Total Guitar magazine reviewed the full lineup of the new Charvel Pro-Mod guitars in its August issue, honoring each of the three new models—So-Cal Style 1 HH FR, San Dimas Style 1 HH FR and San Dimas HH HT—with a “Total Guitar Best Buy” award.
The five-page spread includes a spotlight on Charvel’s history, a highlight of the models and a side-by-side quick glance spec comparison. The breakdown also includes a stellar rating of each instrument for features, sound quality, value for money, build quality and playability. The So-Cal Style 1 HH FR and San Dimas Style 1 HH FR scored a perfect five-star rating across all categories, while the San Dimas HH HT earned five stars in all categories, save for features and value for money, which received four stars.
So with those excellent ratings, here’s the mag’s final verdict:
“Some guitars choose their new owners, and retro metal guitars such as the Charvel Pro-Mods will appeal to a particular type of player. If you need us to spell it out, we’re talking shredders, metalheads and the hair-metal throwbacks. To us, the wide tonal range, flawless playability and choice of tasteful or retina-melting finishes take us back to a fun era to be a guitarist. It was a time of innovation, and Charvel was at the forefront of that. There are countless rock machines out there these days, but few are better than these well-priced Pro-Mods. They are, as Bill and Ted might say, most triumphant…”
Joe Duplantier and his band Gojira recently teamed up with Arte.TV for an epic 70-minute video of their private concert held at Studio 500.
The artfully crafted video captures the band and their fans in a movie-quality production full of clever angles that puts the viewer on stage with the band and in the moshing crowd. The fast-paced clips intensify the emotion and with so many up-close shots, it manages to make you feel like you are truly experiencing the performance in person.
During the set, Gojira played three new songs off brand new album Magma, including “Stranded,” “Silvera” and “Only Pain.”
Taps Straight Into Original-Era Charvel DNA for High-Performance Players
During this week’s 2016 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn., Charvel is unveiling its new flagship USA Select series with the San Dimas® Style 1 HSS FR, San Dimas Style 1 HSS HT, So-Cal Style 1 HSS FR and San Dimas Style 2 HH FR models.
Each gorgeous guitar taps straight into original-era Charvel DNA for a sleek, ferocious model with “old-school throwback” specs our high-performance players have been clamoring for, including ’80s-style body perimeters, finely shaped neck profiles, fast compound radius fingerboards with rolled edges, non-recessed Floyd Rose® bridges, and more.
Available in August, the new USA Select models will be offered in Pitch Black, Satin Plum, Snow Blind Satin and Torred.
Stay tuned to charvel.com for more product details.
Massachusetts-based metallers All That Remains have returned to a studio in Woodland Hills, Calif., to record their follow-up to 2015’s The Order of Things. Frontman Phil Labonte recently invited fans into the recording space via a live stream with an update on their progress.
Labonte’s video was a casual introduction to what appears will be the first of many. The band plans to keep fans in the loop on a weekly basis, and will post behind-the-scenes videos of their sessions to YouTube once recording wraps.
Watch Labonte’s clip below, and be on the lookout for more streaming sessions from the guys soon ..
Gojira took the stage at the Rock in Vienna festival in Austria last week, performing new songs “Silvera” and “Stranded” off upcoming June 17 album Magma.
A fan caught excellent footage of the electrifying performance and the enthusiastic crowd chanting along to the beginning of “Stranded.” There’s an energy that can be felt between the audience and the band, fueled by Joe Duplantier’s growling vocals and monstrous guitar riffs.
Gojira is on tour in Europe and North America through October. Dates here.
Phil Sgrosso is no stranger to the metal scene, having earned a solid reputation as former rhythm guitarist for As I Lay Dying and Wovenwork. Now, the musician is venturing into new hardcore territory with new band Poison Headache.
Seven years in the making, Sgrosso leads the powerhouse trio also comprised by guitarist Andrew Kukta and drummer Kyle Rosa.
“We were just jamming for fun and being kids again,” Sgrosso tells Decibel magazine of how the band came together. “That excitement of making noise. And I was kind of getting the itch to get it done and finished.”
The band’s newly released eponymous album features ten monstrous tracks filled with violent riffs and a storm of pure thrashing hardcore chaos.
“I’ve always been a fan of many subgenres of heavy music,” Sgrosso explains to Decibel. “The bond that we have is more this style—mean and aggressive. Andy is a really strong riff writer, and when we’re in the mindset of this band we really immerse ourselves in this sound and it’s more just attitude.”
Experience some of that attitude with the single “Sin Eater” below.
Legendary film composer Hans Zimmer recruited guitarists Mike Einziger, Guthrie Govan and Johnny Marr to join his choir and orchestra for his Hans Zimmer Live tour, which is currently making its way across Europe.
In the clip below, the three phenom guitarists talk about what it means to join Zimmer’s tour.
French progressive metal act Gojira have returned to the metal scene with a vengeance, delivering a stunning new video for second single “Silvera” off upcoming June 17 album Magma.
Directed by Drew Cox, live footage of the band feverishly performing on a rooftop is mixed with surreal and odd scenes including a woman dancing—first while sheathed in a stretchy white fabric and later in a cloud of white powder, another woman shedding black tar tears, a boy with a crown of thorns and a sky filled with bodies streaking upwards.
It’s a clip that, similar to the video for “Stranded,” leaves viewers searching for its hidden meaning.
Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, Sonic Stomp & Noturnall Band recently announced on his Facebook page that he will return to Brazil for a series of tour dates with Noturnall and a handful of Sonic Stomp clinics in between live shows.
A couple of the clinics will be filmed for a Sonic Stomp DVD that will also include material from the Sonic Stomp shows in the Axes Cruise, previous clinics and more.
View Brazilian dates and Sonic Stomp appearances here.
And to fire up his fans, Orlando accompanied the announcement with an explosive shred session. Check it out below.