Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Rusty Cooley: explains the demise of outworld and has a great clinic


Rusty Cooley says:
Well guys it's officially over. I always said if Outworld didn't work out I wasn't starting over from scratch with unknown local guys and I'm not. I'm going to go on as a solo artist and continue to write and record with professional musicians that already have an established name. At the moment I'm working on a cd with Derek Sherinian that will be a band effort with vocals. We are looking for a singer that ranges from Hetfield to Meshuggah so if you know someone please let me know or direct them to Derek's myspace www.myspace.com/dereksherinian2008 . I will also be going back to NY and CT at the end of May to do my next dvds with Rock House Method titled Arpeggio Madness! and I will also be doing clinics through out the year.

The rest of the guys are still out there kicking it Matt and his little bro have a band Bobby and Shawn are involved in a couple of bands together and who knows what Carlos is up to and Kelly is playing in a cover band with my guitar tech Mike Nedd.

I hope to see an Outworld reunion one day for a few gigs or something it's really a shame it didn't last but life goes on and you keep moving certain doors close so others can open.

The Outworld website, board and myspace will remain up I hope to continue to draw fans even though the band is no more. I am really proud of Outword's first and only cd and can only imagine what we could have done if everyone would have hung on through the tough times.

Special thanks goes out to all of you the fans for your support.



Plus a review of Rusty's free Clinic:
Well, its only hours after the event and I must say, WOOT!! I was friggen blown away. Great turnout of guitar players of all levels and styles. I was lucky enough to snag one of the front row seats since I arrived a few hours early. It was a LONG AAAAASSSS Drive to Texas City but it was totally worth it.

A four-page tablature packet was handed out minutes before the clinic began which included licks to be on such magazines as Japans Young Guitar Magazine. A run through and break down of each lick was executed along with the background of each lick and a sort of "story" behind it as to how it came about in Rustys shred arsenal. A number of helpful tips and questions poped up during the lessons from students.

The very end of the clinic marked the gear portion of the event. The weapons of choice in Rustys rig today was:

-Of course the wonderful RC7

-Peavey 6505 Head as a power amp

-Rocktron Prophesy II (W.Floorboard)

-Rusty Cooley O.D Pedal by Pro Tone

-George Lynch Dragon 2 Wah (I think)

-A customed skinned Diamond Amp cab

-A cute little 3 ft high red music sheet stand

Free posters were being autographed (At least i think they were free, I stole one in front of him I WILL PAY YOU BACK IF IT COSTS DUDE!)

Merch Stand Included
Rock House DVDs

Outworld CDs

Rusty Pro Tone pedals

and more..

Summing it all up

-Great Shredding
-Great lessons and audience interview-ee portions
-Free shreddy filled tab book and a sweet poster
-Great Turnout
-Kick ass gear and playing

full thread

Rusty also says: I
will happily do a clinic any where go to your local music stores and request it!

John Petrucci: dream theater new cd promo


Dream Theater's "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" - Coming June 23rd!

New York, NY:

Progressive metal veterans DREAM THEATER have announced BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS as the title of their tenth studio album. The band commenced work on the album ? their second for Roadrunner Records, following up 2007's Systematic Chaos - in October of last year.

Roadrunner will release the record on June 23. In addition to the standard version CD, the album will also be available on vinyl LP, as well as a 3-disc Special Edition CD that will include the full album, a CD of instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six cover songs, the titles of which will be revealed at a later date.

Six weeks prior to the June 23 street date, Roadrunner will release one cover song per week through digital retailers.

Drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci are once again at the helm as producers, while Paul Northfield mixed the record.

The band will embark on a world tour in support of the album beginning in Europe throughout June which will be followed by the second edition of the band's PROGRESSIVE NATION tour featuring Zappa Plays Zappa, Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish throughout North America in July/August.

A video for the first single, "A Rite of Passage" will be shot in late March.

