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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.


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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