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Interview: Former Pantera and Down Bassist Rex Brown Talks Gear, Influences and Kill Devil Hill

Rex Brown knows a thing or two about bass. The man has been pounding out well-known, monstrous basslines for close to 30 years, starting with Pantera's first album, Metal Magic, in 1983. Brown, who was inspired to play bass by Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones and Geezer Butler, teamed up with like-minded musicians Vinnie Paul, Terry Glaze and Dimebag Darrell in 1982. Phil Anselmo joined the band in 1987, for ...

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Interview: 10 Questions with Kamelot Guitarist Thomas Youngblood

With Kamelot's tenth studio album — and first with new vocalist Tommy Karevik — due out on October 30, we recently caught up with guitarist and chief songwriter Thomas Youngblood to talk gear, Silverthorn, working with Fabio Lione and more. Having seen you play with Fabio [Lione, Rhapsody of Fire] last year, I have to ask if the thought of doing an album together ever came up? Was that ever a possibility? W ...

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Interview: Pig Destroyer Guitarist Scott Hull Discusses ‘Book Burner,’ Gear and More

In a struggling economy, it becomes harder and harder for musicians of all calibers and genres to maintain successful careers as touring and recording artists. Raising a family — and maybe even working a day job — can work their way up the priority list and leave little room for flexibility. Through trial and error, Pig Destroyer guitarist Scott Hull has found his balance. The Alexandria, Virginia-based gri ...

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“Data Is The New Hustle” – Is The Music Business Getting Any Fairer?

During last Tuesday’s SF MusicTech Summit, I had the privilege of moderating a panel alongside several top minds within music and technology, where a short, yet powerful quote was said that resonated deeply with myself and several members of the audience. “Data is the new hustle,” pronounced BitTorrent’s Executive Director of Marketing Matt Mason. The traditional music business has never been rational (as I ...

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Behexen’s Nightside Emanations: Full Album Stream

Finland’s Behexen have the good taste to traffic in occult black blasphemies, and the good sense not to bludgeon their audience, um, senseless.  Christian-slaughtering speeds certainly take their due, but Behexen take the time to smell the burnt-offering entrails, too.  The year 2012 finds the occult Scandinavian crew unleashing its fourth full-length recording in its sixteenth year of Satan-hailing, and Ni ...

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Photographer J.M. Giordano on Killer Angels, a death metal portraiture project

If you mention “gallery” and “death metal” in the same sentence we’re probably going to think Gallery of Suicide. Maybe this is a sign of the yawning chasm that exists between extreme metal and art/gallery culture, or maybe it’s just a deeply concerning hardwired word association. But, if you think about it, aside from the occasional Norwegian black metal exhibition, extreme metal culture hasn’t exactly bee ...

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Excerpt: Three Horror-Themed Questions with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett

The following in an excerpt taken from the December 2012 issue of Guitar World. For the full story, as well as features on the Beatles, Maroon 5, Bring Me the Horizon and more, pick up the issue on newsstands now, or in our online store. If you made a horror film about Metallica, which monster would play each band member? I would be a vampire, because they’re stealth, lurk in the shadows, and appear and dis ...

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Craig Goldy on Ronnie James Dio – He was the first and last of his kind!

By: Robert Cavuoto It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years since the passing of Ronnie James Dio. It seems like yesterday when I saw him performing with Heaven and Hell at Radio City, and at the theater in Madison Square Garden. Ronnie will always be remembered as one of the greatest hard rock/heavy metal singer to live and, of course, one that was taken too soon. Thankfully, we have his music to remi ...

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Interview: Steve Hackett Discusses His New Album, ‘Genesis Revisited II’

As a guitarist and music lover, I take great pride in having been around to experience some of music’s finest moments. From the '80s success of Van Halen, Alex Lifeson and Randy Rhoads to the rise of Joe Satriani, Kirk Hammett and Joe Bonamassa. Although I loved being able to bear witness to the great players from my high school years, I lament not being “around” (or in diapers) during the heyday of some of ...

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