Thursday, 14 March 2013

Unborn MentaL: Unborn MentaL - Blackjack no1 promo video

Watch in 1080p for best audio and video quality. This is the official video to Unborn MentaL - Blackjack no1. The amp is the video is not actually used at all on the song, its there for visual effect only. Stay until the very end for a surprise from Rogan the Beagle (Outtake from video ending).

All equipment used on the video is as follows -

Guitar - Schecter ATX C7 Blackjack (aged white)
Bass - 5 String Vintage with EMG P/J
Drums - Metal Machine
Processor - Line 6 POD HD Pro (Using Treadplate/Mesa Dual Rectifier, 412 Tread V-30 Cab and 421 Dyn mic)
Audio Interface - Scarlett 8i6 Focusrite.
DAW - Reaper

Any questions or comments regarding my setup, mixing, production and so on feel free to ask. I'm not an expert by any means and can provide only limited information. I would also like to thank Ola Englund for his inspiring videos.

Unborn MentaL - Blackjack no1 (Official Video) Metal, Pod HD Pro, Schecter Blackjack, Scarlett 8i6

Alessandro Benvenuti: Total Shred Guitar - Guitar Course in Rome - learn from the best

Total Shred Guitar - Corsi di Tecnica Chitarristica a Roma

Intensive and Extreme guitar technique in Rome. Study technique on the guitar, alternate picking, legato, sweep picking, tapping, string skipping, plectrum and fingers, all the techniques rock, blues, fusion and metal. — with Alessandro Benvenuti.

Roberto Restuccia: French Guitar Contest 2

French Guitar Contest 2 - Roberto Restuccia
My rough and ready improv......

French Guitar Contest 2 - Roberto Restuccia

French Guitar Contest 2013 ends May 11th

Andy Powell: Jason Saulnier interviews the Wishbone Ash lead man.

Wishbone Ash on
Andy Powell from Hard Rock band Wishbone Ash. Interviewed by Jason Saulnier. March 1, 2013

Andy Powell Interview - Wishbone Ash

Brian Auer: Ibanez guitar solo competition 2013

I recorded it with my POD X3 Live pedal, my Ibanez RG 570? Guitar, and used my HD webcam.

A Little about my attitude and entry,

My entry is a composition.

First thing I did was listen to the track several times. I feel it is important to write something appropriate and showing respect to the music vs shredding every lick I know to impress people. I know these tracks take a lot of work to make so I feel it deserves just as much work to compose a solo over.

I did use some improvisation to come up with the licks and melodies used, but I pretty much heard exactly what to play over it the first few times listening to it. Of course I experimented a little bit too, but it's 100% composed at this point. I used 100% improvisation in the last years contest so I wanted to change it up this year and see what happens ;) I apologize if my melodies are cheesy and infect your I'm an 80's kid so it's gonna happen ;)
I know most of you that watch my videos will probably expect some shred, but sorry. I did not hear anything much faster than a triplet over this and I am going with my heart on what I think sounds best VS what my Ego wants to show you (hehe). I really worked hard on deciding what to put on this as far as a melody and tasteful lines so I hope you enjoy it.
I have watched several entries and all i have watched were excellent, so best of LUCK to all that enter ;) POP WORAVIT, thank you for letting us jam over your track.Your solo over was greatly inspiring, I hope i do it justice ;)

Thanks to the judges for taking the time to watch this ;)

Brian Auer


Pop Woravit: Ibanez guitar solo competition 2013 20 Apr 2013

Richard Hallebeek: Rene Engel 'Slow Life' new CD

Richard Hallebeek: Rene Engel 'Slow Life'
 Richard Hallebeek
The new Rene Engel album called 'Slow Life' is now available from my website. I've been playing with Rene for over 15 years and his composing and playing has been evolving over the years. I think this is one of his strongest albums, composition and playing-wise. There's lots of my guitar work on the 10 tracks and I'm really pleased the way the mix came out.The cd will be available in about 10 days. You can order already and make sure you will be the first to get it on your doorstep! If you want it signed - let me know with your order. Also new soundclips for each song to check out: with Frans Vollink - bass, Davy de Wit - bass, David De Marez Oyens - bass, Martin Verdonk - percussion, Coen Molenaar - keys.


