rough bluesy stuff in G blues,” he noted. “Always lots of fun.”

Check out the clip below …

Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando Honors Randy Rhoads

Posted on January 26th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

During the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., several metal icons teamed up for the “Randy Rhoads Remembered” concert to honor one of the genre’s most legendary guitarists.

Founded in 2013 by former Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy and producer Joe Sutton, the event is aimed at recognizing the incredible contributions of the late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, whose life was tragically cut short at the young age of 25.

Several artists collaborated on Osbourne’s greatest hits, including “Crazy Train,” “Little Dolls” and “Diary of a Madman.And for those who couldn’t make it, fans have been sharing some of their footage, including the clip below featuring the fine talents of Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando.

Watch below as Orlando switches between his Charvel and an acoustic guitar for “Diary of a Madman.”

Master Builder Chip Ellis on his Custom Creations

Posted on January 23rd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel Custom Shop Master Builder Chip Ellis recently relocated to Nashville, and was a bit inspired by the local music scene when it came to working on a pair of custom guitars that were revealed during a Custom Shop event at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.

Watch below as Ellis gives the scoop on a custom Surfcaster Roasted Pine and Style 2 Roasted Pine.


Guthrie Govan String Bending Masterclass – Part Five

Posted on January 4th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Guitarist recently posted the “final installment of the bending odyssey” with Charvel signature artist Guthrie Govan.

“I figured it would be fun to end by adding a somewhat unfashionable technique to our bending repertoire,” said Govan. “‘What would happen,’ we must ask ourselves, ‘if we combine all of our string bending chops with a little bit of tapping. This is sometimes considered to be the province solely of the heavy metal shred monster but the way I see it, tapping is just another way to play notes that this hand (fretting hand) can’t reach on its own. So I’ve never been a fan of that whole stigma that gets attached to it. Tapping is just another way to make sounds and you can use it for all sorts of crazy purposes as hopefully we’re about to find out.”

Watch the lesson below to explore some of Govan’s interesting ideas.

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