Saturday, 29 August 2015

Chris Impellitteri: Impellitteri - We Own the Night from the new album "Venom"

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Impellitteri - We Own the Night (Official / New / Studio Album / 2015)

Takashi Katsunori: UK Tech-Fest 2015 Tour featuring Cyclamen + Aeolist!

UK Tech-Metal Fest
UK Tech-Fest 2015 Tour featuring Cyclamen + Aeolist!

We are pleased to announce the return of Cyclamen for a UK headline tour in October with support from Aeolist. The tour will start with them both performing at our bro-fests Euroblast + Mammothfest!

2nd - Euroblast Festival (Cologne)
3rd - Mammoth Fest – Cyclamen (Main Stage)
4th - Mammoth Fest – Aeolist (Rikstock Stage)
8th - London – The Unicorn (FREE ENTRY)
9th - Basingstoke – Sanctuary
10th - Leeds – Bad Apples (FREE ENTRY)
11th - Glasgow – Ivory Blacks
12th - Edinburgh – Opium (FREE ENTRY)
13th - Aberdeen – Downstairs
14th - Manchester – Zombie Hut
15th - Guildford – The Star

Brought to you by Monolithic Music + The Daily Dischord Agency.

Alexandra Zerner: Champion - get well soon tribute to Tony MacAlpine

Tony MacAlpine was recently diagnosed with cancer. This cover is my way of praying for his fast and full recovery.

Champion (Tony MacAlpine) - cover by Alexandra Zerner

Richard Hallebeek: Hungry for some good guitar fusion? Order the RHP triple fusion pack for super low price!

Richard Hallebeek

Hungry for some good guitar fusion? Want to complete your collection? Now’s the time! For a limited time only and in a limited quantity available: RHP PACK - 3 cd’s with transcription book! (with RHPII covers signed by the band)

For only 29,95 euros you’ll get the following cd’s:

- Mark Varney’s Generator (1995) Featuring: Dan Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Scott Kinsey, Carl Verheyen, Frank Gambale

- RHP (2005) Featuring: Shawn Lane and Brett Garsed

- RHPII (2013 - with covers signed by Lalle, Sebastiaan, Frans and Rich) featuring: Alex Machacek, Jose de Castro, Guthrie Govan, Eric Gales, Kiko Loureiro, Randy Brecker, Andy Timmons, Greg Howe.

Plus: RHPII Preorder book: transcriptions with solos from RHPII transcribed by Rich (so all transcriptions are accurate),with a lesson on the diminished scale from Lalle Larsson and charts for three songs from the cd: ‘Bring It On’, ‘Third Phase’ and ‘Think Of Something’

All cd’s released on Richard Hallebeek’s label Richie Rich Music - support independent musicians and buy from the artist!

Click here to order - while supplies last:…

Kiuchi Keiji: Far Beyond The Sun 9 years old japanese guitar player

During my last trip in Japan, I met this amazing 9 years old japanese guitar player. Kiuchi Keiji.
He's playing an Yngwie J Malmsteen cover: Far Beyond The Sun.

Kiuchi Keiji Far Beyond The Sun

Ulisses Miyazawa: In Control - check out the Tony MacAlpine keyboard solo on guitar

Can't resist this cover of an all time classic... check out the keys solo on guitar

Ulisses Miyazawa: Vinnie Moore - IN CONTROL - exceptional cover

Vinnie Moore ( IN CONTROL )- Ulisses Miyazawa

Silvio Gazquez: New Age Guitar Synth Solos - Yourock Guitar Gen2

Raw Improv with world sounds:

1st Demo - Duduk Sound
2nd Demo - Shakuhachi
3rd Demo - Lead Sound

New Age Guitar Synth Solos - Yourock Guitar Gen2

Rick Graham: Raw Practice footage - part 2

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Claudio Pietronik: Improvised solo over "Final Frontier" by Thomas Bergersen - super tasty

Hey there guys! I posted this video 2 days ago on my facebook page and i really didn't expect that kind of result, i was not so sure to upload it!! Now i feel so amazed!! Infinite thanks to everyone with all my heart!
I thought that would be better to upload it on youtube, continue doing these works! I love Thomas Bergersen's music! No words to describe it..

So , i really hope you enjoy it! Stay tuned for other videos!

Claudio Pietronik - Improvised solo over "Final Frontier" by Thomas Bergersen

Eric Calderone: Hayley's Comet - Original - Live at Falk Theater - Eric Calderone V Eric Calderone?

