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Charvel Q&A: Andy Williams of Every Time I Die

Posted on November 26th, 2013 by MDuffy


Currently on tour with Letlive and Code Orange Kids, Andy Williams of Every Time I Die has been hard at work igniting sold-out crowds with his searing fretwork.

The Buffalo, N.Y., native has been doing it for a long time, too.  Founding the metalcore band in 1998, Williams marvels at the fact that Every Time I Die continues to chug along 16 years later.

Charvel.com recently caught up with Williams to chat about the guitar he’s taking on the road with him and the secret to keeping a band together.

Charvel.com: What drew you to Charvel guitars originally?

Williams: I’m not really into guitars with a Floyd Rose on it, but I noticd that Joe [Duplantier] of Gojira has a stop tail piece on his.  I thought, “Holy shit, they have stop tails, hard tails.  This is going to work.”  I’m a guy that has always loved Strats, and so what I ended up using is one of the super Strats, the Pro Mod San Dimas with a hard tail.  It’s what I’ll bring out with me on the road.

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Lazersnake’s Cody Forsythe Demos a Desolation DS-1 ST

Posted on November 5th, 2013 by MDuffy


Guitarist Cody Forsythe of the Tennessee-based rock band Lazersnake recently got his hands on a Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST, and as he explained in the video below, the guitar is a fit for him.

“It’s pretty much personified the sound of our record, and is one of the best-playing, best-sounding guitars I’ve ever played,” he said.

See what Forsythe had to say in this clip and visit Lazersnake’s official Facebook page for more information about their upcoming album Visual Eyes.

Gojira Drop New Video, New Split EP With Kvelertak

Posted on October 23rd, 2013 by MDuffy

Gojira has released a new video for the track “The Gift of Guilt” from their 2012 album L’Enfant Sauvage, and while the live footage might not be as amazing as seeing the French metallers in person, it certainly captures the heaviness of their show.

In addition, Gojira has a new split EP out with Roadrunner Records labelmates Kvelertak that is available for free.  Each band contributed three songs to the EP, including Gojira’s “The Gift of Guilt.”

Check out the video here, via MetalSucks.net, and stream or download the EP here.

Watch a Full Set From Denver Thrashers Havok

Posted on August 29th, 2013 by MDuffy

Havok Saint Vitus Bar
Denver thrash band Havok released the heavy Unnatural Selection in late June of 2013, and since then, the guys have been touring had to support it.

From Mexico to Canada and many places in between, Havok will hit the West Coast for a string of shows over the next few weeks before wrapping their tour on Sept. 14 in their hometown.

For those that can’t make it out to see Havok live, video of their entire performance at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, N.Y., has surfaced online.

Check it out below and visit Havok’s official Facebook page for more information.

Charvel Joins Forces With Guthrie Govan

Posted on July 18th, 2013 by MDuffy


Charvel is proud to welcome U.K. guitarist Guthrie Govan to the family. A highly-respected and in-demand virtuoso guitarist, Govan travels the world as both a performer and clinician. Govan is currently splitting time between his rock/fusion trio, The Aristocrats, and touring the world with Steven Wilson’s band, promoting Wilson’s Alan Parsons-produced album, The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories).

Govan made a name for himself in 1993, winning Guitarist Magazine’s “Guitarist of the Year” competition: he subsequently worked as a regular transcriber for U.K. magazine Guitar Techniques. He has since appeared with Asia, GPS, Dizzee Rascal and The Young Punx. His diverse playing style ranges from classic shred to jazz-fusion to blues-rock, all of which are clearly evident on his solo album Erotic Cakes and throughout his numerous other musical projects.

“These guitars sound great, and the necks are just ridiculous,” said Govan. “The good people at Charvel are encouragingly keen to hear all my feedback about their instruments. Whenever I share an idea with them, it feels like they’re really listening – so I’m very excited to be working with these guys and I look forward to seeing what we can do together in the future.”

“Guthrie Govan is one of the best performers playing today, and we’re proud to welcome him to the Charvel ‘family,’” said Michael McGregor, product manager for Charvel Guitars. “He is currently road-testing a few Charvel models, and we are in the research and development phase of some possible future Charvel guitars.”

Visit the Aristocrats’ official website to check out their recently-released album Culture Clash and a list of upcoming tour dates.

Watch Jake E Lee Perform on That Metal Show

Posted on July 15th, 2013 by MDuffy

A few weeks ago, Jake E Lee sat down with the guys of That Metal Show to talk about his new project Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel and his storied history with Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands.

The guitarist recently returned, but this time, he got a chance to showcase his legendary chops.

As the featured guitarist, Lee played the program in and out of commercial breaks with a few searing riffs.

Check out Lee in action below.

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