Saturday, 13 July 2013

Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann: four days to go folks!

Ladies and gentlemen, it's now only FOUR DAYS until the release of our new album Culture Clash, and we've got one last preview video to tease you with. :-)

This one's a complete song, and it's the title track of the album. Our friends at posted it for us, and you can check it out by clicking right here.

There's still time to pre-order "Culture Clash" in either Deluxe Edition (with bonus DVD featuting studio footage and interview) or Standard CD...and snazzy t-shirts as well. Remember, pre-orders come with a digital download code that you get e-mailed on July 16, so if you pre-order you'll be the first to hear the whole album in glorious hi-def audio.

Just click here to check out the Aristo-webstore and pre-order Culture Clash.

Four more days! And then a tour, let's not forget:


7/17 - Nashville, TN - Douglas Corner
7/19 - Tampa, FL - Brass Mug
7/20 - Orlando, FL - West End Trading Company
7/21 - Jacksonville, FL - 1904 Music Hall
7/23 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Institute of Music (clinic/performance)
7/24 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Purgatory)
7/25 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall (Casbah)
7/26 - Raleigh, NC - Pour House Music Hall
7/27 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
7/29 - Boston, MA - Berklee College of Music (clinic)
7/30 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center (concert)
7/31 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - River St. Jazz Cafe
8/1 - New York City, NY - Highline Ballroom
8/2 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
8/3 - Dunellen, NJ - New Jersey Proghouse
8/6 - Pittsburgh, PA - Hard Rock Cafe
8/7 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
8/8 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Café
8/9 - Cincinnati, OH - Southgate House Revival
8/10 - Charleston, WV - Empty Glass
8/12 - Detroit MI - Token Lounge
8/13 - Indianapolis, IN - Birdy's
8/14 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
8/15 - Madison, WI - Brink Lounge
8/16 - St. Paul, MN - The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
8/17 - Omaha, NE - Shamrock's
8/19 - St. Louis, MO - 2720 Cherokee
8/20 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
8/21 - Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
8/23 - Denton, TX - Dan's Silverleaf
8/24 - Houston, TX - Rudyard's Pub
8/25 - Austin, TX - Saxon Pub

Thanks for your support, and hope to see you out on the road!

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats

Paul Bielatowicz: Indiegogo is all systems go!

Paul Bielatowicz's Solo Album: Preludes & Etudes
Virtuoso classical repertoire performed on electric guitar in its purest form - just a guitar, an old amp and LOTS of practice!

Well, that's it, the campaign is over and we smashed the target! A HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed towards it being such a success, I've been genuinely touched by all your words of support and generosity. Not only have you given me the means to make the album, you've also given me a reason to make the album... I better get to work! :o)

Paul Bielatowicz Clair De Lune tapping electric guitar - pre-show practice

Ian Crichton: Ian Crichton - 2CD, DVD and Blu-Ray live video releases date announced

earMUSIC will issue a new live release from SAGA, entitled Spin It Again - Live In Munich, this September.

Featuring more than two hours of music, the release, filmed and recorded in Munich during the final night of the band's successful 20:20 tour will be available on 2CD, DVD and Blu-Ray.

'Anywhere You Wanna Go'
'Mouse In A Maze'
'Careful Where You Step'
'The Perfectionist'
'You're Not Alone'
'Spin It Again'
'The Flyer'
'Fish Beat'
'Six Feet Under'
'The Cross'
'Time's Up'
'Scratching The Surface'
'Tired World (Chapter 6)'
'Humble Stance'
'On The Loose'
'Wind Him Up'
'Don't Be Late (Chapter 2)'

SAGA "Spin It Again - Live in Munich" on 2CD / DVD / BLU-RAY - OUT SEPTEMBER 2013

Kiko Loureiro: talks to Horns Up Rocks about the Sounds Of Innocence

The guitar skills of Kiko Loureiro (Pedro Henrique Loureiro) from Angra are widely recognized by legions of Heavy Music fans worldwide. You may remember when Angra broke into the music scene in the early 90s and how Kiko's guitar playing caught the attention of your beloved ear drums. Ever since then, his technique has only gotten better and smoother. This is ultimately what helped Kiko establish himself as one of the best guitarists to ever come from Latin America. Add some great song writing skills and you get quality records such as his latest solo album 'Sounds Of Innocence'.

On his latest solo album Kiko takes the listener through a roller coaster of guitar sounds that hit the soul and give you immediate goosebumps. Instrumental albums are very tricky since they really need to be well written and produced. Thankfully, Kiko nailed it on 'Sounds Of Innocence' and this record might be his best one yet. You be the judges.

On Monday, July 8, we met up with Kiko at Primary Wave Music in New York City to chat with him in detail about the production and vision of 'Sound Of Innocence' (available now via Victor Entertainment). We also discussed Angra's upcoming plans, surviving the music industry and the rise of South American Metal. Without further due, here is our exclusive interview with Kiko Loureiro!

ANGRA's Kiko Loureiro: 'Sounds Of Innocence', Surviving the Music Industry & South American Metal!

Luca Mantovanelli: T.E.N & Friends Contest

Hi guys! Here's my entry for T.E.N. & friends guitar contest, hope you like!
Special thanks to Anouck Andre and TEN effects!