The track listing for BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS is as follows:

A Nightmare to Remember
A Rite of Passage
The Shattered Fortress
The Best of Times
The Count of Tuscany

DREAM THEATER ALBUM TEASER 2009 - Split left and right channels
Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings NEW Album 2009

News: 24 strings progressive guitar overloaded

A taster of the new self titled debut album from Strings 24 out now on Lion Music. Strings 24 are a new project created by Frank Caruso, Stefano Xotta and Gianluca Ferro. These three axemen coming from different musical experiences decided to mix their styles into a new band dedicated to guitar, with the aim to raise its musical expression and compositional potential. The bands name comes from the three guitarists use of 8 string guitars (3x8=24)

Strings 24 - Running In The Wind

Joe Stump: kashani

Promo from Lion Music for the upcoming Joe Stump release

stump kashani

Kostas Karamitroudis: gus g eternal decent tv

Eternal Descent TV Now in High Definition! ---Best viewed in HD on Full Screen--- Gus G of Firewind, talks with Llexi leon and Rob Sutherland about Eternal Descent, Comic books, Shred Guitar, Dragonforce, Salad, and Incineration.

Marco Sfogli: still hurts medley plus

Live at Oddly Shed

Marco Sfogli Band - Still Hurts ending (Medley Pt. 1)

Marco Sfogli Band - Medley Pt. 2

plus Solo extract from the tune "Genius" (from the album EGO by Alex Argento)

Alex Argento - Genius (solo extract)

Leo Badinella: beyond consciousness

Leo Badinella - “Beyond Consciousness”
This album includes songs that were composed over an extensive period of time. In between the different projects that I’ve done, I always make time to write music for guitar, luckily with every project I get involved in I acquire different perspectives from where to look at art, music and life in general, this viewpoints are naturally reflected on the music I write, as you will notice…I hope.
The songs on “Beyond Consciousness” span a large stylistic spectrum. With this in mind I compiled a selective list of musicians who would interpret and add a personal touch to the songs: Michael Manring being the most well-known and awarded of them, plays bass on “Ritual”; Michael “Ahm” Nielsen from Denmark added a very aggressive touch to the bass in “Contrastes” and “Escape”; Sebastián Muñoz plays bass in “Prologo” and “Infinite Substance”; and Rodrigo Roa recorded the drums for the whole album with a power, dedication and total engagement worthy of a super-hero.
The album is comprised of 10 songs. The titles are:

1. “Prologo”
2. “Infinite Substance”
3. “Ritual”
4. “Kat Kat Katan”
5. “Contrastes”
6. “Mirando Al Cielo”
7. “Escape”
8. “El Reto”
9. “Balance”
10. “Elypse”


Composer, producer and guitarist Leo Badinella makes no concessions when considering the emotional content of his music. Having being part of numerous band situations but never truly being satisfied, in the year 2005 he set out to unleash his creativity and persue a solo career where his music could live without restraints. That same year the E.P. called “Prologo” saw the light of day, it included demos of 5 songs that featured the guitar as the lead instrument and expression and compositional quality as the essential characteristics. The answer to this E.P. did not take long and a select group of people enjoyed the music of Leo Badinella that year in several live concerts including a special appearance on stage with the famous bass player Billy Sheehan. This answer was most motivating for Leo and he decided to do a full length album.
Four years later the album “Beyond Consciousness” is released. Comprised of 10 songs with guest musicians from all over the world. Produced and mixed by Leo Badinella, “Beyond Consciousness” presents a very powerful shade of progressive rock, oriented around the guitar. The amazing bassist Michael Manring plays on the song “Ritual” fulfilling one of Leo’s dreams. Other incredible musicians who present this work are drummer Rodrigo Roa who has played with Leo Badinella since forever, bass player Sebastián Muñoz and bass player Martin “Ahm” Nielsen from Denmark.

Leo Badinella’s music is not only featured in his records. As a composer Leo has done much work for TV and recently for the just-released video game “The Nameless Mod” where Leo along with other composers wrote music in a vein very different from his solo albums, but as always with the same emphasis on evocation. Fans of film scores and video game soundtracks are invited to check this marvelous piece of work.

Aleksandar Sukovic: two times four = eight


Sequenced 8-finger Tapping

inv.13 & inv.8 - Bach (8-finger tapping demonstration)

And Then a Crow Came Out - T.J. Helmerich solo (8-finger tapping COVER)

8-finger tapping exercise

Aleksandar Sukovic, born on 19 April 1985. He lives in Serbia, Novi Sad and started playing when he was about 10, currently working as an instructor at GuitarMasterclass.net (www.guitarmasterclass.net/instructor/Aleksander-Sukovic) , studying economics.

