Mike Orlando was one of the artists on hand over the weekend to honor guitar royalty at the “Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration of a Guitar Legend” concert at the Observatory in Santa Ana, Calif.
The Adrenaline Mob axeman had an important job, too, as he lent his prodigious talents to a version of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Diary of a Madman” in which he had to play both acoustic and electric.
Joined by bassist Phil Soussan, drummer Brian Tichy and vocalist/bassist Michael Devin, Orlando performed the classical intro to the song before unleashing the fury with his Charvel Desolation series guitar.
Watch some fan-shot footage of Orlando after the jump. (more…)
Want to get a taste of many of the new axes on display at the Charvel Showcase at the 2015 NAMM Show?
Take a look at some killer guitars for the coming year, like new Warren DeMartini Pro-Mods and Specific Ocean and Slime Green San Dimas and So-Cal models, in the clip below and click here for all 2015 offerings.
With their new album and DVD combo, Culture Clash Live, coming out this week, the Aristocrats have released a video of guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann performing the title track.
Watch the “Culture Clash” after the jump and pick up Culture Clash Live here. (more…)
All That Remains has an album titled The Order of Things set to drop on Feb. 24, but fans don’t have to wait too long for a taste of the new music.
The Massachusetts-based band officially dropped the record’s first single, a heavy-hitter called “This Probably Won’t End Well” that they will likely be incorporating into their live sets during their upcoming tour.
Stream “This Probably Won’t End Well” after the jump. (more…)
With a new album called Mind Games coming out Jan. 13, New Jersey post-hardcore band Palisades recently released a video for the sophomore effort’s title track.
Palisades teamed up with Philadelphia rapper Champs on the track, which adds a hip-hop feel to the music. Check out the video after the jump. (more…)
NeoGeoFanatic’s latest demo is certainly a doozy, as the prolific French guitarist pits the Charvel Super Stock So-Cal in Silver Sparkle and the Super Stock SD1 FR in Sunset Orange Flake against one another in a solo battle.
Watch after the jump as he puts each one through the paces, going back and forth with scorching licks. (more…)
Matt’s Music Center in Weymouth, Mass., has been waiting for about two-and-a-half years for their Charvel Custom Shop San Dimas models in a striking Red Flame finish, but they attest that the anticipation was worth it.
With only five models made, the Red Flame San Dimas axes are quite limited. Luckily, Chris Bryant of Matt’s Music recently pulled one of them out for a quick demo.
Check out what these guitars can do after the jump. (more…)
Chris Bryant of Matt’s Music Center in Weymouth, Mass., recently tested out the new Charvel Guthrie Govan model.
For the demo, Bryant used the flame maple version of the guitar, although it is also available in bird’s–eye maple. Check it out after the jump. (more…)
Blues master Joe Bonamassa certainly knows how to pass the time when he’s hanging out before a live show. During a recent stop in Greenville, S.C., in support of his new album, Different Shades of Blue, Bonamassa pulled out a vintage Charvel guitar that was inspired by the striped instruments Eddie Van Halen made famous, posting an impromptu jam on his Facebook wall.
“Here is some a backstage partying with an original 1978 Charvel black-and-yellow stripe guitar just like Mr Van Halen’s,” Bonamassa wrote in the video’s description. “No red M&Ms, no dancing girls, just a bunch of Diet Cokes and reverb.”
Watch Bonamassa in action after the jump. (more…)
Paul Riario of Guitar World recently ran through one of the Charvel Jake E Lee signature model guitars and noted that it was one of his favorite new releases of 2014.
The axe is based on the distinctive white “Charvel-ized” instrument the former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist has played ever since he bought it new back in 1975.
“If you’ve been a fan of Jake E Lee, then this part guitar is a no-brainer,” said Riario. “But if you just like a no-nonsense guitar that is performance enhanced, this is the model to check out. It’s certainly one of my faves.”
Check out the demo after the jump. (more…)