Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Trevor Rabin: new signature model Washburn guitar

Trevor Rabin
I'm excite that a signature model Washburn guitar will be released soon. As i've stated before, it's a magnificent guitar.

Brian Larkin: Toontrack Metal Guitar God 2013 "Erised" solo

Brian Larkin - Toontrack Metal Guitar God 2013 "Erised" solo

If you don't completely hate my playing in this video, please share it with your friends! This competition is driven by views until October 20th, and then it's all about the votes. Any help is appreciated - thanks!!!

Brian Larkin - Toontrack Metal Guitar God 2013 "Erised" solo

Ignazio Di Salvo: announces endorsement with GNG guitars

Ignazio Di Salvo

I'm very proud to announce my endorsement with GNG guitars! These Babies are simply outstanding and Giulio is a true artist. This is a seven string weapon and in the meantime I'm waiting for my Brea signature, a very original project. Video demo will follow really soon!

Derek Fillmore: ToonTrack Metal Guitar Gods 2013

My entry for the ToonTrack Metal Guitar Gods 2013 contest. Enjoy

Periphery - Erised (Solo) - ToonTrack Metal Guitar Gods 2013 Contest

Kenny Serane: Lâg Roxane Racing RR1500 RYE

Lâg Roxane Racing démo - RR1500 RYE - Kenny Serane

Gus Drax: Toontrack Metal Guitar God 2013

Hey guys here is my entry for the Metal Guitar Gods Contest of Toontrack. I tried to combine melodic playing and shredding. Hope you enjoy what i came up with. Vote,like and share my friends. Gus Drax

Luca Mantovanelli: Toontrack - Metal Guitar God 2013

Hi guys! Here's my entry for the Toontrack Metal Guitar God 2013 - Periphery Erised solo contest! Hope you enjoy!

Toontrack - Metal Guitar God 2013 - Periphery Erised Solo (Luca Mantovanelli)

Rizky Denisatyaputra,Gabriele Lazzerini: Song of Ben & C - YouTube International jam... thanks to EMG pick ups

We finally made it! Here you are the video of us jammin' over this amazing track. Cheers and enjoy it folks!

Gabriele Lazzerini would like to thank EMG pick ups, Luca Bimbi and Benedetta Colasanti for their amazing work and support

Song of Ben & C - International Jam by Rizky Denisatyaputra & Gabriele Lazzerini

Ciara Camacho: Born oF Osiris Divergency, Rosecrance and Recreate - great covers!

Born oF Osiris - Divergency
Divergency guitar cover Hope you will enjoy!

Born OF Osiris - Rosecrance

Born OF Osiris - Recreate (Guitar and Drum Cover)

Juan p Moran,Adolfo Fh: jam over for the 80´s

They use a PRS SE Dave Navarro and a Warmoth custom made for Juan, the signal goes through an axe fx 2 directly to the computer.

Lot of technique and emotional feeling on the tune, just great.

Juan p Moran and Adolfo Fh, impressive jam over an 80´s backingtrack

Yasi Hofer,Steve Vai: jamming session

Steve Vai and Yasi jamming
A video of another jam with Steve Vai at one of his shows in Switzerland This time a better quality :) Enjoy!

Leslie West: Two Weeks to the new album... order it already!

Leslie West 2 weeks long
by mascotlabelgroup

The new studio album "Still Climbing", will be released Oct 28 in EU and Oct 29 in US/Rest of World on Provogue Records.
Pre-order EU: US:

Balls, guts, heart — more words that are part of West's legend and describe the roaring crescendos and deep emotional roots of Still Climbing — and West himself. "You know, when it comes to talent, we don't all move at the same rate of speed," West muses. "Some people start at the top of their game and after 10 or 20 years you wonder what the hell happened to them. I like to joke that the older I get the better I used to be, but after giving up drugs and smoking, my voice can hit notes that I never could reach before. I'm thankful for that."