Rene Engel Drums
Richard Hallebeek Guitars
David De Marez Oyens, Frans Vollink, Davy de Wit Bass
Coen Molenaar, Sebastian Altekamp Keys

Ben Badenhorst: Modern Maskanda - new digital album

Ben Badenhorst: Modern Maskanda
Digital Album
Immediate download of 6-track album in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
Buy Now €5 EUR or more

1. Modern Maskanda 05:58
2. Oeado 07:25
3. Angle Dance 09:04
4. Deep Phreegan 07:50
5. Megan 02:54
6. Newman & Garfunkel 14:52

Maskanda is a style of Zulu Traditional Music, based around simple, repetitive beats and melodies.
It is music which accompanies a Long Journey, hence 'Walking Music'....
This collection of songs represents a modern interpretation of that style.
released 14 March 2013
Special thanks to:
Raven Sklair, Chris Morningstar, Mikayla Badenhorst,
Neil Thunderbolt, Brit Horowitz (Album cover design),
Avi and Einat Horowitz, Martian Wolfheart, Michael Bartholemew,
Robert Fripp, Eric Johnson, L.Shankar, U.Shrinivas, Bela Fleck,
Al Di Meola, Mark Knopfler, Steve Newman, John McLaughlin, and
The Great Spirit, for the Gift of Life...

Eric Johnson: set for the Fender stand Musikmesse 2013

From Drop Box


15:30 to 16:30
Eric Johnson - The U.S. cult guitarist guest at Fender ®, 4.0 E08
A Grammy and a G3 tour with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai speak for themselves proudly presents the U.S. Fender guitar hero and Fender Eric Johnson Signature Artist at Musikmesse 2013 in Frankfurt. Known for its perfected legato and "Bounce" technique, the guitarist extraordinaire on Fender booth will be found in an exclusive signing session. Fans have the chance to meet the fender-star experience. On the Fender ® booth in Hall 4.0 - Stand E08

Autograph session

Martin Miller,Tom Quayle: set for IQS Strings, Musikmesse 2013

IQS Strings Srl, 4.0 B57

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 10:00 - Saturday, April 13, 2013, 18:00 
- Martin Miller, guitar player
- Federico Malaman, bass player
- Tom Quayle, guitar player
- Antony Davidiants, bass player
- Fabrizio Frigeni, guitar player
- Riccardo Bertuzzi, guitar player
- Andrea Zaccari, bass player
- Andrea Balasso, bass player
- Ricky Quagliato, drum player

IQS Strings (11-52 Gauge) Demo by Tom Quayle -

Marcus Deml: Fender stand appearance details Musikmesse 2013


12:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 16:00
Marcus Deml – Fender® Pure Vintage Clinic, Fender, 4.0 E08

Marcus Deml is one of the most charismatic guitarists of our time. He studied at the prestigious "Guitar Institute of Technology" in Los Angeles as a student of Paul Gilbert and Frank Gambale, and was taken after his graduation in the faculty. His love for guitar made ​​him early to a Fender sound experts and enthusiasts. In addition to various old Fender vintage guitars he uses models from the brand new American Vintage Series. Fender is looking forward to this year's Musikmesse Marcus Deml to welcome in the Fender sound booth. Besides its breathtaking guitar playing, he will introduce the new American Vintage Series and have also prepared one way or another anecdote. On the Fender ® booth in Hall 4.0 - Stand E08

Marcus Deml & Markus Setzer in concert [Ascheberg events]

Ola Englund: Randall - Feared set for Agora stage Musikmesse

Ola Englund und FEARED, präsentiert von RANDALL und DDRUM., Sound Service GmbH, 3.0 B 82Thursday, April 11, 2013, 16:30 - 17:00

