Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Francesco Filigoi: T.R.A.M. "Inverted Ballad" cover w/ Siggi Braun hollow body

Ever since I've listened to T.R.A.M.'s album I fell in love with this song, so I just had to cover it.
I'm using a custom Siggi Braun hollow body that my friend Felix Niehoff has kindly borrowed me. Audio is provided by Axe Fx II, I'm using preset #239.
If you like this video, check my band Abiogenesis
I'm now teaching on BANDHAPPY, hit me up for lessons!
Francesco Filigoi - T.R.A.M. "Inverted Ballad" cover w/ Siggi Braun hollow body

Lingua Franca out now on Sumerian Records!

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Featuring members of Animals As Leaders, The Mars Volta, and Suicidal Tendencies!

Yep, you read that right — Sumerian has signed T.R.A.M., a new supergroup consisting of Animals as Leaders guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes, Suicidal Tendencies drummer Eric Moore, and Adrian Terrazas (who used to go by “Adrian Terrazas-González” but whatever), who played flute/sax/bass clarinet/percussions on three albums by The Mars Volta (Frances the Mute, Amputechture, and The Bedlam in Goliath). The band’s moniker, in case you haven’t put it together, is an amalgamation of the last initial of each musicians’ name (For the cheap seats: Terrazas, Reyes, Abasi, Moore).

Ah, but the important question is: What does T.R.A.M. sound like? Alas, I have no answer for you. The band’s Facebook page is not yet streaming any music. But they’re scheduled to release their debut album, Lingua Franca, in May, so presumably we’ll hear something pretty soon. If I had to make a guess as to what the band’s sound will be, though, I’d wager “Music-dorky as fuck.” I mean, if these dudes all got together and formed The Ramones, people would probably be really disappointed, right?
And for those of you lucky enough to be attending SXSW, well, here’s some more good news. metal sucks
Adrian Terrazas - Saxophone, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Percussion
Javier Reyes - Guitar
Tosin Abasi - Guitar
Eric Moore - Drums

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Ulrich Ellison: demos Hauke guitar

With its extravagant design and unique materials, Roland Hauke's instruments belong to the sexiest kind on this planet - they actually look like from another world!
This video was recorded on a visit in his shop in Austria. The recording device was a cheap Vado HD and has inferior audio capabilities that only caught a glimpse of what this guitar is capable of. For more pictures and info about Roland Hauke please go to:
Ulrich Ellison plays and endorses Hauke guitars. Go to to find more music and videos

The world's sexiest guitar

Sergio Paganini: Endless Horizons - hot Rock Fusion

Rock Fusion - Endless Horizons - Sergio Paganini

Emiliano Zapata: preview of the new album

Preview of the album Presagios. Here are excerpts of 4 songs: Ultimo Camino, Distancias, Bajo la Sombra and Voces del Destino.
(the full album contains 8 tracks).

Keston Barker: goes double insane over an epic backing track

epic improvisation

Andy James: Laney snap up one of the hottest metal guitar players on the planet!

Andy James Joins Laney: There has been a whole load of speculation recently, but it is now official that Andy James has joined Laney amps as a key endorsee. Andy is regarded as one the best metal guitar players in the world and now that he is teamed up with Ironheart range of Laney amps, he is going to be sounding even more immense too.
Check out Andy's Custom Metal Series 2 package to hear Andy ripping his way through each track using his Laney Ironheart.

Laney We are very happy to welcome Andy James to the Laney family of endorsees.
For some time, he has been widely regarded as one of the U.K’s rising stars in the realms of Shred & Metal guitar. Now, Andy James has undeniably earned himself a place among the very best in the world.
As a major contributor to ‘Lick Library’ and ‘Jamtracks Central’ – Andy has specialised in teaching lead techniques for Heavy Rock and Metal. Not only can he be found mastering others’ techniques but, influenced by the likes of Andy Timmons, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert and Adam Dutkiewicz, Andy is incredibly skilled as a songwriter, as heard on a solo ‘In the Wake of Chaos’ and ‘Machine’ , as well as his contribution to his band, Sacred Mother Tongue, who have a new album about to be released.
It hasn’t taken long for Andy James’ name to become a leading light in the world of Metal guitar; Andy can be found holding workshops and master-classes as far afield as the Los Angeles N.A.M.M show and the Frankfurt Music Messe.
Be it workshops, exhibitions or with Sacred Mother Tongue, seeing this man live is a must. To witness first hand the sound, the dynamic, the dexterity and the speed with which he plays, live on stage, is a site to behold and is the personification of what has made Andy James world-renowned in his field, and now, the world is his fretboard.
Andy is heading out to China for some dates starting next week with Sacred Mother Tongue. He is currently using the Ironheart range of amplifiers.
For more information visit:

Andy James - Custom Metal Series TWO

Vinnie Moore: UFO - seven from Le Forum Vaureal 2012

Seven songs from a recent UFO gig Le Forum Vaureal 2012.