Hey guys!

So the next "Meets Metal" is still in the works but I just wanted to share an original for once haha. This was taken from the concert stream last Sunday. I've always seen the occasional comment about uploading an original but as the video states, I'll be the first to admit I struggle with original material. I'll write something that I think I really cool and then an hour later ..... "wow this sounds exactly like Youth Gone Wild haha. I believe one of the hardest things to do is write a great song. This one, I can bear to listen to.

Thanks for everything and ALWAYS rockin my casbah!
And to everyone that saw the concert, thank you so much for a great time. Hope you dug!

Best to ya


Hayley's Comet (Original) Live at Falk Theater

Ignazio Di Salvo: Improvising over Sunny

Another improvisation over this classic funky-soul tune!

Ignazio Di Salvo Improvising over Sunny

Keshav Dhar, Devesh Dayal: Skyharbor - Out of Time from India featuring with Towering vocals of Eric Emery

Out of Time
by Skyharbor

Out of Time' marks the start of a very exciting and challenging phase for us as a band. As we have done from the beginning, with each release we love to explore a different facet of our music, and add that to the core musical values that define us - emotion, intensity and groove. Aditya and Eric have brought a whole new perspective to our songwriting, and we're so excited to move into the future and create something special with this next album. We are exploring some unfamiliar yet exciting sounds, but staying 100% true to what makes Skyharbor what it is.

I'm on a mission that's never ending
Unwavering state of mind
Chemical thoughts wont stop the bleeding
We're led by the blind

Can't stand to fall in line as you lay your finger on the trigger
Echo the paradox of your empty lies into the ether
Circle like moths to a flame
Now it's time for a change with the fault lines shifting
You are the solace I found inside

All out of time, but we wont be left behind
Run and hide again
Tear it down instead
Till theres nothing left inside

Echoing chaos if ever pressing
Threading needles through the lies
With so much loss and second guessing
What a shame we closed our eyes

I'm done waiting for you
With so much to lose
Confiscating the truth
Embers burning through
With our fates aligned
Can't be left behind

The silence will break us all
And steal away our light
Each hour the end is calling
Together we survive

Now your time's up
released 27 August 2015
Artwork: Kaitlin Beckett | A Curious Bestiary (
Written and performed by Skyharbor
Recorded at YRF Studios, Illusion Audio and Emery Recording
Piano, synths & additional sound design by Aidan O'Brien
Strings arranged by Randy Slaugh
Mixed and mastered by Forrester Savell
Produced by Skyharbor

Gilad Hekselman: Homes - New Album teaser

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Album Featuring:
Gilad Hekselman - guitar, Joe Martin - bass, Marcus Gilmore - drums & special guest Jeff Ballard - drums
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Homes by Gilad Hekselman - New Album teaser

Ossi Maristo: Eldar Djangirov - Polaris Piano Solo transcribed for guitar... awesome stuff

Solo transcription from Eldars album Re-imagination.

Polaris Piano Solo - Eldar Djangirov

Nita Strauss: The day I got tricked into meeting my guitar hero, Jason Becker

A few months ago, my boyfriend and savvy business manager Josh told me that I had an audition to be the face of a new guitar app that was going to be the next big thing in the music world. Little did I know it was an elaborate trick that would end in me playing a composition by one of my biggest guitar influences- in front of him in his own living room.

Full story at!
Nita Strauss: The day I got tricked into meeting my guitar hero, Jason Becker

Billy Gibbons: releasing Perfectamundo on Concord Records

Concord Records is releasing Perfectamundo on October 23. It’s the debut solo album from Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, who is backed by a handpicked group of musicians dubbed The BFG’s on this unique outing. As the title may suggest, the album takes on a bit of an Afro-Cuban flavor that may come as a surprise to some Gibbons fans and followers.

“Got Love If You Want It”
“Treat Her Right”
“You’re What’s Happenin’, Baby”
“Sal Y Pimiento”
“Pickin’ Up Chicks On Dowling Street”
“Hombre Sin Nombre”
“Quiero Mas Dinero”
“Baby Please Don’t Go”
“Piedras Negras”

News: IK Multimedia and Mesa Engineering proudly announce that 
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie for Mac/PC is available now

IK Multimedia and Mesa Engineering proudly announce that 
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie for Mac/PC is available now

Now players can inject high-gain magic and mayhem into their recordings with ease with AmpliTube MESA/Boogie for Mac & PC — the ultimate official digital collection of MESA/Boogie amps and cabinets

August 25, 2015 - IK Multimedia is proud to announce that AmpliTube® MESA/Boogie® is now available in the AmpliTube Custom Shop, from authorized retailers and from the IK Online store. A close collaboration between IK Multimedia and the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie brings some of the most legendary amplifiers and cabinets from the original boutique manufacturer to AmpliTube® 3 Custom Shop for Mac and PC. Its release this week also gives musicians the ability to check it out and get it early while still taking advantage of IK’s low $/€99.99 pre-order pricing. 