Guthrie Govan: rhode island shred plus

This gig took place in the new Auditorium of Peralta (Navarra) Spain. It all started with Jose de Castro a fantastic guitar player from Spain and best guitar fusion 2008. Then after Jose finished, the legendary and amazing Guthrie Govan came into the stage on his own to give a mind-blowing performance with backing tracks of his album Erotic Cakes. There was a lot of sense of humour between songs as you will see on these videos. I recorded part of the whole concert only because I ran out of memory even though I had a 4 Gb memory stick in my camera. I had to take also the hard decision of wiping off Jose de Castro´s fantastic performance to record Guthrie in action and then disaster strikes again and my battery also ran out. That meant that I could not record the two beasts together not to mention the rest of the musicians who were fantastic too.
Without the young minnuendo association this concert would have never been possible. They treated everyone including us fantastically well and my friend the guy with long hair won the prize at the end of the concert an electric guitar signed by the two players, lucky bastard number 265. I remember the number very well. lol

-Video edited with: a Panasonic DMC-TZ5 10X Optical zoom Leica technology
sorry about the stereo ping pong effect, I did not know how to solve the problem!!
-Pinnacle Studio 12

Guthrie Govan (Rhode Island Shred) Peralta, Navarra, Spain

Guthrie Govan (Ner Ner and some Jazz) Peralta, Navarra Spain

News: guitar fight club prepares for musikmesse!


Starting today, we live on the Frankfurt Music Fair with impressions and interviews We are on the road and did it .... Of all the incredible circumstances we shine with the least likely of 4 square meters in the entire exhibition grounds ... If someone gets lost ... we are Hall 4.0 Stand G73 ...

Your Guitar Fight Club Team

Paul Gilbert: united nations offical bootlegs

Kudos to Willem for letting me know about the covers. Order from CDJapan Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson
Complete releases from Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson

Full review from metalichicka

Damjan Pejcinoski: give me the groove

Damjan Pejcinoski says:
This is my own composition in a jazz fusion style I hope you like it! My first album coming soon ! Cheers!

Damjan Pejcinoski - "Give me the groove"

Damir Puh: the crying machine


The Crying Machine (Naked Tracks Cover) - Damir Puh

Marco Sfogli: spreading the disease

Marco Sfogli, live at Oddly Shed

Marco Sfogli Band - Spread The Disease

Mattias IA Eklundh: freak kitchen and linköping jazz orchestra

Freak Kitchen and Magnus Ericsson of the Linköping Jazz Orchestra perform Heroin Breakfast at the Linköping Jazz & Blues Festival March 28th 2009.

Freak Kitchen + Magnus Ericsson of LJO - Heroin Breakfast

Freak Kitchen + Linköping Jazz Orchestra - Earth Hour 2 & Chest Pain Waltz

Freak Kitchen + Linköping Jazz Orchestra - Confused IA Eklundh

Freak Kitchen + Magnus Ericsson of LJO - Razor Flowers part 1

Freak Kitchen + Magnus Ericsson of LJO - Razor Flowers part 2

Freak Kitchen + Magnus Ericsson of LJO - Little Bastard

Freak Kitchen + Linköping Jazz Orchestra, March 28th 2009

Michael Angelo Batio: metal maiden interview

Metal maiden: http://www.myspace.com/wvlocalmetal

Metal Maiden Interview with Michael Angelo Batio

Phi Yaan-Zek: marco minneman normalizer II


Marco Minnemann's Normalizer II - Phi Yaan Zek

Normalizer II is drum virtuoso Marco Minnemann's new project. This is going to be a series of releases where each featured artist has written and recorded music to a 51 minute drum solo by Marco.

The featured artists in the series include Mike Keneally, John Czajkowski, Trey Gunn, Alex Machacek, Mario Brinkmann, Marco & Phi Yaan Zek.

I am playing most of the keyboards for Phi's version "Dance With The Anima" and I was somewhat involved in the creative process.
Look out for a release soon on the Abstract Logix label.
You can listen to some soundclips here: http://www.myspace.com/phiyaanzek

You can also hear more clips from "Dance With The Anima" playing behind this interesting interview with Phi himself: Interview with Phi Yaan-Zek, Guitarist / Composer.