Checkout Leslie West's official website: | Facebook: @mascotlabelgroup | Twitter: @MascotLabelGrou

Album Track Listing

01. Dyin’ Since The Day I Was Born (with special guest Mark Tremonti)
02. Busted, Disgusted or Dead (with special guest Johnny Winter)
03. Fade Into You
04. Not Over You At All
05. Tales Of Woe
06. Feeling Good (with special guest Dee Snider)
07. Hatfield or McCoy
08. When A Man Loves A Woman (with special guest Jonny Lang)
09. Long Red
10. Don’t Ever Let Me Go (with special guest Dylan Rose)
11. Rev Jones Time (Somewhere Over The Rainbow)

Paul Masvidal: Cynic: Part 2/3 Interview

Paul Masvidal - Cynic: Part 2/3 Interview - Luke Dennis chats with Paul Masvidal of Cynic. Follow the link to view the complete first and second parts of this interview with text, pictures, and video. Stay tuned for part 3 coming on October 23rd and subscribe to check out new updates every Wednesday! 00:34 - Eastern scales, ragas, and theory in guitar playing 01:47 - Studying Indian music 02:53 - Fitting into the death and thrash music scene in early 90's 06:21 - Returning to the scene with 'Traced In Air' 06:32 - Frustration in music business & getting heard 08:20 - The search for the truth vs. search for a lie Part 1: Please note that this video was filmed on November 7th, 2011. Unfortunately, the footage was part of a hard drive crash, which delayed the release of the video and forced us to move on to other ongoing projects at the time. Fortunately, we were able to recover most of the files and put together the finished version of the i...

Danilo Ciamprone: Metal Guitar God Toontrack - Erised Periphery

Metal Guitar God Toontrack - Erised Periphery
Metal Guitar God Contest by Toontrack - Erised (Periphery Solo) Helloooo :) This is my entry for the Metal Guitar God contest 2013 by Toontrack This is also my personal tribute to one of my favorite \m/etal bands, Periphery and their amazing Erised track. I liked very much this recording 'on the fly', hope you will like it too. Please support me voting my video if you like my solo. Gear Used: Ibanez Prestige RG 3550 MZ Pickups: DiMarzio AirNorton - True Velvet - ToneZone Fractal Axe FX II ErnieBall Strings .010 .046 I used Ziriyab pick by Essetipick Proud to be part the Metal Guitar God Contest 2013! If you'd like to keep in touch with me, don't forget to add me as facebook friend ;)

Samuli Federley: Toontrack Metal Guitar God entry

Samuli Federley - Toontrack Metal Guitar God entry
Here's my entry, hope you enjoy it! Please check out

News: Jammit App - adding tracks from Dream Theater, Megadeth and Judas Priest

Jammit – the ultimate play along app and music platform for aspiring musicians – has recently added more than a dozen classic tracks from heavy metal pioneers Judas PriestMegadeth and prog-metal legends Dream Theater to its vast music library. The Jammit catalog of artists ranges from Nirvana and Pantera to BostonDeep PurpleFoo Fighters along with the modern metal of Mastodon and Five Finger Death Punch with hundreds more across multiple genres.

Highlights of this latest catalog expansion include Judas Priest’s seminal metal anthem “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” Megadeth’s “Youthanasia” and Dream Theater’s 7-part epic “A Change Of Seasons.” In addition, Jammit’s “Weekly Priest” promotion promises a new Judas Priest track available every Wednesday for a limited time.

Jammit is the only app in the world that gives users an all-access pass to live that rock star experience -- the power to play on the original hit recordings, right along with the original artists. Available for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Mac and Windows desktop (with an Android version in development), the free Jammit app download allows musicians of all skill levels to not only play over original master recordings but to slow them down or speed them up. With Jammit, users can actually play along to the isolated tracks recorded by their heroes without having to hear all of the other instruments simultaneously. It's a groundbreaking and game-changing concept for guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists and singers everywhere.

Jammit debuted soon after being named the best iOS app at the MacWorld Expo by Mac | Life magazine. Jammit has since expanded both its platform compatibility and its music catalog: Jammit’s diverse selection of songs spans the history of popular music, with nearly 2,000 individual tracks now available from over 200 artists spanning all genres of rock music, as well as Country, Pop and Blues.

Jammit’s extensive library of original multi-track recordings plugs users into the actual recording sessions, from rock classics to the latest releases. Along with its unprecedented access to original recordings from some of rock’s most recognizable and innovative artists, Jammit offers a variety of features that accelerate the process of learning new songs. Tracks are rated for difficulty (on a 1-5 scale) and individually priced for each instrument. Some of the most difficult and most popular tracks come from the intricate prog-rock of YesRush and Dream Theater.

