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Interviews

Francesco Artusato Interview (Devil You Know) – Part 2 Francesco Artusato Interview (Devil You Know) – Part 2 by

In PART ONE of our interview, guitar maestro Francesco Artusato revealed details about the formation of his new band, Devil You Know, and gave us a glimpse into the writing sessions that spawned the group’s debut record, The Beauty of Destruction.  In this next segment, Francesco offers some insight about his upcoming solo instrumental record, his approaches to expanding music harmony, and what it means to be a professional musician: IC: I know you have some new solo material in the... Read More →

Francesco Artusato Interview (Devil You Know) – Part 1 Francesco Artusato Interview (Devil You Know) – Part 1 by

Known for his explosive, harmonically-laden guitar fireworks, solo artist and All Shall Perish axe-slinger Francesco Artusato has fired off a new chapter with his supergroup, Devil You Know. The new band found its beginnings amidst writing sessions between Francesco and Australian drummer John Sankey, who is best known for his work with Devolved, as well as Divine Heresy and Fear Factory. Shifting focus from their extreme metal forte, the duo entered into a prolific songwriting period, carefully... Read More →

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Artist Masterclasses

The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – ‘In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me’ Solo The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – ‘In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me’ Solo

 [Ryan's Ibanez FR custom shop guitar is tuned down 2 whole steps to C Standard: C F Bb Eb G C] In this masterclass, Ryan breaks down his solo for the song ‘In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me,’ off The Black Dahlia Murder’s 2013 album, Everblack. The first part of the solo is played over a thrash riff alternating between C# and A notes. Although only single notes are being played in the rhythm guitar part, Ryan interprets the harmony as switching between C# minor and A7. Kicking off in measure 15, the second half of the solo switches… (Continue)

Opeth: Fredrik Åkesson Masterclass Opeth: Fredrik Åkesson Masterclass

[Fredrik's Paul Reed Smith Signature Model guitar is in Standard Tuning: E A D G B E]  String-Skipping / Tapping Lick This lick utilizes both string-skipping and tapping techniques. Fredrik creates some interesting harmonic movement by outlining an Emin7 arpeggio, followed by a combination of Eaug(maj7) and Emaj7 arpeggios. He warns that “the tricky part is to mute the strings… it’s all about muting with this hand and that hand whenever you need to.” Pay special attention to ensure that all notes are cleanly separated and are not bleeding into one another when crossing strings. “When I tap, I tap with… (Continue)

Devin Townsend – Gear Devin Townsend – Gear

Guitars & Rig Guitars make or break songs. I firmly advocate that while certain guitars have a ton of songs in them, certain guitars have zero in them. If a guitar inspires you to play, you are going to write things according to the attributes of that specific guitar. For example, I got this guitar the other day and I’ve written a bunch of sort of poppy riffs on it. Every time I pick up the guitar I’m writing those sort of riffs. I got another guitar the other day that makes me want to write melodies or bluesy sort… (Continue)

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Artist Licks

The Haunted: Ola Englund Lesson – Eye Of The Storm (Solo) The Haunted: Ola Englund Lesson – Eye Of The Storm (Solo)

 [Ola's signature Washburn Solar guitar is tuned down one step to D Standard: D G C F A D.] Eye Of The Storm Solo Ola Englund shows us his Swedish roots as he breaks down his Yngwie Malmsteen/John Norum-inspired solo from The Haunted’s ‘Eye Of The Storm’ from this year’s EP of the same name. Ola’s frequent... Read More →

Feared: Ola Englund Lesson – Mass Destruction (Solo) Feared: Ola Englund Lesson – Mass Destruction (Solo)

 [Ola's signature Washburn Solar guitar is tuned down one step to D Standard: D G C F A D.] Mass Destruction Solo Ola kicks off the solo to Feared’s Mass Destruction with a mysterious lick over the riff in B that includes a b6 and b7 and lands on the major 3. He then further outlines the tonality with a diagonally-ascending B7... Read More →

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Lessons

Jason Richardson – Thought: Main Theme Tabs Jason Richardson – Thought: Main Theme Tabs by

