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CKY Returns with First New Song in 8 Years

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Pennsylvania-based rock band CKY are making a return to music this summer with The Phoenix—their first album of all new material since 2009′s Carver City. Although not due out until June 16, their diehard fanbase can get a feel for what’s in store with the release of new single “Days of Self Destruction,” and its accompanying music video.

Guitarist and vocalist Chad I Ginsburg (Cig) has since stepped up as the frontman of the trio, which also features CKY co-founder and drummer Jess Margera and bassist Matt Deis (ex-All That Remains).

“It’s where things could have ended up,” Ginsburg told AP, referring to the averted demise of the band. “I definitely was writing a lot of this record from that place. Like a phoenix, it burns itself alive and is reborn from its own ashes. ‘Days Of Self Destruction’ is basically about the dangers of not learning from your mistakes.”

The new single also features a guest spot from Mastodon’s Brent Hinds.

“He rules,” Ginsburg said of Hinds. “He just shreds like crazy.”

The video gets off to a quirky start with a colorful parrot announcing the band before seeing behind the scenes footage of  the band rehearsing and recording the album at David Catching’s Rancho De La Luna recording studion in Joshua Tree, California.

Check out the clip below featuring Cig on his modded Pro-Mod So-Cal.

Stone Sour Returns with New Video “Fabuless”

Posted on May 1st, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

The wait is finally over! Stone Sour have returned with a new music video for “Fabuless,” the first single off upcoming album Hydrograd.

Directed by Paul Brown, the video begins with the band preparing to hit the stage and then segues into a live performance as the song kicks into overdrive. The camera focuses in on each band member, zeroing in on gear that includes a nice shot of Christian Martucci’s Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas Style 1 in Satin Plum, featuring a single humbucking pickup and vintage-style tremolo. As the video continues, the crowd is revealed to include inflatable sky dancers that eventually trade places with the Stone Sour crew.

In addition to the new video, lead singer Corey Taylor recently told BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show more about the album’s direction.

“This album is great because it’s got elements of everything,” he said. “It’s got the heavy energy of the ’80s, there’s punk moments, there’s hard rock moments, all the great amalgam of music. There’s even jazz and hip-hop moments. It’s really, really cool. It’s probably the coolest album I’ve made since the first Slipknot album, let’s put it that way. It’s dope, dude. And, hey, I feel very confident making that statement, because it’s so good.”

Stay tuned for more details as Hydrograd’s June 30 release date draws near, and check out the band’s summer tour dates supporting Korn here.

Watch “Fabuless” now below …

 

Miss May I Debut Video for New Single ‘Lost in the Grey’

Posted on April 27th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Ohio’s metalcore band Miss May I went all out for an extreme video for new single “Lost in the Grey,” which will appear on the band’s upcoming album Shadows Inside, due out June 2.

“The shoot involved an entire forest landscape set, live action volatile weather elements and rodents in mouths,” shared singer Levi Benton with Loud Wire. “We have never had a video like this before. The vibe for the song is really captured well and sets a great image not only for the song, but the record as a whole. Shadows Inside is the most honest record we have ever created and a big part of that was just having the freedom and time to put everything we had into it.”

Benton also explained why “Lost in the Grey” was the perfect choice for the lead single.

“This is a great first track to release to the mass as it represents the effort it takes to get out of the complacent and stale life people live,” he said. “The song is about finding that hope and drive to push you to a new and better life. The lion has always represented hope and ambition and now with this video it’s physical and represented as a mask that one needs to show them there is a better life for everyone, if you push for it.”

Shadows Inside can  be pre-ordered here, and look for Miss May I hitting the road in support of the album beginning in May.

Check out the video below, featuring guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe on his custom Charvel axe.

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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Andertons TV Get a Neon Guitar Workout with Charvel Pro-Mods

Posted on April 18th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Rabea Massaad and Pete Honore over at Andertons Music got a workout in with Charvel’s Pro-Mod guitars in a new video gear segment.

After a really peaceful and nice opening jam session that the guys referenced as #thingsthatyoudontthinkispossibletoplayonneonyellowguitars, the guys delve into the versatility (well beyond “80s hair metal”), craftmanship, features, unique colors and reasonable price point of these Charvel Pro-Mod Style 1 San Dimas and So-Cal instruments.

And of course, the segment would not be complete without a bit of shreddage, too.

Check it all out below!

Iced Earth Unveils New Album Details Incorruptible

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner


Iced Earth has revealed new details about upcoming album Incorruptible, due out June 16, including a heads up that its first two singles “Seven Headed Whore” and “Raven Wing” will drop at the end of April.

The 10-track album will be available in a variety of formats, including special limited edition vinyl in several colors and a 36-page artbook version with album sketches and comments about each song from guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer.

During a recent interview with Metal Wani, Schaffer shared the writing direction behind Incorruptible.

“There is no concept on this record; it’s just ten individual tracks not related to each other,” he said “We have one called ‘Clear The Way’, which is about the Irish Brigade at the Battle Of Fredericksburg — very tragic, actually — but that’s a big epic (song), like ten minutes; and then we have one called ‘Black Flag’, which is a pirate song. It’s quite a… I think I pulled it off pretty well with the lyrics, to be able to tell such a big story in a very short amount of time. I think it’s gonna be a highlight of the record.”

The band also unveiled the album’s cover artwork, which was created by David Newman-Stump of Skeleton Crew Tattoo and Roy Young.

Stay tuned for more details on Incorruptible as the date draws closer. In the meantime, enjoy fan-filmed footage of Iced Earth’s performance at a show in the Netherlands featuring unreleased track “Great Heathen Army,” with guitarist Jake Dreyer on his Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature Model.

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.

The Charvel Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH Model

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Get a quick look, listen and spec rundown for the NEW Charvel Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH Product as the Gojira singer and guitarist jams on the axe.

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!

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