Vinnie Moore: UFO Le Forum Vaureal 2012

Xander Demos: ESP M-II Electric demo
Construction / Scale: Bolt-On / 25.5"
Body: Alder
Neck / Fingerboard: Maple / Maple
Nut Type / Width: FR Locking / 43mm
Neck Shape: Extra Thin Flat
Inlays: Abalone dots
Frets: 24 XJ
Binding: None
Hardware: Black
Tuners: Gotoh
Bridge / Tailpiece: Floyd Rose
Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB (B) / 59 (N)
Electronics: Vol / Toggle

ESP M-II Electric Guitar - Maple Fingerboard

Stéphan Forté: Lâg Edition Hell Fest 2012

As we announced previously, to celebrate his collaboration with the largest festival of French metal, Lâg released on 1 June, 200 copies of a limited series Hellfest.
Taking the aggressive lines of Arkane, this model will be oriented "100% metal" with his two EMG active pickups (including the famous EMG 81 in bridge position) and fixed bridge.

Find Stéphan Forté now in an exclusive demonstration where saturation is consumed without moderation! For fans of metal, we recall that the Hellfest will be held from 15 to 17 2012 aut! Global characteristics: - Head: Design Arkane reverse (Hard Maple), satin black finish, painted logo - Neck: Maple (Hard Maple), screwed - Fingerboard: Rosewood - Frets: 24, Nickel-Silver, Jumbo - Benchmarks: Pearloid, Hellfest pattern inlaid at 12th fret - Body: Basswood - Pickups: 2 EMG humbuckers (EMG89/EMG81) - Bridge: Fixed - Electronics: 1 volume (push pull) + 1 tone (push-pull), 3 position pickup selector - Hardware: Satin Black - Finish: Black satin with pattern on the back Hellfest - Delivery with bag LAG Hellfest

Lâg Edition Limitée HELLFEST 2012 - par Stéphan Forté (La Boite Noire)

Claudio Pietronik: jams Guthrie Govan's Jet Black

Me playing a Guthrie's track from the 2007 Album CONTEMPORARY SERIES 1 -

Claudio Pietronik - Jet Black (Guthrie Govan)

Pascal Vigné: Groove BendNote

New JamLesson with Pascal Vigne. What you put in a good mood!

BendNote - Pascal's Groove BendNote

Roomerfabi: Martin Miller and Muris Varjic lessons paying off!

roomerfabi-rock the funk(Martin Miller)

roomerfabi-kalajdzisko Oro(Muris Varajic tapping arrangement)

Herman Li: DragonForce Interview

Matt Bishop sits down backstage with guitarist Herman Li of DragonForce on the band's 2012 Power Within World Tour. The band is supporting their latest album, The Power Within, on a massive world tour run. They chatted about the new record, their signature style, and Guitar Hero. CRANK IT UP!

DragonForce Interview with Guitarist Herman Li on 2012 The Power Within World Tour

Nick Johnston: Wampler Pinnacle Deluxe pedal super gain monster!

Wampler Pinnacle Deluxe pedal demo Gibson Les Paul Fender Stratocaster - Nick Johnston
Here's a quick little demo of this amazing pedal by Wampler. The Pinnacle Deluxe is mind blowing!! Quite possibly the nicest box of metal i've ever used. Check one out if you get the chance!

Gear used : Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Gibson Les Paul Traditional, Fender Custom Deluxe Strat, Wampler Deluxe Pinnacle

Wampler Pinnacle Deluxe pedal demo Gibson Les Paul Fender Stratocaster

John 5: John William Lowery gets an in depth interview

(This interview is about an hour)
John William Lowery (born July 31, 1971), best known by the stage name John 5, is an American guitarist. His stage name was bestowed on him in 1998 when he left David Lee Roth and joined the industrial metal group Marilyn Manson as their guitarist, taking over from Zim Zum. Still going by the name "John 5," Lowery is currently the guitarist for Rob Zombie.
He is also a solo artist having recorded six guitar albums: Vertigo (2004), Songs for Sanity (2005), The Devil Knows My Name (2007), Requiem (2008), The Art of Malice (2010) and God Told Me To (2012), as well as a remix album, Remixploitation (2009). He also works as a staff writer for Chrysalis Records, working with artists such as Matt Ball, Avril Lavigne, Rob Halford, k.d lang, Garbage, Meat Loaf, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, FeFe Dobson and has written and recorded with southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Rob Zombie's JOHN 5 talks about his Career in music W Eric Blair, May 2012

John Petrucci: announces band for upcoming G3 tour

John Petrucci will be backed by DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini and DIXIE DREGS bassist Dave LaRue on the upcoming South American edition of the G3 tour in October. Also scheduled to appear are Joe Satriani and Steve Morse

Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Oct. 11- Citibank Hall - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Oct. 12 - Credicard Hall - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Polux González Rodríguez, Carlos Hernández,Efrain Ramones: T-Rex "Back On Track" Contest

T-Rex Back On Track

T-Rex "Back On Track" Contest - Polux González Rodríguez

T-Rex "Back On Track" Contest - Carlos Hernández

T-Rex "Back On Track" Contest - Efrain Ramones

Rob Chappers: in LA!

