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Rise of the Northstar Recording New Album with Gojira’s Joe Duplantier

Posted on December 7th, 2017 by Ryan Chadwick

French rockers Rise of the Northstar have announced that they are currently underway recording the follow-up to their debut record Welcame. For the new effort, the crew even flew to Silver Cord Studio in New York to work with fellow Frenchman and Charvel signature artist Joe Duplantier from Gojira.

Everyone involved sounds fired up with the collaboration.

“If touring in Japan was always our goal, making an album in New York, one of the most influential cities in the world, with Joe Duplantier producing, is one big challenge,” said Rise of the Northstar. “We’re here to enhance our blend of metal and rap and to take it to the next level.”

Duplantier also shared his thoughts on working with the up-and-coming thrashers.

“I’m excited to contribute to this album — Rise of the Northstar is badass,” Duplantier said. “Their approach of music is so direct, and they drive their career the same way. Definitely a great experience for me.”

Stay connected with what ROTN is doing by following them on Facebook HERE.

Angel Vivaldi Tears Through His Guest Solo in New Scale the Summit Video

Posted on November 28th, 2017 by Ryan Chadwick

Charvel artist Angel Vivaldi is featured in the latest video from progressive metal band Scale the Summit. The talented guitarist takes his Charvel Limited Edition Super Stock DK24 guitar to the next level as he tears into a new dimension during a guest solo on “Witch House”.

Vivaldi is currently on tour with Scale the Summit through the end of December. If you want to catch the Guitar Collective 2017 tour, CLICK HERE for the remaining tour dates.

Watch the full “Witch House” video by clicking play below.

Guthrie Govan’s Signature Charvel Wins ‘Guitarist’ Gear of the Year Award

Posted on November 15th, 2017 by Ryan Chadwick

In its December issue, U.K.’s Guitarist magazine pretty much confirmed what we already knew about the Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash model — it’s the pinnacle of the electric luthier’s art.  When it came to designing his signature axe, Govan set stringent standards, resulting in an instrument that just notched the magazine’s 2017 “Prestige Electrics” Gear of the Year award.

Guitarist magazine was massively impressed by the complete package offered with the Charvel signature guitar, writing, “the key is Guthrie Govan and in collusion with Charvel, he has produced a guitar that’s ridiculously dialed in and designed for his high-level pro use as a touring musician.”

This isn’t the first time that Guitarist has raved over the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH.

“Guthrie Govan’s vision for an all round workhouse that’ll stand up to the rigors of professional touring is superbly realized in this signature,” gushed reviewer Dave Burlluck in Guitarist’s October issue. “Every detail is wonderfully considered: the over-sized strap buttons, the Strat-like dished output jack placement, the hugely intuitive drive, that secret ‘single coil’ switch, the impressive tuning stability (and startling range) of the vibrato, not to mention the wood choice, graphite reinforced neck and a really unposh working player’s vibe. Is there anything Guthrie hasn’t considered?”

Get your copy of Guitarist HERE to check out the full feature.

Watch Dhani Harrison Perform on ‘Kimmel’

Posted on October 11th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Dhani Harrison released his debut solo studio album In Parallel just a few days ago, and has since begun his promotional efforts with a television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

A darkly lit stage added to Harrison’s hypnotic and psychedelic soundscape, as he and his backing band showcased a pair of new tracks from the album including a blistering performance of lead single “All About Waiting” and the more ethereal, synth-heavy “Summertime Police.”

Harrison also paid tribute to Tom Petty, taping the initials TP as well as the outline of a broken heart on the body of his Charvel So-Cal.

Watch the clip below of “All About Waiting,” and purchase In Parallel here.

Angel Vivaldi Brings the Dance Party in his Latest Video

Posted on October 4th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

We already knew Angel Vivaldi had mad shred skills but in his new video for “Serotonin” off upcoming album Synapse, the New Jersey guitarist also shows off some smoking dance moves.

The song features a guest solo from Alice Cooper guitarist and We Start Wars founder Nita Strauss, and Strauss appears in the video also, throwing down on the guitar with Vivaldi in dance battle fashion.

Vivaldi conceptualized and designed the well-choreographed shoot, and you can enjoy it below …

Guthrie Govan’s Charvel Signature Models Earn Rave Marks

Posted on September 25th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

In its October issue, UK’s Guitarist magazine takes an in-depth look at Guthrie Govan’s newest Charvel signature models  — the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash and the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Flame Maple.