Ola Englund - Guitar Candy Event - Randall Satan / Strandberg

Mattias IA Eklundh,Christophe Godin: set for Agora Stage Musikmesse 2013

Mattias "IA" Eklundh, Laney Amplification, 4.0 C06Thursday, April 11, 2013, 11:30 - 12:00

Christophe Godin, Laney Amplification, 4.0 C06Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 11:30 - 12:00

Mattias IA Eklundh: Freak Kitchen - Teargas Jazz Frankfurt 2012

Christophe Godin: Laney crunchyness Musikmesse 2011

Marco Sfogli: Neon Karma set for the Musikmesse

Neon Karma, Parsek S.R.L, 4.0 F13 Thursday, April 11, 2013, 17:00 - 17:30

Neon Karma - Sfogli, Gualdi, Feliciati - Enemy Gate

News: FREE Rockschool’s Arpeggiated Chords Tutorial

New to the Rockschool website is a FREE Download the free PDF tutorial, backing track and watch the video walkthrough on the rockschool news page.

An arpeggiated chord is when the plectrum or thumb is rolled across guitar strings slowly, articulating each individual note of a chord. This is a requirement for guitar students studying for their Grade 3 through to 8 with Rockschool. This short video clip takes you through all the basics and demonstrates the simple techniques needed to master this skill for your exam Technical Exercises.

Plus, there are tabs for you to follow, and a backing track to download and practice against. In fact everything you need to nail techniques that once mastered will enable you to play lots of your favourite songs and even write your own.

To find out more, visit the Arpeggiated Chords Tutorial page or catch it on Youtube.

Arpeggiated Chords Tutorial

Carlos Arcay: Improvisation over a Rock Metal Epic Track

This video is a one take improvisation over a very cool backing track of JAM TRACK CENTRAL, contained in the Andy James Epic Rock pack. This is a power rock metal style track. This time I use a very nice Ibanez Universe who belows to my friend Victor Camacho. Unfortunately the audio is not recorded too well, so in the future I´ll try alternative methods for recording. Feel free to post any comment or question I will be happy to answer them. Hope you like it!

Gear: Axe Fx II ( 5150 III sim ), Rockit 5 monitors ,Ibanez Universe, V Picks Venom. D´Dario Strings 0.9

Improvisation over a Rock Metal Epic Track - Jam Track Central

plus the interestingly titled

MUNDO DESCONOCIDO JAM - The Fucker Illuminati Song

Łukasz Kulczak: Recording A New Song "Universe"

My new song coming soon !!!

Łukasz Kulczak In the Studio — Recording A New Song "Universe"

News: Orange Amplification Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2013

The Orange Amplification Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2013

Orange Amplification is delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards for the second consecutive year. The 2013 awards promise to be even bigger & better, with more explosive live performances and heavy metal mayhem.

The Orange Amplification Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2013 takes place on the 17th June 2013 at the IndigO2 with Motörhead, one of the world’s most seminal rock bands headlining what will be their most intimate show in years. Motörhead states, “It’s awesome to be headlining our first ever award show. It’s an honour to play some kick ass rock’n’roll at the Golden God Awards.’

Orange amp endorsees are set to dominate this year’s annual homage to metal with twelve of them nominated for awards. Bleed From Within and Bury Tomorrow are up for the Best New Band award, While She Sleeps, Asking Alexandria and Kvelertak compete for the Breakthrough award and Bring Me The Horizon look for votes as the Best UK Band. Defttones, Stone Sour and Down are challenging each other for the Best International Band award, Clutch and Limpbizkit are rivals for the Best Live Act award and Jason Newsted’s Return are going for the Metal As F**k award. With Orange amps, the amp of choice for metal guitarists everywhere, these awards could be an orange ‘whitewash’. Vote for your favourite bands and be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets that money cannot buy.

‘Orange Amps are an integral part of the new hard rock and heavy metal scene’ commented Damon Waller, Managing Director, ‘being here championing the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, which are designed to celebrate metal’s real success stories, shows that Orange Amps care and will be setting the tone for years to come.’

