Thursday, 12 June 2014

Jeremy Krull: Behind (de)Tested

Part 1 of a series of videos talking about the inspiration and concept for the (de)Tested album.

It's going to be boring.

Jeremy Krull - Behind (de)Tested (Part 1)

Nita Strauss: Alice Cooper Kicks Off North American Tour With Release of “Super Duper” DVD And New Guitarist Nita Strauss

Alice Cooper Kicks Off North American Tour With Release of “Super Duper” DVD And New Guitarist Nita Strauss
Acclaimed Documentary “Super Duper Alice Cooper” Out On DVD, Blu-Ray, Deluxe, and Digital Formats Now From Eagle Rock Entertainment

New York, NY (June 12, 2014) — Following the April premiere of Super Duper Alice Cooper at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the subsequent release of the documentary on DVD, Blu-Ray, Deluxe Editions, and digital formats this month via Eagle Rock Entertainment, rock’s greatest showman, Alice Cooper, heads out on a lengthy North American tour.
The summer trek starts with three shows in Michigan June 26-28 before Cooper joins Motley Crue’s final “All Bad Things Must Come To An End” tour as a Very Special Guest on July 2nd, running through late November.
The tour marks the debut of Alice’s new guitarist Nita Strauss, who was recently ranked #1 on Guitar World’s list of “10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know.”  She takes the place of Orianthi, who has toured with Alice for the past few years.  Nita, who has made her name in bands including the Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale, and LA Kiss, joins Alice’s band’s three guitar attack, which also features guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, plus longtime bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.

Masahiro Aoki: Godspeed Vivix - Inside Japan’s Doujin Scene - vgmonline interview

Chris: Through your personal ViViX label, you have released a series of rock-influenced original albums. What rock artists and guitarists particularly inspire you? To what extent have they influenced your work?

Masahiro Aoki: There are several rock guitarists that I admire so much that they have become heroes to me. I’ve received a lot of influence from many famous rock guitarists such as TAK MATSUMOTO from B’z, Yngwie Malmsteem, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, and such. And while I was in the middle of copying their music through guitar, I eventually found myself frustrated by feelings that had one root: “I want to put 100% into making music that I like”. That was the excuse I made for myself so I could start composing my own songs, and even now, the concept that is the most important for me whenever I’m composing is “making something that I know I want to hear”.

Now I think about it, all of the guitar heroes I like so much are also great composers themselves. They all have representatives songs and phrases that have become sort of trademarks. This was another of the reasons that pushed me to become a composer. And furthermore, they also have first-class producers at their side. If I ever thought of what kind of attitude I’d have if I was a guitarist myself, it’d be one in which I’d have a heavy influence over the label owner that was at my side.

News: Peavey Electronics® Launches Spider-Man™ Guitar Giveaway

Peavey Electronics® Launches Spider-Man™ Guitar Giveaway

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Joe Bonamassa: competition for 5 people to attend an acoustic performance in London

Peter Noble
Classic Rock Magazine is running an exclusive competition for 5 people to attend an acoustic performance from Joe Bonamassa in central London on Tuesday 17th June. Win
Photo: Jerry Tremaine
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Michael Amott,Nick Cordle: Arch Enemy - world tour dates

Earlier this week, metal icons ARCH ENEMY unleashed their new album, War Eternal, across the world, with critics hailing it as their "strongest album in years" (Decibel Magazine). To kick-off the War Eternal campaign, the band launched an extensive European tour, which is currently underway through the rest of the year. In addition to these dates, ARCH ENEMY will also make their much-anticipated return to North American soil this October/November! Featuring KREATOR, HUNTRESS, and STARKILL as support, this headlining trek will be the band's first tour in the States since 2011-- and the first US tour to feature new members Alissa White-Gluz (vocals) and Nick Cordle (guitar)!

ARCH ENEMY's Michael Amott (guitar) comments: "It's been three long years since ARCH ENEMY last played North America, but now the wait is over! We're riding a veritable metal tsunami in Europe with our new album 'War Eternal' and look forward to spreading the chaos on this N.A. run! ARCH ENEMY is very proud and excited to be teaming up with Teutonic thrash titans KREATOR as well as HUNTRESS and STARKILL! Miss this show at your own peril!"

