On occasions when he’s not playing with progressive rock pioneers Asia, guitarist Sam Coulson jams with a group called Danger Zone.
And during a recent gig at Morgan’s Pub in Calgary, Alberta, Coulson attached a GoPro camera to the end of his Charvel So-Cal to give fans an up-close-and-personal look at his expert fretwork.
Danger Zone covered rock classics like Journey’s “Separate Ways,” Dio’s “Holy Diver” and Europe’s “Final Countdown,” not to mention “Eruption” from Van Halen.
After the jump, watch Coulson rip through some killer solos from an excellent vantage point – the end of his headstock! (more…)
The Aristocrats have a new album called Tres Caballeros scheduled to drop on June 23, and for those that just can’t wait to sample the new music, the trio has released a teaser trailer that covers the entire record.
Recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, Tres Caballeros is the Aristocrats’ third full-length and represents another step in their layered fusion stylings.
“We’ve learned a lot since we started this band—four years, three studio albums, two live DVDs and about a billion notes ago—and I think our latest offering reflects this in all kinds of ways,” guitarist Guthrie Govan told Guitar World.
“The decision to road-test our new material in front of a live audience before commencing the recording process; the choice to record in a studio that had some thoroughly inspiring rock and roll ‘mojo;’ our sudden urge to become more bold and experimental with overdubs rather than feeling any pressure to record exclusively in a strict ‘trio’ format … all of this has had some kind of positive effect on the way the new record came out.
“Plus, I think the material on this album is some of the most interesting stuff we’ve ever written for each other, so … here’s hoping our noble listeners will like the finished product as much as we do!”
Check out the trailer after the jump. (more…)
With a new album having come out on April 21 in North America called Venom, Impellitteri recently dropped a video for the track “We Own the Night.”
In it, guitar virtuoso Chris Impellitteri unleashes a blistering riff while singer Rob Rock’s vocals are as powerful as ever. Directed by John Logsdon, the clip was filmed at Mates rehearsal space in North Hollywood, Calif.
Venom is Impellitteri’s ninth studio album and follows 2009′s Wicked Maiden.
Get a taste of the new music in the video for “We Own the Night” after the jump. (more…)
Guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann are coming back soon with the Aristocrats’ third studio album, Tres Caballeros, which is due out June 23.
The effort will not only be released as a standard CD, but the band is also readying a deluxe CD/DVD that will include a 30-minute documentary featuring live and in-studio footage, outtakes and interviews.
For a taste of the music, preview the DVD after the jump and click here to pre-order your copy of Tres Caballeros.
Test out some of the latest Charvel gear at Crazy Dave’s Music Experience at Rock On The Range!
This free interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. And keep your eyes peeled for artists making their way through the event!
Legal Tender and Diamond Lane guitarist Frankie Lindia recently posted a sick video where he pulls out not only a Charvel So-Cal, but also a San Dimas for an impromptu jam.
Watch Lindia in action after the jump and click here to keep up with him on Twitter. (more…)
On April 25-26, Charvel will be at the Welcome to Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, Fla., as part of Crazy Dave’s Music Experience, celebrating some of the best and brightest musicians in hard rock and metal.
This free interactive exhibit features the guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards and electronic equipment that artists around the world use, giving fans the opportunity to get a closer look and feel of the gear. And several artists will stop by to sign autographs, including Charvel’s own Mike Martin from All That Remains, who will be available on Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m.
Click here to RSVP for Saturday and here for Sunday. For more information about Welcome to Rockville, visit the concert’s official Facebook page.
Paul Riario of Guitar World recently pulled out a Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH to demo the Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive pedal.
“The variety of overdrive and distortion pedals on the market these days is truly staggering,” Riario noted. “The vast majority is basically good at one or two applications, such as clean boost, blues overdrive, hard rock rhythm crunch, or metal distortion, but pedals that can do all of this (and do it very well) are very rare indeed.”
How did the pedal fare? And how did that So-Cal sound when run through it? Find out in the video after the jump.
The folks at Pittsburgh’s N Stuff Music recently got their hands on a Govan Signature model and ran through some of the incredible tones the guitar achieves.
N Stuff’s featured model boasts a San Dimas body and a flame maple top, in addition to many other high-performance appointments at Govan’s exact specifications.
Check out the demo after the jump.