Monday, 13 May 2013

Stefan Lindholm: vindictiv - Cage Of Infinity - the new album

Release date: 10th May 2013
Cat No: ESM252
Bar Code: 5 031281 00252 5

Track List:

01. The Chosen
02. Cage Of Infinity
03. Down In A Black Hole
04. Choices
05. Astronaut
06. Human Emergency
07. Resistance
08. Orphans
09. Son Of Fate
10. The Encounter

The Band is:
Marco Sandron: Vocals
Stefan Lindholm: Guitars
Pontus Larsson: Keys
Nalley Pahlsson: Bass
Henrik Hedman: Drums

Produced by: Stefan Lindholm
Mixed and Mastered by: Lars Chriss

Every brilliant musician feels the need to push the envelope further. To progress, to find new challenges and outlets for his or her talents. Swedish guitarist Stefan Lindholm (Phenomena, Tony Martin) has now reached such a defining moment in his career. As the founder and musical backbone of Vindictiv, he's responsible for some of the most exquisite examples of contemporary neoclassical metal. However, the Stockholmian constellation's newest effort Cage of Infinity marks a certain departure from the progressive leanings of their two previous albums, Vindictiv (2008) and Ground Zero (2009). This time around, Vindictiv have challenged themselves to get their point across not through complexity, but through forthrightness.

– I'm no longer the same person as I used to be, so now I'm going for a simpler approach, more in your face, Stefan Lindholm explains. Cage of Infinity definitely contains a lot of immediate hooks and choruses. At the same time, I think it just may be more metallic than previously. Possibly a tad Judas Priest-ish, but I'll leave that for the listener to decide. Still, it's unmistakably Vindictiv.

It is indeed, albeit a new and exciting Vindictiv. Stefan's guitar playing is as stellar as ever and the core of the band is intact, featuring the exceptional talents of keyboard player Pontus Larsson and bassist Nalle Påhlsson (Therion, Treat, Last Autumn's Dream). There are, however, two new faces to the lineup. Drummer Henrik Hedman is an excellent addition to the Vindictiv family tree, but the man with the biggest shoes to fill is undoubtedly the new lead singer. Who has dared to accept the torch passed on by legendary journeyman Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Glory, John Norum)?

The answer is: Marco Sandron, the Italian vocalist from multinational power metal sensations Eden's Curse. A man whose vocal skills have turned an apparent suicide mission into a raging triumph. Marco's performances on Cage of Infinity are nothing short of spectacular, comparable even to the great Jørn Lande and marking the beginning of a new era. Vindictiv has turned over a new leaf, a more predominantly song-based one, without sacrificing any of their defining characteristics. Including the blistering guitar solos, perennial favorites of shredding enthusiasts.

– I made an effort to make the album cohesive, but as a notorious shredder I couldn't restrain myself completely, laughs Stefan.

Which of course he shouldn't. In that case, his faithful fans would have had every right to feel – dare we say it? – vindictive.

Track 1-  The Chosen
Track 2- Cage Of Infinity
Track 3- Down In A Black Hole
Track 4- Choices
Track 5- Astronaut
Track 6- Human Emergency
Track 7- Resistance
Track 8- Orphans
Track 9- Son Of Fate
Track 10- The Encounte

Rob Balducci,Joe Stump: Night Of Pure Guitar this Friday!

Rob Balducci- Public
Dear Friends and Fans

Please join us and show your support this Friday May 17 ,2013 at 89 North Music for "A Night Of Pure Guitar"

Venue - 89 North
89 N Ocean Ave, , Patchogue, NY, 1177

Doors open at 8:00 PM $10.00 admission and a free drink!

Rob Balducci - Joe Stump and Dave Mercado of Shadow Eden join forces to benefit Juvenile Diabetes. Portion of proceeds from the night will be donated to JDRF. There will be raffles and chances to win some merchandise and also a Morley Wah pedal!

This is a special event for Rob Balducci as well as Dave Mercado from Shadow Eden whom both have type 1 Diabetes since they were young. Rob has lived with it since the early age of 11 years old. Please show your support and meet us for a great night of music for a great cause.