Both models earned a rave review, with the magazine concluding that these bolt-on instruments are “up there with the finest” they’d ever played, and more like a high-performance rifle than a guitar.

The article takes an in-depth look at all the features of these “uber axes,” noting its many subtle and well-thought out details.

“The bridge, initially, looks like an early Floyd Rose (without fine tuners) but is a USA-made Charvel design that centers around a thick brass inertia block, steel top plate and large saddles into which the strings are locked via those long Allen key bolts; once intonation is set each saddle is firmly locked in place,” writes reviewer Dave Burlluck. “It’s back routed too and the whole unit is recessed into the body so the top of the bridge plate is flush with the top of the body. A Tremol-No is fitted so you can prevent upbend, lock it in place as a fixed bridge or, as supplied, just use it as a free floating vibrato with a huge range from floppy to an upbend of approximately a fourth on the G string (it’ll go a bit higher but we stopped there).

“Guthrie Govan’s vision for an all round workhouse that’ll stand up to the rigors of professional touring is superbly realized in this signature. Every detail is wonderfully considered: the over-sized strap buttons, the Strat-like dished output jack placement, the hugely intuitive drive, that secret ‘single coil’ switch, the impressive tuning stability (and startling range) of the vibrato, not to mention the wood choice, graphite reinforced neck and a really unposh working player’s vibe. Is there anything Guthrie hasn’t considered?”

In summary, Guitarist proclaims Guthrie’s signature models as astonishing guitars and a player’s tools of of the highest caliber.

Purchase Guitarist here to read the full review.

See the New Stone Sour Video for ‘Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)’

Posted on September 14th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

In case you ever wondered what the members of Stone Sour would look like in drag, you’re about to get your answer.

In the new music video for Hydrograd track “Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I),” the band heads to a seedy strip joint called Cheetahs. Right away, glam metal band Steel Panthers add to the Hollywood Sunset Strip vibe with a cameo appearance as waiters and bartenders.

As the clip progresses, we see shots of Stone Sour performing onstage — both as rockstars and pole dancers.

Check it out below …

Angel Vivaldi and Andy James Release New Video for ‘Wave of Synergy’

Posted on August 28th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Angel Vivaldi and Andy James, who are about to head to Europe for the “Wave of Synergy” tour, have shared a new music video for the track of the same name.

Watch the two exchange guitar wizardry in the video below. Interested in seeing them live? Click here for VIP Masterclass Tickets and here for General Admission Tickets.

Angel Vivaldi Drops New Video for ‘Dopamine’ Featuring Oli Herbert

Posted on August 18th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck

Angel Vivaldi has unveiled the music video for his single “Dopamine,” and it features the New Jersey guitar virtuoso whipping up an instrumental storm with his new Charvel Custom Shop 7-string.

The song also features a killer solo by another guitar maestro as Oli Herbert of All That Remains makes a guest appearance.

The track will appear on Vivaldi’s upcoming album Synapse, due out Oct. 6, and you can get it plus an additional single by placing your pre-order here.

Total Guitar Calls the Joe Duplantier Pro-Mod ‘One of the Most Exciting Mid-Priced Electrics of the Year’

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by Morgan Brunner

In the July issue of UK’s Total Guitar magazine, editor Jonathan Horsley reviewed the Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH.

Duplantier has described his original signature model as a “killing machine with class,” and the new, moderately priced addition incorporates similar elements.  Featuring a single-cutaway mahogany body stacked with a set of super-hot custom-wound Duncan Designed HB-103 humbucking pickups, the new Pro-Mod version is primed for battle.

“Duplantier’s tone balances low-end power with a harmonic brilliance, typified by his trademark pick scrapes and natural harmonics, and those sorts of metal pyrotechnics are mother’s milk to his Signature Model,” wrote Horsley. “Played clean the Pro-Mod is persuasive with lots of gutsy Americana twang from the bridge pickup, with warmer woodier cream in the neck – perfect for creepy intros or blues, while cranking up the gain sees the Duplantier in its element.”

His final verdict?

“Its wholly shreddable playability and monstrous tone make it one of the most exciting mid-priced electrics of the year,” concludes Horsley.

Purchase the latest issue of Total Guitar here to get more terrific product reviews!

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