Chappers & Capt Lee in Los Angeles - Part One: Featuring Phil X

Thorsten Koehne: Eden's Curse ink worldwide management deal

Eden's Curse have inked a worldwide management deal with Germany's Rock N Growl Management.

Bassist Paul Logue says: "We are delighted to welcome Axel to the EC family and we look forward to making great strides in taking Eden's Curse to the masses. Our primary goal is get out and play to as many people as possible over the next few years, and with Axel's experience and extensive network of contacts, we are confident we have the right guy beside us".

Please visit the Rock N Growl Management website at :

The band is also making great progress with the writing process for album number four and have released a short snippet from a new demo track called Losing My Faith :
The band hope to complete the writing process by mid/late Summertime and immediately head into the studio to begin recording. A release date of Spring 2013 has been already been pencilled in with the record label.
Keep an eye out here for Studio Reports coming soon!

Chris Montague: Troyka - sure to appeal to Wayne Krantz fans

In 2009, London based trio TROYKA, featuring Chris Montague (guitars), Kit Downes (organ) and Joshua Blackmore (drums) released one of the most revered and highly acclaimed albums of the year, pushing them to the forefront of the British Jazz Scene. With performances throughout the UK including some of the most prestigious festivals (London, Glasgow and Cheltenham), TROYKA emerged as the band everyone was talking about.

Now, just over two years down the line, TROYKA have struck gold with a sensational album and one that will send shockwaves throughout European Jazz scene. Due for release in June 2012 on Edition Records, the album has a maturity about it usually only evident in fourth or fifth albums, not second albums. The music is compelling and demands your attention from start to finish and the listener can't help but be drawn in. It's fuelled by textural guitar loops, angular riffs and displaced drum grooves combined with an evocative lyricism that is utterly absorbing all developed by three great musical minds with their own distinctive approach to making music. But it's their collective spirit, their desire to connect and excite that makes this band really come alive. Highly impressed with Troyka, legendary composer Django Bates wrote a new set of music around the trio which was commissioned by Cheltenham Jazz Festivals and broadcast on Radio 3 in May 2011.

Watch this space -- if Troyka can produce the sort of buzz they did from the first album, imagine the possibilities of the second. Something magical is about to happen!


29/05/12 Upstairs at Gateshead Central Bar
30/05/12 The Arts club, Glasgow
31/05/12 The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
01/06/12 Deda, Derby Jazz
08/06/12 The Black Box – Belfast
13/06/12 Dempseys, Cardiff
14/06/12 The Spin, Oxford
24/06/12 The Coronation Tap, 8 Sion Place, Bristol
25/06/12 The Cock pit, London TBC
06/07/12 The Con Cellar Bar, Camden
15/09/12 Kings place with Edition festival, York way, Saint Pancras, London
16/09/12 Herts Jazz Festival
06/10/12 Vortex jazz club, Dalston, London

TROYKA 'Moxxy' The New Album Out June 2012

Eric Johnson: B.B. King's Blues Club / New York City 2012

Eric Johnson: B.B. King's Blues Club / New York City 2012

Joe Bonamassa: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ 2012

Joe Bonamassa: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ 2012

Walter Trout: The Stanhope House / Stanhope, NJ 2012

The Stanhope House / Stanhope, NJ 2012

Walter Trout: The Stanhope House / Stanhope, NJ 2012

Andy Wood: Fallen Heroes - Jam Track Central

Andy Wood - 'Fallen Heroes' at Jam Track Central

A Jam Track Ballad At Its Best!
'Fallen Heroes' by the incredibly talented Andy Wood is what can only be described as 'Ballad Heaven'. Taken from Andy's debut (and seriously good!) album 'A Disconcerting Amalgam', this track is truly poignant and emotional with guitar parts ranging from sparse, low volume melodies, to more upfront aggressive leads. It also has a great use of dynamics and textures which are full of raw emotion.
All in all, this is a great track for players of any level to get their teeth stuck into learning.
The package is available for just £4.99 and comes with the full track, backing track, video performance of the track by Andy and complete TAB and notation in PDF and Powertab format.
If you love Andy, then keep an eye out for an up and coming special track we are working on too.