89 North is a premier venue in Long Island New York and has a great vibe and killer sound system to enjoy the music.

Thank you for your continued support and please spread the word!

Aldo Giuntini: adds Tony Martin for his new project album

Release date: 24 / 5 /2013
Catalogue No: ESM253
Barcode: 5 03128100253 2

Aldo Giuntini  - Guitars
Tony Martin - Vocals (ex Black Sabbath)
Fabbiano Rizzi - Drums
Roberto Gualdi - Drums
Fulvio Gaslini - Bass
Liz Vandall - Vocals on 'Bring On The Night'

Track list:

4) CURED  4:08

Italian guitar wizard Aldo Giuntini is back for the release of his brand new GIUNTINI PROJECT "IV" album on May 24th 2013.

It has been six years but Aldo is now back with the fourth chapter of his Project. "My way of writing and producing the songs needs a lot of time", he says, "One could say I am a perfectionist, but when I have musical ideas for my guitar, I often have the other guys working with their own inputs: Also I need to have Tony Martin to work on the lyrics at the end, so this takes away a lot of time".

Aldo comments "Project IV continues the line of Project II, III, musically and I' m sure that who loved my 2nd, and 3rd work will appreciate the IV album in the same way and more, since the production work is "a lot improved" this time and produced by Dario Mollo (Mollo / Martin). The sound of Giuntini's work is a combination of "the warmth and the power of BLACK SABBATH "Headless Cross", "Tyre", Rainbow "Long Live Rock & Roll and Rising" and DIO "Holy Diver" with energetic sound of LOUDNESS, the Japanese metal heroes!", while Giuntini's guitar playing is mainly influenced by Akira Takasaki, Vivian Campbell, Edward Van Halen, Jake E. Lee, John Norum and, of course Malmsteen.

Handling all vocals once again on "Project IV" is none other than Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath), with the help of Ezio Secomandi (on drums), Dario Patti (on keyboards) and Fulvio Gaslini (on bass). "I wanted to have Tony again" explains Aldo, "because he is my favourite voice and I think that the blend of our styles is just perfect!"

Project IV promises to be like a breath of fresh air and will please the long time fans as well as the new ones, which are bound to fall in love with this great new Album.

Joanne Shaw Taylor: Blues rock guitarist announces four headline November UK concerts

Photo Credit: © Lee Millward
Following her acclaimed performance alongside Annie Lennox at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in June 2012, the release of her critically acclaimed third studio albumAlmost Always Never, and a nationwide UK tour, blues rock sensation Joanne Shaw Taylor follows her sold out London Borderline concert with four UK concerts in November and December, including a high profile headline concert at London’s o2 Shepherd’s BushEmpire on Thursday 28th November.

Special guest on all four concerts is King King - winner of 'Best Band' & 'Best Album' 2012 in The British Blues Awards, plus winner of 'Best Band' & 'Best Album' in Blues Matters Magazine Writers Poll 2011.


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Thursday 28th November
Tickets: £20.00
Box Office: 0844 478 0898
Book Online:
Doors 7pm/ Stage 8pm
Shepherd's Bush Green, London W12 8TT

Friday 29th November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 0121 345 0600
Doors: 7:30pm / Stage: 8pm
Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ

Saturday 30th November
Tickets: £17.50
Ticket Hotline: 0844 478 0898
Venue Box Office: 01484 689759
Doors: 7.30pm / Stage: 8pm
Picturedrome, Market Walk, HD9 3DA

Sunday 1st December
Ticket Price: £17.50
Box Office number: 0191 443 4661
Doors: 7.30pm / Stage: 8pm
St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays,
Gateshead, NE8 2JR

Joanne’s Borderline concert was filmed for a live DVD/CD that will coincide with her November UK tour dates. The live recording will be released as part of Ruf Records’ ongoing Songs From The Road 2 disc DVD/CDs. Previous releases in the live series include Luther Allison, Jeff Healey, and Savoy Brown.

This girl is the real deal... check out the video and get your tickets!