To find out more about the Orange gear and their artists nominated for this years awards visit For more about the Golden God awards, vote for your favourite bands and be in with a chance to win free tickets go to

Motorhead will be playing live at the Golden God Awards 2013!
Vote now for your chance to win tickets:*See below for more information*
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Motorhead Playing Live Announcement - MH Golden God Awards 2013

Ignazio Di Salvo: Hammer Legato and 8 Finger Tapping

Another performance demo from the talented Ignazio Di Salvo

Ignazio Di Salvo - Hammer Legato & 8 Finger Tapping Technique

The worst guitar player ever.

Kee Marcello: new album details announced

Kee Marcello will release his new albumentitled "Judas Kiss" on April 5. The CD features a duet with Akane Liv of the Japanese symphonic metal act LIV MOON in the song "And Forever More".


"Judas Kiss" track listing:

01. Zombie
02. Dog Eat Dog
03. Starless Sky
04. I'm Stoned
05. Dead End Highway
06. Judas Kiss
07. And Forever More (duet with Akane Liv)
08. Coming Home
09. Get On Top
10. The Harder They Come
11. Dead Give Away
12. Love Will Tear Us Apart
13. Metal Box

Dog Eat from Marek Budzynski on Vimeo.

Mike Orlando: Adrenaline Mob, Live in New York 2013

Mike Orlando back with the Adrenaline Mob in New York... includes Dio Tribute Standup and Shout

ADRENALINE MOB released "Covertá", an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the group's favorite songs, on March 12. Longtime fans of Portnoy are aware of the multiple cover CDs he has released with DREAM THEATER and with Neal Morse. "Covertá" is the first CD of covers recorded by ADRENALINE MOB.

"Covertá" track listing:

01. High Wire (BADLANDS)
02. Stand Up And Shout (DIO)
03. Break on Through (THE DOORS)
04. Romeo Delight (VAN HALEN)
05. Barracuda (HEART)
06. Kill The King (RAINBOW)
07. The Lemon Song (LED ZEPPELIN)
08. The Mob Rules (BLACK SABBATH)

6 videos 26 minutes

Mike Orlando: Adrenaline Mob, Live in New York 2013

Timo Tolkki,Jens Johansson,Derek Sherinian: Avalon - The Land of New Hope

Timo Tolkki's Avalon "The Land of New Hope" will be released on Frontiers Records.

Release dates: EU: May 17th / NA: May 21st

Guitars & Bass: Timo Tolkki
Vocals: Michael Kiske (UNISONIC), Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), Rob Rock (IMPELLITTERI), Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION), Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA).
Keyboards: Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Derek Sherinian (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), Mikko Härkin (SONATA ARCTICA)
Drums: Alex Holzwarth (RHAPSODY of FIRE)
Orchestrations: Sami Boman
Opera Vocals: Magdalena Lee

"The Land Of New Hope" track listing:

01. Avalanche Anthem
02. A World Without Us
03. Enshrined In My Memory
04. In The Name Of The Rose
05. We Will Find A Way
06. Shine
07. The Magic Of The Night
08. To The Edge Of The Earth
09. I'll Sing You Home
10. The Land Of New Hope

Timo Tolkki's Avalon - The Land of New Hope EPK (Official)

Andy James: Laney Lionheart amp and Lud Guitars!

Andy James-Skype-interview 2012: This is from last year but never a posted 4 part candid conversation. NOTE !!!! Andy is now proudly using a LANEY IRONHEART Amp.

Andy James: Loud Guitars Skype interview 2012

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Morgan Pettersson: Ibanez Guitar Solo Competition 2013

I use an Ibanez RG made in Indonesia with a Dimarzio Fred bridge pickup and a Tesla VR-Extreme neck pickup. I use an Ibanez Tubescreamer TS9 into a Marshall YJM.
Even so its a cheap guitar it delivers a solid beautiful sound. Ibanez is truly amazing guitars!