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Interviews

Misha Mansoor Interview – Periphery (2015) Misha Mansoor Interview – Periphery (2015) by

The past five years of Misha Mansoor’s career with progressive metal pioneers Periphery have been filled with exciting landmarks: tours with  legendary bands like Dream Theater and Deftones, four varieties of a signature Jackson guitar, and now, a pair of high-charting albums on the Billboard Top 200.  The band’s third full-length, the cinematic double-disc concept album Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega, is actually their fifth release since 2010’s debut, Periphery. Filling out... Read More →

NAMM 2015: Zakk Wylde Interview @ Wylde Audio NAMM 2015: Zakk Wylde Interview @ Wylde Audio by

Guitar Messenger’s NAMM 2015 interview with Zakk Wylde began with a long black car with tinted windows pulling into the 7-11 parking lot where we’d been told to wait. After being whisked away from the convention grounds, we were welcomed as friends by Zakk in a spacious hotel room filled with unfamiliar gear bearing his trademark bullseye. After making himself a household name by destroying arenas with Ozzy Osbourne, charting his own path with Black Label Society, and partnering... 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

Scale The Summit: Chris Letchford Lesson – Atlas Novus Scale The Summit: Chris Letchford Lesson – Atlas Novus

 [Chris’ Strandberg Boden CL7 signature 7-string guitar is in Standard Tuning: B E A D G B E.] Atlas Novus In this lesson, Chris Letchford breaks down the intro to ‘Atlas Novus’ off Scale The Summit’s third record, The Migration. As explored in our 2011 Artist Lick feature with Chris, this excerpt is also based... Read More →

Heavy Metal Ninjas: Richie Allan Lesson – Istagey & Melodyk Heavy Metal Ninjas: Richie Allan Lesson – Istagey & Melodyk

 [Richie’s Ibanez RG 8-string guitaris tuned to Drop-E: E B E A D G B E, his Strat-type custom guitar is in Drop-B tuning: B F# B E G# C#, and his Ibanez RGD-7 string guitar is in Standard tuning: B E A D G B E.] In this lesson, Richie Allan breaks down several sections from the tracks ‘Istagey’ and ‘Melodyk,’ off... 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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News

Hungarian Prog-Quartet SPECIAL PROVIDENCE Release Fourth Album Hungarian Prog-Quartet SPECIAL PROVIDENCE Release Fourth Album

Special Providence is one of the most well-known modern instrumental bands in the Central-Eastern European region with their virtuosic, yet easily digestible style. Prioritizing their music over individualism allows the... Read More →

Rest Among Ruins – ‘Beyond The Storm’ Guitar Playthrough Rest Among Ruins – ‘Beyond The Storm’ Guitar Playthrough

 [Ben Schmitz and Mike Semesky are playing ESP LTD EC-1000 and Ibanez S Series Prestige S5470 6-string guitars, respectively. Both are tuned to Drop-C: C G C F A D.] Rest Among Ruins is a 3-piece progressive metal act... Read More →

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 →

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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 →

NAMM 2014: Marco Sfogli Interview @ DV Mark Amplifiers NAMM 2014: Marco Sfogli Interview @ DV Mark Amplifiers

Marco Sfogli has been blowing the minds of industry veterans like James Labrie for a decade now with his trademark blend of soulful, inflective rock stylings and stunning technique. We first spoke... 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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