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Stone Sour Reveals New Music Video for ‘Song #3′

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Stone Sour’s new single “Song #3″ recently cracked the Top 25 on Billboard‘s Rock Airplay chart, and now comes an accompanying music video.

Directed by Ryan Valdez, the clip begins with lead singer Corey Taylor walking onto a movie set. After donning a Wayne’s World looking long blond wig, Taylor hops onstage with his Stone Sour bandmates, who are all dressed in white.  Several more wardrobe changes occur throughout the performance of the soaring track, which will appear on their upcoming June 30th seventh studio album Hydrograd.

Check out the video below …

Hans Zimmer Again Stuns the Coachella Masses

Posted on April 25th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck


Photo by Greg Noire. © Coachella 2017

“The crazy German is back,” said famed film composer Hans Zimmer as he again took the outdoor stage Sunday night at Coachella. “Tonight is all about the these people behind me and you. These are amazing musicians.”

A 40-piece orchestra and choir playing and singing some of the most famous movie scores of all-time on the last night of the 3-day festival?

Sounds a bit left of center even for Coachella, and maybe too dizzying of a contrast from other acts on the bill. But, not so. Well done to festival promoter Golden Voice. Well done. It was an inventive choice, and one that offered a truly stunning and mesmerizing moment for the masses.

As cast member and guitarist Guthrie Govan told us before the set, “I like the subversive aspect of it. As Hans himself put it at the last show we did a week ago, it takes a special kind of crazy person to bring an orchestra out into the desert but someone had to do it. The crowd reaction was amazing. I think no one knew what quite to expect. Maybe they gathered out of respect, maybe out of sheer curiosity, but no one knew the type of show they were about to experience and you could feel the enthusiasm in the crowd growing so I think it was a successful experiment.”

Indeed.

The cinematic trip included scores from Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar, Gladiator, The Dark Knight trilogy and crowd-favorite, The Lion King.

A roar to rival that of Mufasa’s went up among the audience when South African composer Lebo M. returned to the Coachella stage to sing his parts from the Academy-award winning animated film.

Govan also enjoyed the spotlight during several songs, including a demonstration of his masterful and face-melting playing on his signature Charvel model during “One Day” from Pirates.

The addition of electric guitar and bass took many of the orchestral arrangements to a new, and if possible, even more grandiose level.  Johnny Marr’s son Nile, who Govan said “uncannily has the exact same timing as his father,” traded riffs with Zimmer during the Inception opus, which also included a lengthy drum breakdown.

“It’s going to get considerably darker,” Zimmer warned the audience in an ominous and deep voice before what sounded like an air raid horn and a hair-raising pounding bass line kicked in for the Dark Knight trilogy.

And while, yes, it did get darker, Zimmer’s masterpieces also fed a sea of festival souls with inspiration and a true sense of magic.

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Sepultura Performs on Brazil’s TV Cultura

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

Video of Sepultura’s April 2 interview and performance on Brazil’s TV Cultura has surfaced.

The band kicked off the set with track “Phantom Self” from latest album Machine Messiah, and then between song breaks took turns answering questions about the effort, their long-awaited documentary and their influences.

Check out the performance and interview in the clips below, and hang around long enough to see guitarist Andreas Kisser pull off a playful rendition of Aerosmith’s famous lick “Walk This Way” on his custom Charvel So-Cal.

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!

Get the Six Pack of Sound with the New Charvel Style 2′s

Posted on February 14th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Experience the six pack of sound in this video demo featuring guitarist Jordan Ziff on the NEW Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH FR M in Transparent Red. Firstly, Ziff runs through pickup positions 1, 2 and 3 with the volume knob in standard position. He then splits the coils by pulling the volume knob and again runs through all three pickup positions.

Watch below …

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.

Premier Guitar Reviews the Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR

Posted on September 29th, 2016 by Morgan Brunner

 

The Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR received a glowing two-page review in Premier Guitar’s October issue, also earning the magazine’s “Premier Gear” stamp of approval.

“For a lot of aspiring shredders, the image of Warren DeMartini’s Charvel San Dimas in Ratt’s ‘Round and Round’ video—with its blood and skull graphic—was about as badass as you could get in 1984,” writes reviewer Joe Charupakorn. “That image helped cement the San Dimas’ place as one of the must-have axes of the shred era. But it was no flash in the pan.”

The San Dimas still stays true to those roots but offers many upgraded features that technical players covet, and Charupakorn’s review offers a deep dive into the newest Pro-Mod Style 1 HH FR guitar’s looks, specs and sound.

“With its transparent, tobacco sunburst, quilted maple top on an alder body, zebra humbuckers, and maple neck, the Pro-Mod version looks sharp, and a lot like an ‘80s shred kid grown up and keeping it classy in middle age. Rather more lurid solid colors like slime green and neon pink are also available for permanent adolescents.”

Charupakorn continues with a detailed tour of the guitar’s construction before turning his focus on the “six pack of sound” that makes this guitar standout sonically.

“You can get great sounds from just about every configuration,” he wrote. “The neck pickup is crisp with a lot of bite, and free of tubbiness. The middle sounded a little glassier than the neck position and inspired whammy-infused, clean melodies (Steve Vai’s ‘Call it Sleep’ riff among them). The bridge pickup is muscular, open, and sounds reminiscent of some of Guthrie Govan’s brash lead tones. For rhythm playing, the tight low end makes Eddie Van Halen-style metal-boogie riffs and percussive djent-type rhythms sound equally tough and clear.”

Charupakorn also praises the addition of the tone knob, which unlocks more tonal options to players.

“Several years ago, I pondered buying a San Dimas, but held off because it didn’t have a tone knob. This edition of the San Dimas finally features that missing knob. But in order to please old-school San Dimas users, the tone knob has a very effective and useful no-load option, which removes the capacitor from the circuit entirely at maximum levels.”

Read the full review, and hear a demo of the Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR here.

Watch New Rock Bottom Bros. Video with Charvel Artist Jordan Ziff

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Live From the Nest, a YouTube channel dedicated to local Phoenix artists grooving to

Charvel artist Jordan Ziff recently joined Rock Bottom Bros. (a music/social media project based in Phoenix featuring Paul Anthony and Mike Hill) for a new video for a song called “Maurice and Verdine.” Watch below as the trio grooves along to this ode to the legendary Earth, Wind and Fire brothers.

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 …

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