Joanne Shaw Taylor - Islington, "Time Has Come" and "Watch 'em Burn"

Mario Camarena,Erick Hansel: CHON - Fluffy (Playthrough)

Erick and Mario playin' through
Mario Camarena : Guitar : 
Erick Hansel : Guitar : @ErickSmashfaced
Drew Pelisek : Bass : @drewpeliseks
Nathan Camarena : Drums

CHON - Fluffy (Playthrough)

Tom Hess: How To Promote Your Music Career And Build Your Music Fan Base

How To Promote Your Music Career And Build Your Music Fan Base
By Tom Hess
Are you trying to find the best way to promote your music and gain a huge following of fans? This is a major concern for the majority of musicians; both for those who are just starting their music careers and for those who have been in the music business for a long time. There is no doubt that having a major following of fans for your music is crucial to big and long lasting success in the music industry.
However, the truth is that there is no all encompassing answer on the topic of how to promote your music. This is because you or the band you are playing in are likely facing many unique challenges that would need to be overcome before you could gain more fans and effectively promote your music. The good news is, whether you are just starting in the music business or are a seasoned pro, being able to get more music fans and promote your music really comes down to reaching the following three goals:

1. You have to get more people to check out your music.
2. You need the people who check out your music to give you some kind of support (either by buying your music, coming out to your shows, purchasing products your release, etc.)
3. You need to turn your fans into FANATICS to where they will tell others (on their own) about how great you and your music are.

No matter what it is that you are trying to achieve in the music business, the three goals mentioned above will apply to anything you do as long as you are trying to develop a strong relationship with your fans.

These goals may all seem to be separate from one another; however, they are in fact all connected. Once you are able to achieve success with any single one of them, you will greatly improve your chances for success with any of the others. As soon as you truly ‘get’ this basic truth, you will find it much easier to be productive in your efforts.
In order to achieve great success as you promote your music to your fans, you must learn how to think in a strategic manner rather than just taking inconsistent and isolated actions (a mistake that most musicians and bands make). Instead of trying to find a general formula that you can apply to help you get more fans for your music, you need to begin thinking in the same manner as most professional musicians. While training other musicians to succeed in their music careers, I help them understand how to find creative ideas that they can apply in their own music career in order to quickly gain more music fans. Once you gain the ability to think this way in your own music career, it will become much easier for you to overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of your promotional efforts.
To illustrate what I mean and give you various steps (that you can take right now to get more music fans), here are some quick and easy things you can do to accomplish all three of the music promotion goals mentioned above.

However, before I discuss this in more detail, you will be able to get much more benefit from reading this article if you take the time (right now) to assess your current understanding of how to attract music fans. Take this free test on how to promote a music career now before you read the following sections of this article. Open a separate tab in your browser now, finish the assessment and then come back when you are done.

Now that you have measured your current music promotion abilities, I am going to show you a few ways to promote your music. While you are reading, try to think creatively and focus on the ‘style’ of thinking that makes up the foundation for these ideas rather than just the ideas themselves. This will help you to better understand what makes them effective and how you can use them in your own music career.

Promoting Your Music Objective: Get more people to hear your music

Solution #1: Release music with other musicians on a compilation album. While releasing a compilation record with other artists, you not only release your own music, but the songs of others. This is important because once you do this you are able to promote your music to both your fans AND the fans of every other musician on the record. Remember, your main objective here is not necessarily to make a lot of money; but to utilize the album as an inexpensive tool for gaining much more exposure to new fans than what you would gain on your own. Later on, you can get maximum leverage out of this by promoting your own records, products or merchandise to your new extended network of fans. This idea of using one action to produce MANY benefits is one of the many success strategies that I train musicians to use in my Music Careers Mentoring Program.