AmpliTube MESA/Boogie gives guitarists, producers, engineers and more the power to play through models of some of MESA/Boogie's most famous genre-defining amplifiers and cabinets. These exciting new co-developed models deliver everything from the gorgeous clean sounds, percussive aggression and tight crunch of the Rectifier series to the violin-like sustain of the Mark series to the ultra-flexible mid-gain British leanings of the TransAtlantic TA-30, and everything in between.

This first-ever, officially authorized software by MESA® line-up includes models of the classic Boogie® V-Curve EQ'd crunch rhythm and singing lead voice of both the MARK III and MARK IV as well as the crushing gain of the Dual Rectifier and Triple Rectifier - amps that have ruled the airwaves for almost two decades. And as an added bonus, the TransAtlantic TA-30 (MESA's upscale tribute to the classic British EL84 legacy) is included as well. It roams the elusive pushed clean and medium gain territories with both finesse and attitude.

And, like all AmpliTube virtual gear, these models have been carefully crafted to sound, look and perform just like their hardware counterparts. Each model has been meticulously scrutinized, worked, re-worked and approved by the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering. AmpliTube MESA/Boogie also comes with over 100 factory and artist presets to get you started, with additional presets available in the AmpliTube Preset XChange on the IK Multimedia web site. The addition of these inspiring MESA/Boogie amp models to AmpliTube Custom Shop means the world's biggest library of officially authorized virtual guitar gear just got even bigger.

AmpliTube MESA/Boogie is available for purchase via the free AmpliTube Custom Shop standalone software and DAW plug-in, and the through the “Custom Shop” feature inside of the latest version of AmpliTube 3 for Mac/PC.  Registered users of AmpliTube 3 or AmpliTube Custom Shop software should update their software to the latest version to get access to the AmpliTube MESA/Boogie package.  Custom Shop users can also “try before they buy” amps from the AmpliTube MESA/Boogie collection, a feature not offered in many music stores.  Individual amps and cabinets can also be purchased a-la-carte from the AmpliTube Custom Shop.

High-gain boogie on the desktop/laptop
Nothing says high-gain modern guitar tone like MESA/Boogie. MESA literally invented the concept when the original boutique amp company burst on the scene in the late '60s with the now legendary MARK I Boogie®. Its innovative "cascading gain" tube preamp introduced guitarists to a new, never-before-possible world of gain and sustain that was, at long last, separate from volume.

Leap-frogging all existing guitar technologies of the day, that original tone was a defining part of the sound of golden-era greats, like: Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Grateful Dead and countless other recording artists throughout the 70s. And that original tone has also helped to set the stage for successive waves of era-defining high-gain tones over the years thanks to amps like the MESA/Boogie MARK II, III and IV and the inimitable Rectifier Series, which again completely re-defined MESA's impact on the world of rock. When the percussive yet perfectly-scooped high-gain aggression of the Rectos was unleashed on the radio via the music of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Linkin Park, Creed and other 90’s greats, there was no turning back — forever after, guitar HAD to be menacing. Today the Rectos continue to widen their footprint in defining rock and metal, and, after 21 years, they're still in constant demand and uninterrupted production.

AmpliTube MESA/Boogie recreates this historic and diverse legacy in virtual form. IK software engineers worked with the Mesa Engineering R&D team to ensure that each amplifier and cabinet has been rendered with the same degree of integrity and attention-to-detail that goes into the company's physical products. And it’s not just the sound that's been replicated in exacting detail, its also the look and feel: the operation of both the front and the back panel controls has been fully replicated to provide precise and ultra-realistic performance and function. 

The amplifiers and cabinets available in AmpliTube MESA/Boogie include:

MESA/Boogie Dual and Triple Rectifier: THE standard for modern high-gain heavy guitar tone. The Rectifier amps are aggressive amplifiers for aggressive players. Effectively two different power section versions of the same amp introduced in 1989, these amps deliver maximum tone flexibility and serious rock attitude. Both have played a major role in defining the sound of grunge, metal and countless other forms of hard and heavy music. Each amp offers 3-channel, 8-mode operation and varying levels of tube saturation, plus a switchable virtual tube/solid state rectifier section. Soul, personality and feel: The Rectifiers provide a tremendous range of sounds that can be everything from crushingly percussive to liquid and elastic. These amps provide a high-gain response that can't be found anywhere else.

