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Adrenaline Mob Will Release New Album We The People In June

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

Adrenaline Mob has announced that new album We The People will be released on June 2 and will coincide with a supporting world tour. Vocalist Russell Allen and Charvel guitarist Mike Orlando recruited new members in drummer Jordan Cannata and bassist David Zablidowsky to record the follow-up to 2014’s Men Of Honor.

Adrenaline Mob’s music has always been politically charged, and the album’s cover art and title indicates the band will continue to voice their opinion on the subject. The first song Orlando wrote for We the People is a track titled “Blind Leading the Blind,” which expresses his sentiments around the Trump/Clinton presidential campaign.

“The title track is very much inspired by the past election year,” explained Allen. “It touches on our society, here in America. The album title is a reflection of our times.”

And those times don’t solely focus on politics.

“The songs have certain particular stories that stand on their own,” stated Allen. “Many of them are also driven by the climate we live in today and some are about having a good time, being free and loving rock ‘n’ roll. All the tracks have a personality and character to them.”

Stayed tuned for more from Adrenaline Mob as the new album draws closer this summer.

In the meantime, fans of Orlando should also check out the clip below as he plays “Wheels in Motion” from his work with Sonic Stomp. The track will appear on the fall 2017 Sonic Stomp Live in Brazil DVD.

Steel Panther Switch Up A Few Things for ‘Lower the Bar’

Posted on March 29th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Internationally renowned glam rock act Steel Panther has dropped  its latest effort on the masses and despite the album’s title, fans should raise their expectations for Lower the Bar.

“I think we’ve expanded, frontman Michael Starr explained to Billboard. “Our style is still the same formula, I guess, but we’ve changed it up a bit. I could say that we used to sing about pussy and partying; now we’re singing about partying and pussy, but the reality is we did switch up a few things. It’s a really solid, fun, intelligent party record. We’re just maturing as a band after being on the road for years together and living together. It shows.

“It’s hard to put into words without sounding like a typical review, but it feels different to me. It feels like we’re doing some melody lines we normally wouldn’t do on a couple of sings, different kinds of moods and not necessary just ‘Dr. Feelgood’. There’s some different stuff in there, but everything’s open for interpretation.”

Co-produced with longtime collaborator Jay Ruston, the album features 11 new songs with another two tracks available on a Best Buy deluxe edition. In true form for the kings of debauchery, song titles range from “Pussy Ain’t Free” to “Poontang Boomerang” and “Goin’ in the Backdoor.”

Sample the effort below with the new video for “I Got What You Want,” which was filmed during Steel Panther’s sold-out 2016 U.K. arena tour and features Satchel tearing away at his  Custom Charvel Dinky Bengal Striped.

Want to buy the album? Boom, get it here!

Watch the New As Lions Video for ‘One By One’

Posted on March 20th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Brit rock outfit As Lions — fronted by Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson’s son Austin — have dropped a new video for “One By One,” which is featured on debut full-length album Selfish Age.

Helmed by award-winning producer David Bendeth (Of Mice & Men, Paramore) and Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed), Selfish Age is an illustration of the band’s mission to create “the biggest, baddest hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale.” 

Filmed underground in Manchester, the footage for its track “One By One” alternates between the band performing live and a blindfolded ballerina.

Watch the action below showcasing guitarist Conor O’Keefe on his Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH HT, and click here for info on their upcoming string of U.S. shows.

 

 

RATT Reunites for Summer Tour

Posted on March 15th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

1980s glam metal legends RATT have announced a summer reunion tour featuring three of the original members, including singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist and Charvel signature artist Warren DeMartini.

Guitarist Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (White Lion, Megadeth) have joined forces with the reunited trio to complete the lineup, and played their first official show at Treasure Island in Welch, Minn., last month. Fan-filmed footage of the concert can be viewed below to get a preview of the band back in action.

RATT will hit select cities in America and Japan, and will also make an appearance at Sweden Rock Festival in June. Get the complete list of tour dates here.

Gojira Perform live on ‘Quotidien’

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

French metallers Gojira recently appeared on Quotidien, the most viewed television show in France.

While we couldn’t make heads or tails of the conversation leading into the performance, we sure did enjoy watching the band forcefully power through “Stranded” and “The Shooting Star.”

Check out both clips below, featuring singer/guitarist Joe Duplantier on his signature Charvel models.

Gojira’s Joe Duplantier Says His New Signature Charvel was Built to Take a Pounding

Posted on January 18th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Although Joe Duplantier’s new signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH model is just now about to start shipping to dealers, Duplantier has been using his prototype since recording 2016′s Magma, and it’s held up rather admirably throughout a heavy touring cycle in support of the album.

“I’ve been using my signature model on the road and it’s very solid,” said Duplantier. “I’m pounding the guitar every night. I pound the strings and I need a guitar that’s solid and can handle this for touring.”

It also proved to be studio worthy, too.

“When I started working on the new record I wanted to find the perfect tone for what I was doing,” said Duplantier. “I usually use several guitars because in the studio you can’t make any mistakes and you have to pick the right guitar and this guitar was the winner. I called Charvel right away and was like, ‘Aah this is the guitar in the studio too!,’ which is pretty rare for a guitar to be the ultimate weapon on stage and in the studio. This guitar has both.”

Watch below as Duplantier demos some of its key features and explains why he chose them.

Evergrey’s Henrik Danhage Talks Gear with Bandist

Posted on November 10th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

Lead guitarist Henrik Danhage of Swedish progressive metal band Evergrey recently took German instrument retailer and blogger Bandist on a tour of his live rig, which includes an impressive collection of Charvel guitars.

Danhage begins with the amps, pedals and effects he uses to achieve his signature sound, dialing in the details of the channels and settings. Saving the best for last, Danhage also walks the viewer through his prized group of modified Charvel guitars that he plays exclusively.

“All-time favorite,” says Danhage. “Growing up with all the cool players, like Steve Vai, Warren DeMartini, Jake E Lee, you know a lot of those cats had Charvels. I’m so honored that I can work with them and they make me awesome guitars. I couldn’t be happier on the guitar front.”

Watch the interview with Danhage below to get all the details on what he brings to the stage.

Warren DeMartini Performs on the Monsters of Rock Cruise West

Posted on October 4th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel signature artist Warren DeMartini joined RATT bandmates, singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier for a “surprise band” performance on Saturday night on the Monsters of Rock Cruise West. Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT 2010 studio album Infestation, and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, White Lion and Megadeth) also joined them onstage.

Watch fan footage below as the band plays RATT’s “Wanted Man” …

Watch Chris Impellitteri Live with his Bloodsplatter Charvel

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Los Angeles heavy metal act Impellitteri has been enjoying the festival scene abroad this summer, including slots at Busan Rock Festival in South Korea, Bang Your Head Festival in Germany and Rock Fest Barcelona.

All the while, guitarist Chris Impellitteri has been shredding away on a Charvel Custom Shop Legacy Bloodsplatter guitar.

Watch below to enjoy some fan footage, including a surprising choice for a metal show in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in which Impellitteri really shows off his chops.

Watch Kelly Simonz Demo the Pro-Mod Collection at Tokyo Guitar Clinic

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 by Morgan Brunner


Charvel artist Kelly Simonz held a guitar clinic last month at the Gakki Center in Tokyo, where he showed off his impressive skills on the latest Pro-Mod collection.

The guitar virtuoso from Japan demoed a Rocket Red Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR on his song “Future Destination” and a Transparent Black Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR on “Tales Of The Viking.”

View Simonz’s special appearance at the clinic below.

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