Currently on tour with Letlive and Code Orange Kids, Andy Williams of Every Time I Die has been hard at work igniting sold-out crowds with his searing fretwork.
The Buffalo, N.Y., native has been doing it for a long time, too. Founding the metalcore band in 1998, Williams marvels at the fact that Every Time I Die continues to chug along 16 years later.
Charvel.com recently caught up with Williams to chat about the guitar he’s taking on the road with him and the secret to keeping a band together.
Charvel.com: What drew you to Charvel guitars originally?
Williams: I’m not really into guitars with a Floyd Rose on it, but I noticd that Joe [Duplantier] of Gojira has a stop tail piece on his. I thought, “Holy shit, they have stop tails, hard tails. This is going to work.” I’m a guy that has always loved Strats, and so what I ended up using is one of the super Strats, the Pro Mod San Dimas with a hard tail. It’s what I’ll bring out with me on the road.
The legendary Warren DeMartini is slated to head to Japan soon with former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee to attend a series of meet-and-greets with fans.
The duo actually share a long history together, as Lee was briefly a guitarist in RATT and his departure opened the door for DeMartini to join the band.
As DeMartini gears up to hop across the pond, Charvel.com caught up with him to talk about the sold-out events and his relationship with Lee.
Charvel.com: What can you tell us about the clinics? Have you done this before?
DeMartini: I’m very excited to spend a few days with my old pal Jake E. Lee. I’ve done one clinic in Japan way back during our first or second visit there sot this is almost a first for me. We haven’t worked out what we’re going to do yet, but I think we’re going to be talking a lot about our Charvel guitars and our history with the brand. And of course, we’re going to play.
Charvel.com: How did you first get involved with Charvel?
DeMartini: I kind of happened onto it by accident. I was visiting Grover [Jackson] one day, and he was making several necks based on a classical guitar template. They were very wide and thin, and I really liked the feel of them. He made some for me, and I had those put on the Crossed Sword … and pretty much everything I was experimenting with at the time. I’ve got three or four guitars that have that template. That was the guitar I recorded “Lay It Down” with and “You’re In Love.” By then, I had a good collection of amps, and those guitars were all part of the sound back then. It was a great find, and they still sound great. I have the original within reach. (more…)
Andreas Kisser is widely known as the ace shredder for Brazilian metal stalwarts Sepultura, and that band has an album coming out on Oct. 25.
But in the past year, Kisser has been working with another band, the all-star lineup of De La Tierra.
Made up of Álex González (Maná), Flavio Cianciarulo (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs) and Andrés Giménez (D-mente, A.N.I.M.A.L.), De La Tierra has paired with Stanley Soares, a longtime Sepultura collaborator, to produce music that is definitely heavy.
This is no supergroup, however. Kisser notes that the collaboration came together organically with a notion to continue as a group beyond their debut album.
Charvel.com recently caught up with Kisser to get the inside scoop on De La Tierra.
Charvel.com: How did De La Tierra originally come about?
Kisser: It’s amazing. I’m so glad that I received the invitation from these guys. It started with Álex González, who is the drummer from Maná, and Andrés Giménez from Argentina. Álex is a metalhead. Even when he plays with Maná, you see the skulls on his drum set. He wants to show that he has some metal blood. He and Andres were talking about this project for like eight years. It was always, “Come on, let’s do this.” And finally, they said, “Let’s make it happen.” That was last year, and Álex called me about this heavy project. He said we wanted to sing in Spanish, and I said, “F**k, that’s great!” With me here, we could put some Portuguese on there, as well. (more…)
U.K. alternative rockers Young Guns have been riding the high of their commercially- and critically-acclaimed sophomore album Bones.
Guitarist John Taylor has been with the band since 2007, providing searing fretwork for Young Guns’ hard rocking, dual-axe attack.
Charvel.com recently caught up with Young, who just finished the band’s fourth U.S. tour, to talk about where this quintet has been and where it’s going.
Check out what he had to say after the jump. (more…)
Currently in the middle of their own headlining tour in Europe, Cleveland metalcore band Affiance is mere weeks away from the biggest tour of their career, as the group is set to hit the road with metal heavyweights Killswitch Engage and Miss May I this summer.
While there is certainly a lot of traveling on the docket, the chance to play tracks off their latest album The Campaign – and to be able to do it with their upcoming tourmates – marks an exciting time.
Charvel.com recently caught up with Affiance guitarist Brett Wondrak to talk about what lies ahead for the band. (more…)