MESA/Boogie Mark III: This amp from 1984 is the first original 3-channel "Tri-Modal Amplifier" design. It features an amazing set of sonic sculpting tools via its original three-channel setup: Rhythm, a distinct midrange "Crunch" Rhythm and a Lead channel with independent gain and master volume controls. And, just like on the hardware amp it's based on, it features a full spread of tone controls as well as the vitally important Boogie 5-band Graphic EQ section. When combined, it provides for a huge range of additional tone tweaking options that make it easy for players to easily recreate the sounds they hear in their heads.

MESA/Boogie Mark IV: An improvement on a classic, this amp from 1990 takes everything that made the Mark III the standard for Boogie tone in that era and makes it even better. Three big sounds with individual controls define the tone palette for this powerhouse of a unit. Its three channels allow it deliver an incredibly wide sonic array that stretches from sparkling clean tones to ultra high-gain lead sounds that are rich with harmonics and sustain. It's the very definition of MESA/Boogie's signature high-gain sound.

MESA/Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30: A decidedly British MESA/Boogie tribute. This model captures the essence of what, for MESA, was an exercise in simplicity of operation and comprehensive tonal control. It features two-channel operation and 5 distinct "Mode" voicing choices that reference several classic British and American circuits. Throw in the Gain Boost feature and two high-gain options (HI 1 and HI 2 in Channel 2), and this model covers everything from classic 60s to crushing contemporary. Each channel also features the flexibility of 3 levels of output power. This allows for a full range of power response and character that adds yet another level of accuracy and authenticity to its preamp sounds! This amp may be the most versatile yet simple-to-use MESA amplifier ever made, and it covers anything and everything the other models might miss due to their higher power ranges and gain structures.

The world’s coolest online gear store
In the four years since its release in 2011, AmpliTube Custom Shop has established itself as the largest collection of virtual gear on the market. Its easily browsable selection of amps, stomps, cabinets and more includes officially certified models from the likes of such legendary greats as MESA/Boogie®, Fender™, Ampeg®, Orange®, Soldano™, Groove Tubes®, Gallien-Krueger®, Jet City Amplification™, THD® and T-Rex®, Fulltone®, Z.Vex®, Carvin®, Morley®, Wampler Pedals®, Dr. Z®, ENGL® and more. In addition to these well-recognized brands, there's also signature gear from artists like Slash and Jimi Hendrix™. All told, there are over 280 pieces of professional-grade gear now available for trial and purchase in the AmpliTube Custom Shop!

A one-stop tone shop
The AmpliTube Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone software that gives players 24/7 access to some of the most sought-after analog and digital music gear of all time. Once installed, it allows players to browse, audition and purchase collections from the world's top gear manufacturers à-la-carte. Each model can be tested for free before purchase, just like trying out an amp or effect in a physical guitar shop. Gear models are sold in the Custom Shop using Gear Credits and are priced between 5 and 30 credits each. Gear Credits are sold in packs from a minimum of 20 credits to a maximum of 1,500 credits, with individual gear models starting as low as $/€3 each!

Plugging in to a world of sound 
With IK Multimedia's range of interfaces for mobile devices and Mac and PC, getting tone from AmpliTube is as simple as plugging into an amplifier. iRig 2, iRig HD and iRig PRO are IK's latest generation of interfaces that allow players to plug in and get pristine, pure sound quality from their Mac or PC (or iPhone or iPad).

Pricing and availability
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie is available now for the special launch week price of just $/€99.99* from the IK Multimedia online store and for just 100 Custom Shop Gear Credits from the AmpliTube Custom Shop.  After September 1, 2015, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie will cost $/€149.99.  Individual MESA/Boogie amps and cabinets are available a-la-carte in the AmpliTube Custom Shop starting at $/€34.99 for the amps and $/€9.99 for the cabinets.

*All prices listed exclude taxes. 

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Chris Broderick: An Interview with The Metalist

The Metalist
An Interview With: Chris Broderick (Act of Defiance)

We interview one of the world's most prominent guitarists, Chris Broderick as he we speak of life after Megadeth under the scope of his new venture, Act of Defiance...