We’re happy to announce that we’re working together with Jason Richardson on an upcoming lesson series. In the meantime, we wanted to share the tabs below of the main theme from Jason’s new single ‘Thought.’ You can listen to it above and pick it up on iTunes. Jason tunes his Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature Model 7-String guitar to Drop-G. Low to high:... Read More →

Don Lappin’s Tapping Technique & West Tide Lesson Don Lappin’s Tapping Technique & West Tide Lesson by

Hi, everybody! Thank you for checking out this lesson. I will be discussing my two-hand tapping technique, as well as showing you one of my tunes, ‘West Tide.’ Let’s get started! Introduction I’ve been developing and using my particular tapping technique for a little over 30 years now. My right hand, or my tapping hand, has a 45 degree angle to the neck of the guitar and I keep... Read More →

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Concert Reviews

The Ophidian Trek – Meshuggah / Baroness / Decapitated @ The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA The Ophidian Trek – Meshuggah / Baroness / Decapitated @ The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA

Vogg of Decapitated Leave it to the world of metal to produce a concert bill where the outfit called Decapitated is the “normal” one. Still, Poland’s death-metal droogs seem the perfect outfit to inaugurate the Ophidian Trek’s local stop at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Their brand of high-velocity... Read More →

Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Red Fang @ House Of Blues – Boston, MA Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Red Fang @ House Of Blues – Boston, MA

Bryan Giles of Red Fang “I remember doing some W.C. Fields impression when I was in second grade and the crowd went ‘YEAH!’” Red Fang vocalist and co-guitarist Bryan Giles confesses with a grin. “I thought ‘Ahhh I could be on stage and have people do that all the time!” Though the... Read More →

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Gear

Francesco Artusato (Devil You Know) – Gear Francesco Artusato (Devil You Know) – Gear

Devil You Know’s Francesco Artusato walks us through his arsenal of Ibanez guitars that he’s currently using on the Revolver Golden Gods tour with Black Label Society and Down. Watch the video... Read More →

NAMM 2014: Hanson Guitars & Lakland Basses NAMM 2014: Hanson Guitars & Lakland Basses

At this year’s NAMM, Guitar Messenger’s Ivan Chopik had a chance to hear from John Pirruccello of Chicago-based Hanson Guitars and Lakland Basses about the careful craftsmanship that’s... Read More →

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News

ARMAGEDDON: ‘Captivity & Devourment’ Lyric Video Posted ARMAGEDDON: ‘Captivity & Devourment’ Lyric Video Posted

  Armageddon first came to life in Sweden in 1997 as a studio project, with the cult release Crossing the Rubicon. The sci-fi themed concept album was followed by Embrace the Mystery in 2000 and Three in 2003, which... Read More →

FRESHMAN GUITARS Reveal Songwriter Series, Featuring AER FRESHMAN GUITARS Reveal Songwriter Series, Featuring AER

At the 2014 Frankfurt Musikmesse, Freshman Guitars have revealed the new Songwriter Series – an inspiring range of guitars featuring new AER systems and designed with the aspiring musician in mind. With twelve models,... Read More →

Animals As Leaders: The Joy Of Motion (Updated 3/4) Animals As Leaders: The Joy Of Motion (Updated 3/4)

ANIMALS AS LEADERS have officially set March 25th as the release date for their much-anticipated new album, The Joy of Motion. This offering is quickly going to be hailed by fans and media alike as the group’s... Read More →

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CD/DVD Reviews

Robert Cray – Nothin’ But Love Robert Cray – Nothin’ But Love

When Muddy Waters sang ‘The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll’ in 1977 it was a lesson to the youth of where this loud new sound had originated from just a scant couple decades ago. Few, however, took to mind the parent within the metaphor.  Young as rock and roll still may have been,... Read More →

High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis

De Vermis Mysteriis album cover. Click to enlarge. Another couple years, another High on Fire LP, and another sturdy contender for album of the year. De Vermis Mysteriis seems at once a staggering achievement and yet somehow inevitable. Matt Pike and company have been churning out reliably high grade... Read More →

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