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Charvel Showcase Gets Rolling at NAMM 2014

Posted on January 24th, 2014 by MDuffy

When walking by the Charvel Showcase at the 2014 NAMM Show, it’s almost impossible to not stop and look at the eye-popping guitars that are on display from the Custom Shop.

Or the electric new Transparent Purple Burst and Transparent Marigold guitars in Charvel’s Desolation series.  Or the artist signature models for Guthrie Govan, Jake E Lee and Gojira’s Joe Duplantier.

Lee, in fact, made an appearance to check out his axes and talk about his new band Red Dragon Cartel, while Warren DeMartini and Dave Nassie were also spotted.

Go inside the Charvel Showcase in the video after the jump and click here to see more photos from NAMM. (more…)

Falling in Reverse Kick Off Tour in Los Angeles

Posted on January 17th, 2014 by MDuffy


Falling in Reverse decided to call their current run of shows with Escape the Fate the “Bury the Hatchet Tour,” and Wednesday night’s kickoff at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre certainly embodied that sentiment.

Not only did both bands deliver killer sets, but FIR frontman Ronnie Radke closed out the evening by performing two songs with Escape the Fate, marking the first time he’d shared the stage with his former group in over six years.

That joyous moment was met with wild cheers, as Radke and the guys from Escape the Fate tore through “Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliché” and “Situations” before the lights popped on inside the historic venue.

Before that, however, Radke and Falling in Reverse nearly blew the roof off the Wiltern.

An enthusiastic crowd chattered in anticipation while the crew set up Falling in Reverse’s gear, a din that only increased as a black curtain was slowly lowered to obscure the band’s entrance.  Once it rose, a pair of white risers flanked drummer Ryan Seaman, whose kit sat atop a video screen that displayed graphics and song titles throughout the concert. (more…)

Chasing Safety Release New Video for ‘We Believe’

Posted on January 16th, 2014 by MDuffy


Chasing Safety has a new EP called The Machine coming out Jan. 28, but the band formerly known as Us, From Outside has already released a music video for the track “We Believe.”

Filmed by Carlo Oppermann, the clip splices shots of the band performing the song in a woodsy setting with a wanderer searching for something elusive.  All the while, quick cuts to a kaleidoscopic lens distorts the look of the video.

Click here to watch the video over on Alternative Press and visit Chasing Safety’s official Facebook page for more information.

Red Dragon Cartel and the Aristocrats to Play NAMM Jam 2014

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by MDuffy


This year’s NAMM Jam at the annual NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., is set to be yet another blockbuster event, as the legendary Jake E Lee will headline the concert with his new project Red Dragon Cartel.

In addition, international guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan and his band the Aristocrats are set to perform, as will progressive metallers Periphery.

Now in its fifth year, NAMM Jam 2014  is an invitation-only event that will be held at the Grove of Anaheim on Friday, Jan. 24.  Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7 p.m.  NAMM Show attendees who would like an opportunity to attend should visit the Charvel Showcase in Ballroom E on the third floor of the Anaheim Convention Center or Rock-N-Roll Gang Star in booth No. 4196.

Skarlett Riot Drop New Video for ‘Rock N Roll Queen’

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by MDuffy

U.K. rockers Skarlett Riot recently released a music video for the track “Rock N Roll Queen,” which comes off their debut full-length album Tear Me Down.

The clip was shot last summer at Sound Control in Manchester and features the quartet whipping the crowd into a frenzy as they run through their new single.

Check out the video below and visit Skarlett Riot’s official website for more information.

Adrenaline Mob Release New Lyric Video

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by MDuffy


Adrenaline Mob’s latest album Men of Honor is set to drop on Feb. 18, and the supergroup recently premiered a lyric video for one of their new tracks.

“Come On Get Up” is led by a thumping groove and heavy guitar riffs.  In addition, guitarist Mike Orlando handles some of the vocal duties, trading lines with singer Russell Allen.

Check out the lyric video after the jump and visit Adrenaline Mob’s official Facebook page for more information.  (more…)

Jake E Lee Rocks the Whisky With Red Dragon Cartel

Posted on December 13th, 2013 by MDuffy

Many years ago, the legendary Jake E Lee quietly rode off into the sunset after an amazing career with Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands, preferring to live a life out of the spotlight.

Now, with a new band – Red Dragon Cartel – and a new white Charvel signature guitar, Lee is back. Twenty years was certainly a long time to wait, but perhaps that’s what made Thursday night’s debut concert at Whisky A Go Go so special.

Fans packed the Hollywood landmark eager to see the wild-haired guitarist do his thing, with the crowd growing after each opening act completed their brief sets.

By the time the clock struck 11, Eddie Trunk, the influential hard rock and heavy metal radio personality (and host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show), walked out on stage to introduce Lee. Trunk told the story of how he worked for years to not only seek out Lee, but also book him on That Metal Show, first as guest guitarist, and finally as a member of the rock-talk roundtable.

Eventually, around 11:30 p.m., it was time. Descending the Whisky’s stairs from the dressing room to wild applause, Lee unbound the topknot in his long hair, acknowledged the audience with an appreciative grin and picked up his trademark weapon. (more…)

Red Dragon Cartel Release New Tracks Ahead of Album Release

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by MDuffy


Jake E Lee’s new band Red Dragon Cartel is set to release its self-titled debut album on Jan. 28, but they’re giving fans a taste of the new music with a lyric video for the track “Feeder.”

In addition to his current bandmates, the former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist teamed up Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander to sing on “Feeder,” and the album also boasts guests like former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, ex-Pantera bassist Rex Brown and In This Moment frontwoman Maria Brink.

If fans pre-order the record via iTunes or Amazon, they will also receive an instant download of a second new track called “Deceived.”

In the meantime, check out the clip for “Feeder” after the jump and visit Red Dragon Cartel’s official Facebook page for upcoming tour dates. (more…)

Take a Lesson in Thrash Metal Guitar With Dave Nassie

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by MDuffy


Guitarist Dave Nassie was recently featured in another lesson from Next Level Guitar, in which he explored fast picking rhythm techniques inspired by Testament.

Watch Nassie in action below and click here for more tutorials.

Watch De La Tierra’s Brutal New Video for ‘Maldita Historia’

Posted on December 4th, 2013 by MDuffy


When Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser previously talked to Charvel.com about his new band De La Tierra, he said the music would be heavy.

De La Tierra’s initial music video from their upcoming self-titled debut album proves Kisser to be correct.

In the clip for “Maldita Historia,” the band – which also consists of Andrés Giménez, former leader of A.N.I.M.A.L., Sr. Flavio, bassist of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and Alex González, drummer of Manà
- performs in a dingy basement with strobe lights and quick cuts adding to the insanity of the hard-hitting song.

Check out the video below and visit De La Tierra’s official website for more information.

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