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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.”

Watch the incredible footage below:

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:

Phil Sgrosso Debuts New Band Poison Headache

Posted on June 6th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner


Phil Sgrosso is no stranger to the metal scene, having earned a solid reputation as former rhythm guitarist for As I Lay Dying and Wovenwork. Now, the musician is venturing into new hardcore territory with new band Poison Headache.

Seven years in the making, Sgrosso leads the powerhouse trio also comprised by guitarist Andrew Kukta and drummer Kyle Rosa.

“We were just jamming for fun and being kids again,” Sgrosso tells Decibel magazine of how the band came together. “That excitement of making noise. And I was kind of getting the itch to get it done and finished.”

The band’s newly released eponymous album features ten monstrous tracks filled with violent riffs and a storm of pure thrashing hardcore chaos.

“I’ve always been a fan of many subgenres of heavy music,” Sgrosso explains to Decibel. “The bond that we have is more this style—mean and aggressive. Andy is a really strong riff writer, and when we’re in the mindset of this band we really immerse ourselves in this sound and it’s more just attitude.”

Experience some of that attitude with the single “Sin Eater” below.

Hans Zimmer Live on Tour : 3M5 Guitars Echo In Eternity

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Legendary film composer Hans Zimmer recruited guitarists Mike Einziger, Guthrie Govan and Johnny Marr to join his choir and orchestra for his Hans Zimmer Live tour, which is currently making its way across Europe.

In the clip below, the three phenom guitarists talk about what it means to join Zimmer’s tour.

Gojira Drops Stunning Video for ‘Silvera’

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

 

French progressive metal act Gojira have returned to the metal scene with a vengeance, delivering a stunning new video for second single “Silvera” off upcoming June 17 album Magma.

Directed by Drew Cox, live footage of the band feverishly performing on a rooftop is mixed with surreal and odd scenes including a woman dancing—first while sheathed in a stretchy white fabric and later in a cloud of white powder, another woman shedding black tar tears, a boy with a crown of thorns and a sky filled with bodies streaking upwards.

It’s a clip that, similar to the video for “Stranded,” leaves viewers searching for its hidden meaning.
See for yourself below …

 

Mike Orlando to Tour Brazil with Noturnall and Host More Sonic Stomp Clinics

Posted on May 11th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, Sonic Stomp & Noturnall Band recently announced on his Facebook page that he will return to Brazil for a series of tour dates with Noturnall and a handful of Sonic Stomp clinics in between live shows.

A couple of the clinics will be filmed for a Sonic Stomp DVD that will also include material from the Sonic Stomp shows in the Axes Cruise, previous clinics and more.

View Brazilian dates and Sonic Stomp appearances here.

And to fire up his fans, Orlando accompanied the announcement with an explosive shred session. Check it out below.

 

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.

 

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