Solution #2: Work together with other musicians locally. Instead of considering other local musicians to be your competition (for gaining more fans), work together with local musical artists of a similar genre to help you gain access to larger amount of fans who are interested in hearing and seeing you play music. One method for achieving this is to work with another band to perform at the same venue in an effort to bring together the fan base of both bands. By doing this, you will not only improve your relationship with the owner of the venue (because you are bringing in more people), but you will have the opportunity to advertise your music to the other band’s fan base (and them to yours). This idea is very fundamental, but in reality not many bands take initiative to actually go out and do it. On top of that, many bands make the mistake of sharing the venue with other bands who are not in their target market, or with bands who do not make a strong effort to attract their fans to the venue (thus taking away the mutual benefit). One example of pulling this idea off (which is fairly common in the music business) is when a band with a small following becomes and opening act for a much larger band. However, if you cannot find a highly successful band to open for you can still achieve this; you will need to simply find a band that contains musicians who have enough ambition to take ACTION and implement this strategy.

Promoting Your Music Objective: Get your fans to take the next step

Solution #1: Make sure that people have incentive to both be a fan of your music AND purchase your music. Those who have mastered the ability to successfully promote music find ways to get their fan base to buy their music as opposed to downloading it online for free. Additionally, they are able to take an average listener and turn him/her into a loyal fan. A great way to do this is to offer something special to people who actually BUY your music (that cannot be obtained by simply downloading it for free). To effectively do this, it is important that whatever you are offering cannot be easily reproduced through digital media. This could include things such as VIP passes to your concerts, merchandise or other creative and unique items. The main thing to get out this idea is that you can implement a single strategy to achieve good music promotion while also developing a stronger relationship between you and your fans.

Solution #2: Become familiar with your current fan base. It is easy to successfully promote yourself as a musician when you can put yourself out there to those who already give you their support whenever you pursue new projects in your musical career. Most musicians think that their biggest problem is a lack of music fans, when in fact, they simply do not know who their real fans are and how to get in touch with them. Instead of contacting these specific fans, a lot of musicians focus their efforts on the general public. The truth is, this approach can work; however, promoting your music in this manner will cost a great deal of money and time. To dramatically cut down on your costs with regards to money, energy and time; make your musical promotion more effective by finding an easy way to stay in touch with your fan base at all times.

Promoting Your Music Objective: Changing Casual Music Fans Into True Fanatics

Solution #1: Create unique events around your music that encourages your fans to interact with you in ways other than just listening to your songs or coming to your shows. There exist many different ways to do this (limited only by your personal creativity); however, no matter what you do, your main goal should always be to expand upon the relationship you have with your fans in order to close the gap between you are your fans.

Solution #2: Reward your greatest fans with unique items and attention that casual fans do not have access to. This can easily be tied together with the point made in solution #1 above or as an independent idea on its own. If you want the fans of your music to take initiative in a specific way (such as spreading your band’s reputation or music to their friends), think of things that you can offer to them that will really get them enthusiastic about what is going on beyond your music. When you do this, offer something that really helps to spread your band’s image as opposed to merely offering cash or “free t-shirts”. Go the extra mile to really offer your most loyal music fans something special.

As you have read, once you take a more detailed approach to understanding specifically what it is that you want to do when it comes to “gaining more music fans”, it’s a lot easier to understand specifically which action steps you must perform to make this happen. The majority of musicians only think about improving their music while trying to appeal to the general public, but doing this is only one aspect of musical promotion. Of course, your music is important; however there are aspects of your music career that you must work on in order to effectively get more fans for your music. As soon as you begin focusing on these aspects, you will start to gain much greater results in your music promotion efforts.
Start getting more fans of your music career by assessing your current promotional skills in this free assessment on how to promote a music career.

About The Author: 
Tom Hess is an electric guitar teacher online and a music career mentor. He plays guitar and tours with the band Rhapsody Of Fire. Tom also trains musicians on how to succeed in the music business. On hisprofessional musician website you can read many more articles about making a living with a music career.

Todd Morehead: Waves Of Shred entry

Todd Morehead in the driving seat!