Vivian Campbell: set to play for Dio band!

Vivian Campbell ·

Although there have been a couple of inarticulate naysayers, I'm happy that most of you are supportive of my plans to play with the original Dio band. However, in the meantime there's Def Lep business at hand as we're gearing up for the summer tour. Rehearsals start in just over two weeks and the monkey is all fired up!
This is the reason why this was an issue for the late Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie signs autographs after Heaven and Hell Radio City Show in NYC and expresses his feeling towards Vivian Campbell Saying "He hope he fucking dies" check it out if also check out the seller Celebrity-Signing on ebay for Awesome music autographs Including Ronnies

Ronnie James Dio Slams Vivian Campbell as he signs autograph


News: new POD album details

P.O.D. (PAYABLE ON DEATH) will release their new album, "Murdered Love", on July 10 via Razor & Tie. The band's long-awaited follow-up to "When Angels & Serpents Dance" sees them reunited with longtime producer Howard Benson, who also produced the group's massive "Satellite" album

Gary Schutt: "Puppets In Symmetry"

Gary will release his new album, "Puppets In Symmetry", on July 3 worldwide. The CD consists of 13 tracks which are radio-edited versions of songs from his "Excruciating Pleasure" (2003) and "Contingency Plan" (2010) CDs

"Puppets In Symmetry" track listing:

01. Psycho Bitch (radio edit)
02. Self Destruction (radio edit)
03. Someone New (radio edit)
04. Wish You Dead (radio edit)
05. Therapy (radio edit)
06. Crave (radio edit)
07. Lost Soul Mate (radio edit)
08. Mental Ward (radio edit)
09. It's Not Me
10. Bitch with a capital "C" (radio edit)
11. Dog (radio edit)
12. Nowhere Fast (acoustic mix)
13. Die Another Love

Gary Schutt "Puppets In Symmetry" CD ad

Luca Turilli: Dark Fate Of Atlantis

Luca Turill has made its new single, "Dark Fate Of Atlantis", available for free download in its original album version of six minutes and 29 seconds . This complete version of the song features a longer intro, a longer guitar solo and an additional keyboard solo performed by Luca Turilli. The cover artwork of the single was created once again by Felipe Machado Franco.

The "Dark Fate Of Atlantis" video was filmed in Stockholm, Sweden by Swedish director Owe Lingvall of Dreamday Media . The song comes off LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY's new album, "Ascending To Infinity", which will be released on June 22 via Nuclear Blast. The song was edited and made shorter for the video while on the CD it will appear in its original version of 6 minutes and 29 seconds.

Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart: Clockwork Angels turned into a Steam Punk book!

RUSH's long-awaited new album, "Clockwork Angels", is being turned into a novel by Colorado-based sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson, who wrote on Facebook, "Most of you are aware of my long-standing friendship with (RUSH drummer) Neil Peart . . . For more than twenty years, Neil and I have wanted to collaborate on something MAJOR, a way we could tie together our imaginations, and at last that's happening. I'm writing the novelization of RUSH's forthcoming album, 'Clockwork Angels'." more

John Norum: Rock On video interview

Interviewers : Anne & Louis Eustache

1/2 Europe interview John Norum (Rock One, 2012) HD

2/2 Europe interview John Norum (Rock One, 2012)

Plus rocknlive interview

Interview with EUROPE by ROCKNLIVE

Live @Feltrinelli Piazza Piemonte - Milano, 7/5/2012

The Final Countdown (Acoustic) - Europe @Feltrinelli, Milan, 07/05/2012

Ritchie Blackmore: Blackmores' Night Blu-Ray on the way

Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night, will release a live recording, "A Knight In York", on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and 3-LP set (limited edtion) in late June/early July.

"A Knight In York" was filmed and recorded during Blackmores' Night British tour at York Opera House on September 30, 2011.

Joe Stump, Tom Hess: Darkness Visible first sighting

"Darkness Visible", HOLYHELL's new studio release of epic, power-goth metal, will first be made available worldwide on June 16 exclusively on iTunes and on the band's own online store, The Kingdom Of Steel.

As a special "thank you" to their most loyal fans, HOLYHELL is offering a special pre-sale bundle, featuring the physical CD, which will be released in the store on July 27, and the digital album, which will be delivered on June 16.

As a special treat, the first 100 fans ordering this bundle will receive their CD autographed by HOLYHELL.

Mikael Åkerfeldt: kssunews interview

Fredrik Åkesson is the lead guitarist for the progressive death metal band Opeth. He is also known for his guitar work in numerous projects that include Arch Enemy, Tailsman, Krux, and Tiamat.

Åkesson is currently on tour with Opeth promoting the band’s latest album Heritage (which I was a fan of).