KREATOR's Mille Petrozza (vocals, guitar) adds: "Both bands have been talking about touring together for many years, now it becomes reality: KREATOR and ARCH ENEMY on one bill in the USA and Canada! We are looking forward to another killer run in support of our album 'Phantom Antichrist' before we will start writing new stuff in 2015! With ARCH ENEMY's new album 'War Eternal' being a monster, this will be THE metal tour of the fall. Don`t miss it!"

See below for all upcoming dates. VIP tickets for the North American tour are now available here:

23.10.2104 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
24.10.2104 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY *
25.10.2104 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
26.10.2104 - Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY
27.10.2104 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
28.10.2104 - Imperial Theater - Quebec City, QC
29.10.2014 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
1.11.2014 - The Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB *
2.11.2014 - Riddell Centre - Regina, SK *
3.11.2014 - Macewan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB *
4.11.2014 - Union Hall - Edmonton, AB *
6.11.2014 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC *
7.11.2014 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA *
8.11.2014 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR *
10.11.2014 - Regency Center - San Francisco, CA
11.11.2014 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
12.11.2014 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
14.11.2014 - The Marquee - Tempe, AZ
15.11.2014 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM *
16.11.2014 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
18.11.2014 - Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN *
19.11.2014 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
20.11.2014 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
21.11.2014 - Majestic Theatre - Detroit, MI
22.11.2014 - Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH
23.11.2014 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
*=without STARKILL

ARCH ENEMY - live in Europe:
13.06.2014 - Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany ***
14.06.2014 - Conrad Sohm - Dornbirn, Austria
15.06.2014 - Nova Rock - Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 - Rock am Härtsfeldsee - Dischingen, Germany
28.06.2014 - Inferno Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland
09.07.2014 - RockMaraton - Pecs, Hungary
11.07.2014 - Rock Harz Open Air - Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 - Masters Of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 - Seven Festival - Wegorzewo, Poland
17.07.2014 - Devilstone Festival - Anyksciai, Lithuania
18.07.2014 - American Beauty Car Show - Haapsalu, Estonia
19.07.2014 - Dong Open Air - Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
02.08.2014 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 - Getaway Rock - Gävle, Sweden
08.08.2014 - Leyendas Del Rock - Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 - Alcatraz Metal Festival - Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 - Summer Breeze - Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17.08.2014 - Alt-Fest - Kettering, UK
17.09.2014 - Kerubi - Joensuu, Finland
18.09.2014 - Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland
19.09.2014 - The Circus - Helsinki, Finland
20.09.2014 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, Finland
22.09.2014 - Re:Republic - Minsk, Belarus
23.09.2014 - Yunost' - Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 - Arena Hall - Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 - Glav Club - Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 - Zal Ozhidaniya - Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 - Otdykh Club - Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 - Angar Club - Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 - Tele Club - Yekaterinburg, Russia
19.10.2014 - Loudpark 2014 - Saitama City, Japan
26.11.2014 - Le Transbordeur - Lyon, France **
27.11.2014 - L'Usine - Istres, France **
01.12.2014 - Le Bikini - Toulouse, France **
02.12.2014 - Le Bataclan - Paris, France **
04.12.2014 - 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands **
05.12.2014 - MHP Arena - Ludwigsburg, Germany **
06.12.2014 - Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, Germany **
07.12.2014 - Garage - Saarbrücken, Germany **
08.12.2014 - Docks - Hamburg, Germany **
09.12.2014 - Huxleys - Berlin, Germany **
11.12.2014 - Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, Germany **
12.12.2014 - Eventhall - Geiselwind, Germany **
13.12.2014 - Tonhalle - München, Germany **
14.12.2014 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland **
16.12.2014 - Institute - Birmingham, UK **
17.12.2014 - O2 Academy - Bristol, UK **
18.12.2014 - The Forum - London, UK **
19.12.2014 - Academy - Manchester, UK **
20.12.2014 - Academy - Dublin, Ireland **
21.12.2014 - QMU - Glasgow, UK **
22.12.2014 - O2 Academy - Newcastle, UK **
**=supporting KREATOR