Todd Morehead: My contest entry "Waves of Shred"

Waves Of Shred entry Todd Morehead

Tom Quayle,Yiannis Papadopoulos: Waves Of Shred Competition closes 1st June 2013

News: PRS Guitars, GRAND-AM, In Tune Monthly and DW Partner for Exciting Guitar Center Fan Day and “PRS Gear Heaven Party” Events

PRS Guitars, GRAND-AM, In Tune Monthly and DW Partner for
Exciting Guitar Center Fan Day and “PRS Gear Heaven Party” Events

Paul Reed Smith Guitars has teamed up with In Tune Monthly magazine, DW (Drum Workshop) and Guitar Center to help celebrate their 2013 official partnership with GRAND-AM Road Racing. For four consecutive years, PRS has partnered with GRAND-AM Road Racing’s Rolex Sports Car Series by providing race-winning teams with unique fully-functional trophy guitars. Guitar Center will be the exclusive retailer of a limited number of 2013 GRAND-AM replica trophy guitars and will host Guitar Center Fan Day events in select locations for the second year in a row. To heighten the excitement this year, PRS has invited fellow American instrument manufacturer, DW (Drum Workshop), to join the fun and help pump up Fan Day and “PRS Gear Heaven Party” events.

One of PRS’s favorite elements of these partnerships is the “Race to the Stage” component which gives one high school guitarist and one high school drummer the opportunity to win the chance to perform at a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event in his/her city. In Tune Monthly, the publication for music students and teachers in grades 7-12, and DW will be co-hosting the auditions at select Guitar Center locations. Guitar audition winners will take home a PRS SE electric guitar, PRS SE amplifier and a PRS 18ft instrument cable. Drum-playing winners get a DW All-Maple Performance Series 4-piece Drumset in Pewter Sparkle FinishPly(tm) with 9000 Series Hardware and Pedals Performance 4 piece tom pack w/ snare,16x20 bass, 9500TB, 9100M, 9000, 9300, (2) 9999, and 9700 heavy-duty hardware compliments of DW. Both winning teens will also get the opportunity to perform with PRS artist and blues phenom, Davy Knowles. For details and official rules on the “In Tune Race to the Stage” promotion, visit

Fan Day events bring players additional unique opportunities, including free setups on PRS guitars, in-depth product demonstrations by PRS and DW team members, the chance to meet GRAND-AM personnel and experience their interactive mobile display, which includes a race car, and the opportunity to tour DW’s Mobile Music Trailer filled with the latest DW and PRS gear
Fan Day events are planned throughout the season starting in New York on June 8th at Guitar Center Rochester with a race-day concert on June 28 at Watkins Glen International.  The action moves to Independence, MO for an August 3rd Fan Day at Guitar Center and a race-day concert at Kansas Speedway on Friday, August 16th. The season culminates with a final 2013 Fan Day at Guitar Center Manchester, CT on September 14th and a race-day concert at Lime Rock Park on September 27th.

In addition to the above schedule: PRS and DW have added two new events to the season, appropriately called “PRS Gear Heaven Party” events, to give musicians special VIP treatment while showing off all the latest PRS and DW gear.  The Gear Heaven Parties offer the  opportunity to hear demonstrations, meet artists, hang with PRS/DW/GC staff, mingle with our GRAND-AM Road racing friends and drivers, tour the DW Mobile Music Trailer filled with PRS and DW gear, play and even purchase gear, possibly win a prize or two and hear a concert by PRS and DW recording artists.  The schedule is as follows:

            June 29th PRS Gear Heaven Party at Watkins Glen International
            July 25th PRS Gear Heaven Party at the Indianapolis Hard Rock Café

For more information about PRS Gear Heaven Party events, please visit
For details and Official Rules of the “In Tune’s Race to the Stage,” please visit
Be sure to connect with PRS Guitars:, or
Follow the racing season at: and

News: Docker's Guild project dead... or merely resting?!

Docker's Guild
ANNOUNCEMENT: effective immediately, the Docker's Guild project is suspended until further notice. It doesn't mean it's canceled, but I can't justify keeping spending money with no returns. I have a hole of €50000 between the first album and the Darwin's Tears video that just won't come back, and it makes no sense for me to have my wife work 40 hours a week to pay my bills. I need to focus on earning money and I can't do that while I spend my days managing and promoting Docker's Guild with no results.