T.E.N & Friends Contest - Luca Mantovanelli

check this great jazz playing

Luca Mantovanelli Plays DV MARK MULTIAMP - Jazz, funk, rock, smooth and heavy metal sounds

Ten and Friends competition

Brennan Dylan: ripping it up for T.E.N. & Friends Contest

This is the second video I shot for T.E.N & Friends Contest. There was something just not right about the first one but I couldn't put my finger on it until I started playing yesterday. I'm sponsored by Gary Kramer Guitar and have 2 of their guitars. The one I usually use is called 'Animal' because its a wild SOB that was made to howl like a jungle beast and can take a pounding. That is the one I used for my 1st contest idea but I didn't really like it because the sound just wasn't there. 'Animal' is higher pitched than my orange GKG. So after a few tries yesterday I put 'Animal' back in its cage and gave my orange one a go. I thoroughly enjoyed playing to the backing track and am happy with the way this video turned out. I hope you enjoy it as well.

T.E.N. & Friends Contest- Brennan Dylan

Ten and Friends competition

Stefan Lindholm: Vindictiv and Raven Lord warms up!

Stefan Lindholm from Vindictiv and Raven Lord, warming up.


News: 9ELECTRIC is releasing its debut full length album this fall and need your help!

For years now it has become more and more obvious that the Sunset Strip is still very much alive with the sounds of rock and roll. Now local Electronic Hard Rock band 9Electric is ready to step up and join their friends at the next level as they attempt to crowd raise the funds to go worldwide.

Having toured with various popular metal and hard rock acts from Static-X and Butcher Babies, to Davey Suicide, Emmure, and Ill Nino, 9Electric have been dedicatedly building an ever growing fan base. The local rockers have already raised $20,000 on their own and are looking for fans, investors, and friends to get in on helping them make the second half and are willing to give away insane incentives to help get them there. They have the drive, they have a plan, and they have the album.

Album includes guest appearances from Wayne Static (Static-X) and Heidi Shepherd (Butcher Babies).

9Electric are available for interviews, press photos, and footage.

Jeremy Krull: (de)Tested the new album - track details announced

Jeremy Krull
Okay folks, I said earlier in the week that I'd be posting a track listing for the new record, and so here it is.

The core songs of the record are as follows:

"(de)Tested", the new studio album from Jeremy Krull

1. The Onset Of Lividity
2. Needle Pit
3. The Man With No Name
4. Nontegrity
5. Rudnick
6. Know That I'm Not Lying
7. The Only Way Out

(Final release format will also feature an intro track as well as interludes between certain songs)

Production, engineering, and mixing will take place entirely at the Strategic Sonics 'Scourge Of The West' studio in North Hollywood, CA.

Possible guest appearances to follow.

Thank you all so much for caring and showing interest,


Jack Gardiner: Wonderful Slippery and Never Too Much - funky live band cover

The Robert Mather Band - Wonderful Slippery Thing (Cover) Live@Eric's

The Robert Mather Band - Never Too Much (Cover) Live@Eric's

Richard Hallebeek, Thorsten Praest,Sietse Huisman: Jazz Rock TV review the latest fusion releases

You're German may not be too great... but the music they talk about is!  In fact I turned on the translate to english option... which kept me amused between the track resumes :)

We're checking CD releases from Sietse Huisman, Nils Landgren, Claude Pauly, GUT, Richard Hallebeek and Pato Muñoz.

Sietse Huisman
Nils Landgren
Claude Pauly
Richard Hallebeek
Pato Muñoz
see more episodes on

JazzrockTV #65 CD-Tipps

Doug Cartwright: Leigh Costanza - A Singularity

Doug is a professional musician living in London, UK. He is an accomplished live performer, composer and tutor and has years of experience as a workshop leader and product demonstrator.

Qualification Summary

~BMus (Hons.) Popular Music Performance
~Licentiate Diploma in Music Teaching [LRSL]
~BTEC ND Pop. Music Performance
~NSPCC Child Protection Awareness Programme

This is a one-off collaboration with my friend Leigh Costanza, available as a free download. All we ask in return is that you share it with as many friends as possible!

Doug Cartwright: Guitars, Bass
Leigh Costanza: Drums

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Doug Cartwright

Thanks to: Charlotte Speechley, Harrison Parker, Chris Hodges, Patrick Hufschmid

Masahiro Aoki: Godspeed Vivix - G.O.D. Covers G.O.D.

"Chili Under" from the album "G.O.D. GUITARISTS ON DEMAND" covered by Godspeed.
Original Compositon by YAMATO (
We've launched G.O.D. COVER CONTEST. Below are the details. (English and Japanese)
G.O.D. is now available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CDBaby and other major digital distribution services.

Godspeed Vivix: Guitarists On Demand

My rigs are the following:
T's Guitars DST22 Deluxe
MAGIX Vandal
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X7
大和さんの"Chili Under"を一部抜粋して演奏しました。
iTunes、Amazon MP3、CDBabyなどで好評配信中。、タワーレコード、HMV等で発売中です。
[G.O.D. COVERS G.O.D.] Chili Under / YAMATO (covered by Godspeed)

"thread safe" from serenade mini album "growl"

"Frontier" from "G.O.D. GUITARISTS ON DEMAND"

Rick Graham: the 365 day transformation coming soon!

Rick Graham
So I've decided to dedicate a page on my website to the transformation I made (did anyone notice? lol). It'll be up next week with pics and details on how I did it, diet, training routines, how I stayed motivated etc. There's just no way that I can reply to the sheer number of messages I've had regarding this. It's crazy. So if you have messaged me but not had a reply, my apologies. Will keep you updated with the transformation page. Have a great weekend!

I can't wait... looking forward to getting some tips!