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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.