Users can click on any part of the screen to isolate that one bar that they're trying to master. There's a timing reference added so that the rhythm is completely correct, and in addition to offering standard musical notation for every song, transcriptions for guitar and bass can be viewed in the more familiar tablature format. “Drummers can play along to Neal Peart. Guitar players have the opportunity to hone in on that gnarly John Petrucci solo and then take it on. It's the ultimate 21st century stage,” says Jammit founder and renowned music producer Scott Humphrey (Rob Zombie, Mötley Crüe, Fuel).

The latest additions to the Jammit catalog are as follows:

Dream Theater
“A Change Of Seasons” (Pt. I)
“A Change Of Seasons” (Pt. II, III)
“A Change Of Seasons” (Pt. IV, V)
“A Change Of Seasons” (Pt. VI, VII)

Judas Priest
“You've Got Another Thing Comin’”
“Screaming For Vengeance”
“Riding on the Wind”
“Pain and Pleasure”
“Devil's Child”
“(Take These) Chains”
“The Sentinel”
“Love Bites”

“The Killing Road”

For the complete list of available songs, to download the free Jammit app, or for more information, go to or the app store.

Guthrie Govan: adding the icing to the Steven Wilson Cake. See this band on tour!

Bristol Colston Hall 15-10-2013 - mini review

It's not often I can get out with the shred children to see bands of such high quality visiting little old Bristol. There is no support act, so get there on time. T-Shirts, DVDs's, CD's from the band and specials from the band members, so take some cash too. This is a new era for progressive bands, the atmospheric lights, the back projections... with some of the best musicians on the planet. If, like me, you can recall the 70's and 80's you'll have that nostalgic hunger for the epic songs that progressive bands deliver.

Guitar players would do well to see Guthrie Govan at this show, as you'll soon understand why he is one of the best players on the planet and here you'll see what takes to get to the next level. Guthrie is able to coax any number and all manner of sounds from his guitar, e-bow, glass slide and the whole panoply of guitar pedals at his disposal. Guthrie Govan is true craftsmanship in a band context.

Steven Wilson is a funny guy and natural band leader, leading the band through 15 minute abridged version of well known tunes with aplomb. Pausing to discuss the recent Australian tour, the new recordings.. Steven does all this in bare feet and that contrasts sharply with Guthrie's big boots (as my daughter tells me). We did have a little disaster halfway through as shred junior lost one of his ear plugs... but all in all a great show.

See this band on tour... Guthrie Govan adds the icing to the Steven Wilson Cake.... did I mention Chad Wackerman, Nick Beggs and Adam Holzman?

the set list

A few photos of the gear taken with my old phone... you can see his Victory amps and Fender Jazzmaster (I think) The sound was great. My new prog era begins...

Steven Wilson - Drive Home

Steven Wilson
Kscope have released a 1-minute clip taken from the forthcoming video for 'Drive Home' directed by Jess Cope, which you can see below.

Steven Wilson's 'Drive Home' set is now available to pre-order on Burning Shed and it will be released in two different editions, DVD+CD and Blu-ray+CD. It features unreleased tracks, videos, live recordings, high-definition audio and a documentary. More information can be found here -

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New 2 disc set from Steven Wilson featuring unreleased tracks, videos, live recordings and high-resolution audio – available on Blu-ray & CD and CD & DVD

Available from October 21st (22nd in US/CA)

In February 2013 Steven Wilson released 'The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)', his third solo album. The album was a huge critical and commercial success, earning numerous 5 star reviews and charting well across the world, debuting at #3 in the German national chart, #28 in the UK top 40, #57 in the US Billboard top 200, #16 in Holland and #17 in Finland.

Prior to these dates, Drive Home, a new audio-visual package will be released as a Blu-ray & CD set and as a CD & DVD set.

The Blu-ray and DVD feature the new video for lead track 'Drive Home' along with the video for 'The Raven That Refused To Sing', both directed by Jess Cope. They also include four tracks recorded live in Frankfurt during the recent tour.

