Iced Earth has revealed new details about upcoming album Incorruptible, due out June 16, including a heads up that its first two singles “Seven Headed Whore” and “Raven Wing” will drop at the end of April.
The 10-track album will be available in a variety of formats, including special limited edition vinyl in several colors and a 36-page artbook version with album sketches and comments about each song from guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer.
During a recent interview with Metal Wani, Schaffer shared the writing direction behind Incorruptible.
“There is no concept on this record; it’s just ten individual tracks not related to each other,” he said “We have one called ‘Clear The Way’, which is about the Irish Brigade at the Battle Of Fredericksburg — very tragic, actually — but that’s a big epic (song), like ten minutes; and then we have one called ‘Black Flag’, which is a pirate song. It’s quite a… I think I pulled it off pretty well with the lyrics, to be able to tell such a big story in a very short amount of time. I think it’s gonna be a highlight of the record.”
The band also unveiled the album’s cover artwork, which was created by David Newman-Stump of Skeleton Crew Tattoo and Roy Young.
Stay tuned for more details on Incorruptible as the date draws closer. In the meantime, enjoy fan-filmed footage of Iced Earth’s performance at a show in the Netherlands featuring unreleased track “Great Heathen Army,” with guitarist Jake Dreyer on his Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature Model.
Joss Allen of GAK Music in the U.K. recently got his hands on one of Guthrie Govan’s signature Charvel guitars and ram through all the instrument’s special features in a video demo.
Those include three specially wound Charvel custom MFB pickups arranged in a versatile HSH configuration with five-way switching and a specially contoured heel without a neck plate for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard.
In addition, Allen spent some time playing the guitar, showing off the tonal capabilities of Govan’s namesake model.
Earlier this month, we came across the first of a two-part master class Guthrie Govan filmed for Guitarist magazine that focused solely on string-bending within the framework of the minor pentatonic scale.
Guitarist has since posted the second edition of Govan’s expert lesson, except this time, the Aristocrats guitarist dealt with the diatonic scale.
“The main difference with these scales – as opposed to the pentatonic scales – is that the bends are smaller. They hurt less,” Govan said. “In some cases, it might place a different kind of demand on your ear in terms of trying to sound as in-tune as possible, but it’s all achievable. There will be no bleeding fingertips this month, I solemnly assure you.”
U.K. retailer Guitarguitar recently released a demo of the Guthrie Govan Signature model, running through all the guitar’s features with varied styles of playing and some killer beauty shots of the bird’s-eye maple top.
To hear what Govan’s two-years-in-the-making namesake axe can do, check out the demo after the jump.
Ever wonder what the best way is to flaunt your skills as a guitarist to an opposing piano player?
The great Guthrie Govan might just have the answer. In a new master class for Guitarist magazine, Govan ran through some of the best techniques for string-bending, which should surely confound those who tickle the ivories around you.
“I think there’s something about string-bending that’s uniquely awesome when you play it through the guitar,” Govan said in the 10-minute clip. “You can use your string-bending prowess to taunt the piano players of the world because try as they might, they can’t do it at all. And it’s a very nuanced, subtle thing.”
While wielding one of his own signature Charvel models with a flame maple top, Govan began with the minor pentatonic scale and finds all the ways one can bend a string within that box before moving on.
Learn more in the in-depth lesson after the jump. (more…)