To purchase War Eternal, head over to iTunes or AmazonMP3 for a digital copy with a bonus track; a variety of physical formats are also available at CM Distro and your local retailer:
--Standard CD
--Ltd. CD Mediabook Europe version (+ bonus track & patch)
--Digipak CD US version (+ bonus track, patch & sticker)
--Deluxe 3CD Artbook (+ bonus track & patch):
--worldwide limited to 2,500 hand-numbered copies
--extended booklet
--"Seeds Of War - The Demos" 5-track bonus CD
--guitar tabs (PDF and Guitar Pro 6 format w/ Guitar Pro 6 Lite Win & Mac versions)
--extra CD with instrumental play-through version of the album
--LP, 180gr, gatefold cover, special vinyl mastering:
--black vinyl: worldwide not limited
--silver vinyl: 300 copies
--red vinyl: 200 copies exclusive at CM Distro USA
--gold Vinyl: 100 copies exclusive at CM Distro Europe
--white vinyl: 200 copies exclusive at Nuclear Blast Europe
--bootleg green vinyl: 500 copies exclusive at USA indie retailers

For a preview of War Eternal, be sure to check out the following previously released videos:
--"War Eternal" music video:
--"As The Pages Burn" lyric video:
--"You Will Know My Name" music video:
--"No More Regrets" music video:
--Album track-by-track with Michael Amott (guitar) and Alissa White-Gluz (vocals) pt. 1:
--Album track-by-track with Michael Amott (guitar) and Alissa White-Gluz (vocals) pt. 2:

ARCH ENEMY online:

Devin Townsend: has been hard at work on the new Z2 record

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT invites you to sing on 'Z2'

Devin Townsend has been hard at work on the new Z2 record for the past few months, getting it ready to welcome Ziltoid The Omniscient back this autumn. Much like Devin did with the "Lucky Animals" video from Epicloud, he is now inviting fans to leave their stamp on the forthcoming album by asking them to submit their vocals for a selection of songs and take their spot in what he has dubbed "The Universal Choir".

For full details about how you can participate (and even get a sneak peek at 3 songs from the new record), head over to The Universal Choir website to find out more:

Devin comments:
"Hey all, 'Ziltoid 2' is upon us! I'm deep in the recording of this double album, and as part of the theme, Ziltoid the alien joins forces with the humans...and what better way to express that then to invite you all to sing along? The 'Universal Choir' is a platform in which vocal parts are explained, and then provides you a way to upload your singing contributions that we will edit together into one, big choir! The parts are a little tricky but perfection is not required, just enthusiasm. Feel free to overdub yourself, get a bunch of friends together, or just yell along, the bigger the better. Send it back and we will then assemble the 'Universal Choir' which will actually be part of the new recording. It should be fun! (Or a total chaotic mess :) but let's try either way! The website, (which works best if it's not on a mobile device), explains all the parts, with demonstrations and backing tracks. The hope is that a lot of people will upload themselves singing the parts, and then we assemble it and add it to the record. Come sing on Ziltoid's album, and have a great time!"
- Devin Townsend

The deadline for submissions is June 25th, so get singing now!

3.7.2014 - Rock City, Nottingham - UK
4.7.2014 - The Assembly, Leamington Spa - UK
6.7.2014 - Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth - UK
2.8.2014 - Wacken Open Air, Schleswig-Holstein - Germany
5.8.2014 - Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht - Netherlands
6.8.2014 - Luxor, Cologne - Germany
7.8.2014 - Bi Nuu, Berlin - Germany
8.8.2014 - Brutal Assault Festival, Jaromer - Czech Republic
9.8.2014 - Nachtleben, Frankfurt - Germany
13.8.2014 - Les Docks, Lausanne - Switzerland
14.8.2014 - Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn - Austria
15.8.2014 - Summerbreeze Festival, Dinkelsbuhl - Germany

Last year, a recording of the legendary The Retinal Circus performance at London's Roundhouse was released, including the three hour plus show that spans Devin Townsend's entire career. With a full choir and theatrical cast, visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date, several special guests, circus performances and more, this CD/DVD set is a must-have for any Hevy Devy fan! Check out the live video for "Grace" from The Retinal Circus here:

Devin Townsend online:

Thiago Trinsi: on JamUp by Positive Grid

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Jason Becker: Seymour Duncan - What advice would you offer aspiring guitar players on song and solo composition?

What advice would you offer aspiring guitar players on song and solo composition?
Good question. I guess I would say try to come up with a nice melody. So many players have great technique, but they don’t do anything that is enjoyable to listen to. Have some nice chord changes that tug at people’s emotions. Listen to all different types of music. Don’t do stuff that others have already done. We all do that, but try to use different flavors. Don’t always think about what you can do on guitar, think about what you can make people feel.

Full interview