In addition, the Blu-ray and DVD feature audio recordings of two previously unreleased tracks, 'The Birthday Party' and an orchestral version of 'The Raven That Refused To Sing'. 'The Birthday Party' was recorded in LA at the same sessions as the tracks that made up the album while the version of 'The Raven That Refused To Sing' is a new mix that strips the track back to just the orchestra and vocals.

All the songs on the Blu-Ray and DVD are mixed in both stereo and 5.1 sound, including the two audio only titles. The audio on the Blu-Ray is full lossless 96/24 throughout. These tracks are also included on the CD, along with the audio from the live tracks and an edit of 'Drive Home'.

Track listing:

Disc 1 - Blu-Ray (Region 0, NTSC) / DVD:
1 Drive Home (Video) 08:20
2 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Video) 07:49
3 The Holy Drinker (Live In Frankfurt Video) 10:25
4 Insurgentes (Live In Frankfurt Video) 04:30
5 The Watchmaker (Live In Frankfurt Video) 11:52
6 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Live In Frankfurt Video) 08:12
7 The Birthday Party 03:46
8 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Orchestral Version) 07:29

Disc 2 - CD:
1 Drive Home (Edit) 04:08
2 The Birthday Party 03:46
3 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Orchestral Version) 07:29
4 The Holy Drinker (Live In Frankfurt) 10:25
5 Insurgentes (Live In Frankfurt) 04:30
6 The Watchmaker (Live In Frankfurt) 11:52
7 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Live In Frankfurt) 08:12

Steven Wilson's The Raven that Refused to Sing (and Other Stories) named ‘ALBUM OF THE YEAR’ at Progressive Music Awards

Steven Wilson was awarded the prestigious album of the year award for his recent masterpiece The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) at the second annual Progressive Music Awards. The awards, organised by Prog magazine, were presented at a ceremony in London's Kew Gardens. Other winners on the night included Marillion (much of who's catalogue is available on Madfish, Kscope's sister label) who were named 'Band of the Year' and Family who won the inaugural 'Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award' for the 14 CD career spanning boxset. More details on all the winners can be found here.

Tour Dates for 2013

2nd – Melbourne – Billboard – Australia 
3rd – Sydney – Metro Theatre - Australia 
5th – Brisbane – Tivoli – Australia

15th - Bristol - Colston Hall - United Kingdom
17th - Wolverhampton - Civic Hall - United Kingdom
18th - Newcastle - City Hall - United Kingdom
20th - London - Royal Albert Hall - United Kingdom
23rd - Nijmegen - Concertgebouw De Vereeniging - Netherlands
24th - Leuven - Het Depot - Belgium
26th - Bremen - Pier 2 - Germany
27th - Bielefeld - Ringlokschuppen - Germany
28th - Hannover - Theatre am Aegi - Germany
30th - Dresden - Alter Schlachthof - Germany

1st - Leipzig - Theatrefabrik - Germany
2nd - Vienna - Gasometer - Austria
3rd - Erlangen - Heinrich Lades Halle - Germany
5th - Lyon - Le Transbordeur - France
6th - Bordeaux - Rock School Barbey - France
8th - Madrid - Auditorium Principe Felipe - Spain
10th - Marseille - Espace Julien - France
12th - Lausanne - Les Docks - Switzerland
13th - Bologna - Duse Theatre - Italy
14th - Padova - Geox Theatre - Italy
22nd - Luebeck - Rolling Stone Weekender - Germany
23rd - Aarhus - Train - Denmark
24th - Gothenburg - Tradgarn - Sweden
26th - Helsinki - The Circus - Finland
29th - Poznan - MTP2 Hall - Poland
30th - Zabrze - House Of Music And Dance – Poland

To buy tickets, visit:

Kristian Larsen: Shawn Lane - Maria - super tribute to the master

Today it's been 10 years since Shawn Lane's death. This is my humble take on Shawn's song "Maria" which is featured on his album "The Tri-Tone Fascination". I've always wanted to cover a song of Shawn's and this felt like the perfect time to do it. Please enjoy my tribute to the greatest guitar player, in my opinion, that ever lived.

Shawn Lane - Maria (Tribute/cover by Kristian Larsen)