We've had almost no support or coverage from the press, very little from the label, no support from most of the special guests (truly bizarre as it would have been good promo for them as well...), the "fans" have sucked us dry with piracy. To move on we need to pay to go on tour, pay to go on the radio, pay the press to get simple news out, pay for the merch, pay for the promo, pay the band, pay to record, pay for everything. This mafia has to stop and WE get paid to lift a finger everything will grind to a halt.

A HUGE thank you to all the real fans that have been supporting the project by buying the CD, the merch, advertising and promoting us. YOU guys are great! I MIGHT open a crowd funding at some point to see if the next album can be financed that way. In the meantime, enjoy Season 1. I'm very proud of it and will try my best to make the next one even better.

Horns up!

Artur Tadevosyan: Strumming lesson

Artur Tadevosyan is in the business of strumming, an art that the single line player still needs to master if they are part of a band.

Strumming Lesson 3

Christie Lenée: announces Virginia Women’s Music Festival 2013 appearance

Christie Lenée
Christie Lenee
Ladies: Looking for something to do Memorial Day Weekend?!? Check out Campout VA Women's Music Festival in Kents Store, VA. It's an incredible sanctuary for music, peace, and open hearts. I will be playing on Saturday afternoon then enjoying the rest of the weekend with sunshine and good people. Come camp and hang out!

The Virginia Women’s Music Festival 2013 is set for May 24th through May 26th. Each year’s festival is better than the last. Don’t miss out. Get your tickets early. Join us for music, dancing, bonfires, and a Memorial Day celebration.

Music Lineup

Tret FureViRAGOChristine HavrillaWicked JezabelCrys MatthewsRed Letter Day
Christie LeneeIndigie FemmeVeronika JacksonChristy SnowSONiA & disappear fear
Mama's Black SheepNancy BeaudetteGina DeSimone & Pat QuinnZen Monkeys

I 100% recommend seeing this super talented player live!!

Christie Lenee - "Breath of Spring" - Zoom Acoustic Guitar Tapping

Carlos Arcay: Aurea - performance playthrough
Carlos Arcay performs the track ""AUREA"" .

-Programing and composing virtual vsti by Uxio Mayo.
-Video recording by Marite Suite
- All guitars by Carlos Arcay.
- Mixed, mastering and video edit by Carlos Arcay.

Feel free to share, comment and like.

Love and peace for all!"

Sam Bell,Andy James: Nevada Music - faces were melted by the ESP AJ-1

Sam Bell
Got a chance to catch Andy James at Nevada Music over the weekend, safe to say faces were melted! Andy James's amazing performance of 'What Lies Beneath' from his self titled album, live at the ESP AJ-1 clinic at Nevada Music UK. Many thanks to Andy for an amazing clinic and some amazing guitar playing and thoughts.

The ESP LTD Andy James AJ-1 Signature Electric Guitar puts all the sustain and punch of this renownedl guitarist within reach. This signature AJ-1 guitar, by the man behind the great guitar work of Sacred Mother Tongue, has features that favours the modern heavy metal genre. It starts with neck-thru construction that combines a Maple neck and a Mahogany body for outstanding sustain and continues with a thin U-shaped neck contour, Rosewood fretboard and 24 extra-jumbo frets.

Sound comes courtesy of 2 x Active EMG pickups with cool-looking brushed steel covers, you'll find and EMG 57 humbucker at the bridge accompanied by an EMG 66 in the neck position, both of which are powerful and versatile enough to require just a single Master Volume and 3-way Toggle to emulate your perfect metal sound. Hardware includes LTD locking machine heads and a string-thru-body tune-o-matic bridge to keep intonation tight and to optimise resonance and sustain.

The ESP LTD AJ-1 is a stunning rock/metal guitar and looks jaw-droppongly awesome in the flesh - so to speak - So make sure you put it on your list to try the next time you wander by the Nevada Music Warehouse.

Andy James 'What Lies Beneath' performance live at Nevada Music UK

Andy James ESP AJ-1 Guitar Demo Clinic at Nevada Music

Rick Graham: Improv with the new Ibanez

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