Phi Yaan-Zek has worked with Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller, Lalle Larrson, and Bumblefoot. He currently lives near London.

Phi Yaan-Zek Interview

Dave Martone: guitar9 interview


Dave Martone:
I was hired to play the guitar parts on an album from an artist named Ali Milner. She is a great singer songwriter residing in Vancouver BC Canada.

As we all know, most recording dates, including ones I have been running, are built from the ground up.

What I mean by that, is that most of the time, musicians are not playing with other musicians, but with clicks, drum machines, or existing tracks as they overdub. This has become standard practice for some reason over time. I believe this is because the engineer and producer can have a very clean take, with no bleeding of other sounds into the take, of all instruments. Also, critical listening can be made of each instrument to make sure everything is clinically perfect. Sometimes too perfect - and all the life is edited, tuned, tweaked, EQ'd and manipulated to a point that it does not even sound real anymore! Don't get me wrong, that is an effect in itself, which can be cool, but once everything is done that way, it sounds pretty... fake.
full article

Wolfgang Zenk: guitar9 interview


Wolfgang Zenk:
The whole thing started out with a fusion cover band named Die Anonymen Pentatoniker, which means something close to Pentatonics Anonymus. I had already been with that band even when we were recording "Uneven" and "Sophisticated" with Sieges Even. After SE broke up I had piled up tons of ideas that I had never gotten the chance to work out with SE. So I talked Klaus and both of the Markuses into recording a CD. For a couple of reasons we were in need of a new name: for all the odd meters in our music stands the 7/8 time signature which sort of means 7 eighth notes for 4 musicians.That just felt natural in a way.

full interview

Jose De Castro: guitar9 interview

Jose De Castro:
Actually, my parents moved to Madrid and I've lived all my life here. I started studying classic guitar when I was 10 and when I was 16 I already had a band. We recorded a disc and won some important prizes. Since then, I started to learn how the record label world works from the inside out. Moreover, we played gigs in so many places and we were paid for it!

I started to combine this band with some other projects playing versions of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Steve Salas, and SRV and it really was funny. We learned a lot.

I also played in some bands that went all around Spain doing many concerts each year, and playing all kind of music from "Pasodobles" to '70s music.

When I started my solo project, I did it because of the necessity of bringing to life all the music that I had in my head in that moment. I was 26 years old and I was starting to work with important pop artists in Spain. I felt that if I didn't start recording my music, I would drift away from it, as have other musicians I know.

full interview

Vitalij Kuprij: leonardo porcheddu, live rome concert

From Rome tour 2008

The band:
Vitalij Kuprij - Keyboards & Piano
Mats Leven - Vocal
Aleks Ferrara - Bass
Leonardo Porcheddu - Guitars
Dario Sacco - Drums
Vitalij Kuprij - "Opus1" from the concert in Rome on 5th december 2008

Vitalij Kuprij - High Definition - LIVE 5th december 2008 in Rome

Vitalij Kuprij - LIVE 5th december 2008 in Rome - Some Shred Solos

Joe Satriani: chickenfoot podcasting!


Joe Satriani and chickenfoot fly under the musicradar with this series of podcasts

Full post

part 1

part 2

part 3

part 4

Guthrie Govan: jose de castro jam again

Guthrie Govan jamming with spanish guitarrist Jose de Castro and his band at Peralta´s Auditorium (Navarra - Spain) 29/03/2009.

Guthrie Govan Jam Live with Jose de Castro

Guthrie Govan Jam (Little Wing) Live with Jose de Castro

Guthrie Govan - Sevens (Live)

Sam Bell: adam bell knocking seven bells for mask of judas!


Mask of Judas posted some new demo tracks and have some gigs coming up. Check out the MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/mojudas

Adam Bell and Sam Bell demonstrate some of the guitar parts for Mask of Judas
Mask of Judas Guitar Parts

Apr 6 2009 8:00P The Rifle Club - PORTSMOUTH portsmouth, South
Apr 12 2009 8:00P The Hobgoblin - BRIGHTON - ’Havoc and Malice’ Brighton, South
May 20 2009 8:00P The Freebutt - BRIGHTON Brighton, South
Jul 25 2009 8:00P The Sobar - SOUTHAMPTON South
Aug 30 2009 8:00P The Hobgoblin - BRIGHTON Brighton, South